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BIA5013 Theology of Leadership


Northwestern College Graduate & Continuing Education 3003 Snelling Avenue North St. Paul, Minnesota 55113

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BIA5013 Theology of Leadership

Northwestern College Syllabus
Credits 2

An introduction to principles of leadership found in Scripture and contemporary theory. Students will also identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the construction of a personal theology of leadership.

Learning Objectives
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Distinguish different approaches to leadership Describe biblical leadership as found in the examples and teachings of Scripture Compare biblical principles with contemporary leadership theory Value the servant leadership model of Jesus Construct a personal theology of leadership based upon self-assessment

Banks, Robert and Bernice M. Ledbetter. Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches (Engaging Culture). Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics. Year: 2004 Laniak, Timothy S. Shepherds after My own Heart. Publisher: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. Year: 2006 Malphurs, Aubrey. Being Leaders. Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics. Year: 2003

Reading Response Paper 1 Reading Response Paper 2 Personal Leadership Assessment Inventories Theology of Leadership Paper Exegetical Paper Classroom Presentation Total

20 20 40 60 20 40 200 73 70 67

10 10 20 30 10 20 100 D DF 63 60 < 60
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Grading Scale Percentages

A AB+ 93 90 87 B BC+ 83 80 77 C CD+


Guidelines and Information

Students are responsible for all content of the GCE Student Handbook. The most recent version of the GCE Student Handbook is located on theROCK and includes the following policies and procedures: Deadlines for dropping or withdrawing Attendance (absences and tardiness) Student/instructor communication Assignments (late work, plagiarism and Examinations Grading Using course sites Instructors may have course-related expectations that further detail the policies and procedures outlined in the GCE Student Handbook. Any such expectations must be provided to students in writing (e.g., handout, course site posting) prior to or at the beginning of the class. Traditional undergraduate students enrolled in GCE courses are subject to the traditional undergraduate student handbook for all non-course-specific policies and procedures.


NWC students requiring accommodations for academic support or support for other reasons in association with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are directed to notify the Disabilities Office for Support Services (DOSS) immediately. Accommodations must receive prior approval. Confidentiality is respected! ADA accommodations are processed through the DOSS office which is under the direction of The Center of Academic Programs for Support Services (CAPSS). Contact: Mr. David Golias, Assistant Director, DOSS & CLT, 651-286-7446, or Dr. Yvonne RB-Banks, Dean, Academic Support Services, 651-631-5221,

Critical Response to Alternate Viewpoints

When students are reading or viewing assignments, they may encounter viewpoints, words or images that their instructors would not use or endorse. Students should know that materials are chosen for their value in learning to read, write and view critically, not because the materials are necessarily Christian. For further information and assistance in responding critically, see the GCE Student Handbook.

Tips for Success

You are expected to attend every class session, to arrive on time, and to be prepared for engaging in the course materialeven on the very first class session. Homework is to be completed and you are to be prepared for educational discussions when we meet together. 1. Start reading before class begins. The course texts are slow and careful reads. Use the instructions and questions for the two reading reports to help you read with more purpose (see Reading Response Paper 1 and Reading Response Paper 2 below). 2. Read every day. The course text by Laniak has 16 sections or chapters. If you read five to six chapters every week, you will complete the book in three weeks. Since the chapters attempt to be Scripture-based, you might do this reading as part of your daily devotional exercise. Note that an exegetical paper focusing on one character in this text is due the last night of class and must follow the format prescribed below (see Exegetical Paper below).
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3. Be reflective. The course text by Malphurs contains several self-assessment tools that help you reflect on your own leadership skills and giftedness. For your convenience (and with Malphurs permission), the course site reproduces several of those assessment tools in the Personal Leadership Assessment Inventories exercise. While the assessments are not due until the third meeting of the class, you may want to begin reading the book long before that time so you can more carefully, reflectively, and beneficially complete the assessment exercises. 4. Plan ahead. In consultation with the instructor, select one chapter in section II through V of your own choosing from the Laniak book. Since every student is to write an exegetical paper and present a synopsis to the rest of the class in our last meeting, each student should select a different chapter to summarize. Thus, you will want to review the options in advance; chapters are assigned on a first-come, first-claimed basis. However, please note that reading the entire book will be very beneficial to your understanding of the various leadership concepts and preparation of the final presentation.

