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LEAD 610 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics

The course explores the foundational teaching and primary metaphors of leadership including theories, models, and concepts viewed in the context of God’s call on the covenant community in the redemptive history. Part of the course covers ethical philosophies, construction of framework for ethical decision, and application of ethical principles in one’s personal life and work place.

Units: 3

WHO NEEDS THIS COURSE?

Graduate students:

  • MMin (core course)
  • MDiv (core course)
  • MAEd
  • MBA, MSA

This course may also be taken by

  • Pastors for continuing education
  • Pastors and missionaries as non-degree course for professional development
  • Graduate students of other schools as transfer credit

TIME INVESTMENT

At least 3-5 hours/week day for approximately 2 months

 

COURSE GOALS

Upon completion of this course, the students would have:

  • Gain the foundational understanding of theoretical, philosophical, and biblical principles and approaches of biblical leadership.
  • Identify the essential characteristics, qualities, and requirements of Christian leaders by studying biblical characters.
  • Understand organizational structures and develop the knowledge and skills to function as reflective, adaptive, and proactive leaders.
  • Recognize the urgent need for missional leaders and aspire to serve the SDA church cross-culturally on a regional, national and global level.
  • Become knowledgeable about the range of leadership theories and practice in their area of service.
  • Deepen the understanding of servant leadership in their area of work by exploring personal and professional applications.
  • Expand the knowledge of possible future directions and forms of leadership through reflective journals and forum discussions.
  • Build a community of inquiry where learners assist and help each other with issues related to leadership and ethics using technology.
  • Participate and reflect on ethical decision-making based on mission, vision and values of leadership.
  • Critically analyze the practice of Christian leadership and explore it from the point of view of ethics and accountability, and its importance for decision making.
  • Participate actively in problem solving associated with difficult ethical dilemmas encountered in their leadership roles.
  • Understand the ways in which perspectives in ethics inform perceptions, value systems, character development, beliefs, and actions.

 

TOPICS TO COVER

Week 1

Introduction and Course Overview

Week 2

Biblical Leadership Models

Week 3

Christian Leadership

Week 4 

Servant Leadership

Week 5

Leadership, Power and Authority

Week 6

Leadership and Christian Ethics

Week 7

Leadership Theories

Week 8

Summary, Synthesis and Application

      

 

DEVELOPER AND FACILITATOR

Diói Cruz, DMin

Dr. Diói Cruz serves as an Assistant Professor in the Theological Seminary at AIIAS. He is a native of São Paulo, Brazil. His particular areas of interest are contextualized evangelism, cross-cultural communication, sociolinguistics, holistic ministry, and leadership.