Study of how teams influence leadership effectiveness, with emphasis on how to develop interactive and dynamic groups, working in the virtual or face-to-face environment. Topics include the various means of sharing information when working in any team environment and the strategy of conducting environmental scanning to identify communication issues and formulate solutions.

In this module, students will learn about employee relations, labor relations, workplace safety, and global human resources and will conclude by discussing how human resources is being leveraged to help organizations achieve performance excellence. Special attention has been placed on the role of conflict and how the HR manager can properly handle conflict in various organizational settings.

This module focuses on human resource development and total compensation. Human Resource Development topics include training and development, performance management, career development, and training evaluation. Methods of compensation design and benefits administration will also be covered.

Changes in technology require that employees gain new skills and education. To remain competitive in a global economy, employers need to provide training and development programs to equip their employees to adapt to these changes. The principles for establishing effective training and development methods include design, delivery, and assessment.

This module will explore what contemporary management literature has termed the learning organization – an organization whose multiple arenas (technology and structures, human processes and resources, and strategy) are poised to anticipate change. The focus will be on components of training and development programs, which involve the transfer of knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes to organizational members. Working with a text of practical guidelines by an experienced consultant, students will employ a general program design model to structure an actual (or hypothetical) training sequence that includes needs analysis, objective setting, developing and implementing content, transferring learning, and evaluating effectiveness. A major theme in these sessions addresses adult learning and motivation, drawing on contemporary research and on the age-old wisdom of the Christian story and the Master teacher.

Students will be encouraged to reflect on theories, concepts, and processes from previous courses that relate to assessing, developing, implementing, and sustaining ongoing training and development in organizations.

The major project for this course will be the creation of a training and development program that can be implemented within their organization, integrating components from the program design model outlined in the text.

A study of the Book of Acts with practical application for ministry today.

This course will examine the role of the congregation as a moral agent for positive change in the community. The course will be divided into three phases of discussion: (1) developing a theological framework for understanding community (heirs and the disinherited), giving special attention to the faith community as a support group; (2) overcoming obstacles to community building and exploring resources and strategies for community organizing; and (3) strategies for reconciliation and conflict resolution in small groups and in addressing public issues.

The major theme of this Module is to recognize the various behaviors found in organizations both from the focus of the organization itself and the people who work there.  In the ever-changing work environment, the principles of management, supervision, and leadership shift considerably to the evolving business climate of new demands and expectations.  While management theories form the foundation of understanding, methods vary widely as to the “best” way of getting things done through people.