Reading and Reflection
Come to each class periodincluding the very first meeting of the classhaving completed the appropriate reading and coursework assignments and ready to engage in discussion of the material.

Submission Criteria
All written assignments (outlined below) are to be submitted on the course site prior to the beginning of the class session in which they are assigned. All assignments submitted late will receive a deduction of 3% initially and 2% per day after that.

Reading Response Paper 1Due Week 1

After reading the course text by Banks and Ledbetter, Chapters 13 (pp. 972) write a 4-page paper (typewritten in 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins) clearly addressing the following issues: 1. Banks and Ledbetter make a distinction between leadership and management. To what extent do you agree/disagree with this distinction and why? 2. Given the complexity of issues and parameters that surround the discussion of leadership, as outlined by Banks and Ledbetter, construct a definition of leadership that takes such issues and parameters into account. 3. Since we want to analyze leadership in this course, make a short list of the differing approaches to analyzing leadership used in the last two centuries, according to Banks and Ledbetter (see pp. 4953). 4. Make a short list of the metaphors for leadership discussed by Banks and Ledbetter. Can you think of any other metaphors they could have included? 5. Banks and Ledbetter have several lists of tensions for Christian leaders in various times and circumstances (pp. 32, 49, and 5253). Which tensions are currently of primary concern to you? Why? 6. Banks and Ledbetter list several emphases of current writers about leadership (p. 53) and assert, Some of these emphases have much in common with biblical perspectives on leadership. To what extent do you agree/disagree with their assessment, regarding which emphases, and why?
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7. Banks and Ledbetter list several characteristics of leadership that bears the imprint of faith (p. 55). To what extent do you agree/disagree with their listwhat characteristics, if any, would you leave off the list and what additional characteristics, if any, would you want to include? Why? 8. Banks and Ledbetter identify three basic meanings of the term spirituality in todays writings on leadership (p. 63): spirituality in humanistic terms (e.g., the personal power within an individuals own being), spirituality in cosmic and/or interreligious terms (e.g., the higher power found in all of life around us) and spirituality in traditionally religious terms (e.g., the individuals relationship with the real and personal God who rules over all of life). How do you think we, as Christians who espouse the third view of spirituality, should interact with individuals and literature that promote the other views of spirituality?

Reading Response Paper 2Due Week 2

After reading the course text by Banks and Ledbetter, Chapters 46 (pp. 73135) write a 4-page paper (typewritten in 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins) clearly addressing the following issues: 1. Of the various books on leadership that Banks and Ledbetter review in Chapter 4, which books intrigue you the most? Why? 2. Reflecting on p. 82 (and its context) of Banks and Ledbetters book, summarize the pitfalls of reading too much of modern life and values back into the lives of leaders in Scripture and Jesus in particular. 3. To what extent do you agree and/or disagree with Banks and Ledbetters concluding remarks about an effective and comprehensive biblical theology of leadership on page 93? 4. Summarize the issues (factors involved) and concerns (potential problems and confusions) regarding faithfulness, integrity, and service (Chapter 5) with respect to a Christian theology of leadership. 5. Reflecting on their discussion of servant leadership, what do you think about the assertion of Banks and Ledbetter, What we need today are not, as is often suggested, more servant leaders but, properly understood, more leading servants (p. 111)? 6. To what extent do you agree and/or disagree with each of the answers that Banks and Ledbetter give to the four questions about leaders they discuss in Chapter 6?

Personal Leadership Assessment InventoriesDue Week 3

While reading through the course text by Malphurs, note that the author provides several different personal leadership assessment inventories designed to help you learn more about yourself. With permission of the author, appendixes D, F, G, H, K, L, M, O, and Q have been reproduced for you on the course site. Submit these completed assessment exercises to the professor. Here is a checklist of these inventories: The Servant Leader Audit (from Appendix D). Spiritual Gifts Inventory (from Appendix F). Natural Gifts and Abilities Indicator (from Appendix G). Passion Audit (from Appendix H). Relational Skills Inventory (from Appendix K). Task Skills Inventory (from Appendix L). Leadership Style Inventory (from Appendix M).
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Leaders Core Values Audit (from Appendix O). Ideal Ministry Circumstances Audit (from Appendix Q).

Theology of Leadership PaperDue Week 4

Reflecting upon what you have learned in this course through your reading, class discussions and personal assessments, write a 4-page summary of your theology of leadership (typewritten in 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins). Your paper should at least have sections with the following headings, but may contain additional sections. Be sure to make use of Scripture in your reflections. 1. My Definition of Leadership 2. Characteristics of a Specifically Christian Approach to Leadership 3. My Mission and Core Values as a Christian Leader 4. A Summary of My Leadership Gifts and Abilities 5. My Ideal Job Description

Exegetical Paper and Classroom PresentationDue Week 4

Exegetical Paper
Jesus Christs incarnation, life, death, resurrection and ascension provide a basis for deep reflection on what leadership from a Christian perspective may look like. Many of the passages of the Bible capture the essence of the various leadership models discussed in class. Closely examine a select passage, and present your case for what Christian leaders should learn from that leaders example. Present a set of principles that Christian leaders may utilize, providing relevant examples of how each leadership principle may be applied in a contemporary organizational setting. The particular chapter of Laniaks text you will be covering should also be communicated to the instructor and is due by beginning of class on Week 3. Your paper should be 79 pages (12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins). Include at least six exegetical and leadership references, not including the Bible, in the bibliography.

Classroom Presentation
The presentation consists of reading aloud excerpts from your written Exegetical Paper to the rest of the class. The use of a PowerPoint presentation to accompany the reading is permissible and may even be helpful for conveying the information. After the reading of the paper, field questions about the presentation from the other class members. Each presenter has 20 minutes total for the classroom presentation. The schedule of presentations should allow each student 15 minutes for presenting their findings, and 5 minutes for question-answer discussions. PowerPoint files are to be submitted to the instructor at least 1 hour prior to the beginning of the presentation session in order to facilitate smooth technological transitions between presentations.



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Complete all assignments in preparation for the class session under which they are listed. For any questions regarding these assignments, contact the instructor. Session Notes Week 1 Assignments Read Banks and Ledbetter, Chapters 13, pp. 972 Reading Response Paper 1 (addressing specific questions) Topic Week 2

Distinguish different approaches to leadership

Assignments Read Banks and Ledbetter, Chapters 46, pp. 73135 Initiate work on the Exegetical Paper Reading Response Paper 2 (addressing specific questions) Topic

Describe biblical leadership as found in the examples and teachings of Scripture

Week 3

Assignments Read Malphurs, pp. 13173. Malphurs provides several personal leadership assessment inventories in appendixes, which are reproduced in the course site for you to complete. Personal Leadership Assessment Inventories Topic

Compare biblical principles with contemporary leadership theory; value the servant leadership model of Jesus

Week 4

Assignments Theology of Leadership Paper Exegetical Paper Classroom Presentation Topic

Construct a personal theology of leadership based upon self-assessment Classroom presentations on Exegetical Papers



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For Further Study

These resources are not required reading for this course. Agosto, Efrain. Servant Leadership: Jesus and Paul. St. Louis: Chalice, 2005. (248 pp.; notes 21331; bib. 23240; indexes 24148) Barna, George. A Fish Out of Water: 9 Strategies Effective Leaders Use to Help You Get Back into the Flow. Nashville: Integrity, 2002. (204 pp.; bib. 19395; notes 201204) Beeman, Thomas, and Richard Glenn. Leading from Within: Twelve Concepts for Leaders Who Seek a Spiritual Frame of Reference. Franklin, Tenn.: Providence House, 2005. (160 pp.) Blackaby, Henry and Richard Blackaby. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to Gods Agenda. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001. (306 pp.; notes 28996; bib. 29799; index 300305) Blanchard, Ken, and Phil Hodges. Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Times. Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005. (239 pp.; notes 23739) Boa, Kenneth. The Perfect Leader: Practicing the Leadership Traits of God. Colorado Springs: Victor Books, 2006. (256 pp.; readers guide 23955) Briner, Bob, and Ray Pritchard. Leadership Lessons of Jesus. New York: Gramercy, 1998. (352 pp.) Brown, Patricia D. Learning to Lead from Your Spiritual Center. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996. (149 pp.) Burke, H. Dale. Less is More Leadership. Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House, 2004; reprint, How to Lead and Still Have a Life: the 8 Principles of Less is More Leadership. Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House, 2006. (239 pp.; notes 23639) Clinton, J. Robert. The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1988. (272 pp.; notes 21334; glossary 23558; bib. 25961; indexes 26372) Conger, Jay A., ed. Spirit at Work: Discovering the Spirituality in Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994. (222 pp.; index 21522) Dodd, Brian J. Empowered Church Leadership: Ministry in the Spirit According to Paul. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003. (191 pp.; notes 18186; indexes 18791) Doohan, Helen. Leadership in Paul. Good News Studies 11. Wilmington, Del.: Michael Glazier, 1984. (208 pp.; glossary 16872; ann. bib. 17393; bib. 194203; indexes 204208) Engstrom, Ted W. The Making of a Christian Leader. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1976. (214 pp.; bib. 209; indexes 21114) Engstrom, Ted W., and Paul A. Cedar. Compassionate Leadership. Ventura, Calif.: Regal, 2006. (170 pp.)



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Finzel, Hans. The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make. Colorado Springs: Victor Books, 2000. (200 pp.; bib. 197200) Ford, Leighton. Transforming Leadership: Jesus Way of Creating Vision, Shaping Values & Empowering Change. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1991. (308 pp.; notes 301306; index 307308) Gangel, Kenneth O. Feeding & Leading. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1989. (336 pp.; bib. 32329; indexes 33136) Getz, Gene A. Elders and Leaders: Gods Plan for Leading the Church: A Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Perspective. Chicago: Moody, 2003. (362 pp.) Gibbs, Eddie. LeadershipNext: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2005. (237 pp.; notes 21725; bib. 22730; indexes 23137) Greenleaf, Robert K. Servant Leadership: A Journey into Legitimate Power and Greatness. New York: Paulist, 1977. (335 pp.; index 33135) Gunderson, Denny. The Leadership Paradox: A Challenge to Servant Leadership in a Power Hungry World. Seattle: YWAM, 1996. (206 pp.) Haggai, John. Lead On! Leadership That Endures in a Changing World. Waco: Word, 1986. (208 pp.; bib. 19498; notes 199200; index 201208) Higginson, Richard. Transforming Leadership: A Christian Approach to Management. London: SPCK, 1996. (160 pp.) Hybels, Bill. Courageous Leadership. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002. (253 pp.) Jones, Laura Beth. Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership. New York: Hyperion, 1995. (352 pp.) Klopp, Henry. The Leadership Playbook: A Game Plan for Becoming an Effective Christian Leader. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004. (205 pp.; notes 199205) MacArthur, John. The Book on Leadership. Nashville: Nelson, 2004. (240 pp.) Maxwell, John C. Developing the Leader within You. Nashville: Nelson, 1993. (207 pp.; notes 203207) . Developing the Leaders around You. Nashville: Nelson, 1995. (203 pp.; notes 203) . The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person that People Will Want to Follow. Nashville: Nelson, 1999. . The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. Nashville: Nelson, 1998. (231 pp.; notes 22731)



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McIntosh, Gary L., and Samuel D. Rima. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: The Paradox of Personal Dysfunction. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998. (233 pp.; notes 22731; bib. 23233) McKenna, David L. Power to Follow, Grace to Lead: Strategy for the Future of Christian Leadership. Waco: Word, 1989. (199 pp.; notes 19799) Means, James E. Leadership in Christian Ministry. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989. (209 pp.; bib. 201204; index 205209) Pascarella, Perry. Christ-Centered Leadership: Thriving in Business by Putting God in Charge. Rocklin, Calif.: Prima, 1999. (288 pp.) Rardin, Richard. The Servants Guide to Leadership: Beyond First Principles. N. p.: Selah, 2001. (290 pp.) Rinehart, Stacy T. Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1998. (171 pp.) Sanders, J. Oswald. Paul the Leader: A Vision for Christian Leadership Today. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1984. (191 pp.) Sanders, J. Oswald. Spiritual Leadership. Rev. ed. Chicago: Moody, 1994. (192 pp.) Stanley, Andy. The Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future. Sisters, Ore.: Multnomah, 2003. (165 pp.; notes 16365) Swindoll, Charles R. Hand Me Another Brick: How Effective Leaders Motivate Themselves and Others. Rev. ed. Nashville: Word, 1998. (214 pp.; study guide 193211; notes 21314) Wilkes, C. Gene. Jesus on Leadership. Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1998. (272 pp.) Williams, Benjamin D., and Michael T. McKibben. Oriented Leadership: Why All Christians Need It. Syosset, N.Y.: Orthodox Church of America, 1994. (285 pp.) Wright, Walter C. Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Leadership Service. Exeter, Eng.: Paternoster, 2000. (230 pp.)



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