During this course, you will be introduced to the concepts of organization, organizational culture, paradigm and worldviews, including both biblical and secular perspectives. Particular attention will be given to the manner in which culture, paradigms, and worldviews shape our understanding of leadership.

Beyond the major theories and concepts of leadership and organizations, you will be exposed to the major points of interest and questions that surround the study of organizational leadership. Some of these issues include the distinction between leadership and leaders, the distinction between leadership and management, the place of followership in leadership studies, and the meaning of servant leadership.

Using this knowledge, you will be challenged to examine and re-conceptualize your understanding of leadership and to begin to apply these concepts and theories in today’s increasingly complex organizations. Throughout the MSLS Program, your conception of organizational leadership will be influenced, shaped, and changed as you are introduced to issues in various courses that are part of the organizational leadership domain.

This course prepares the student for developing strategies that will achieve their ministry's purpose or specific vision. It will also help students understand the concepts of Purpose, Vision, Mission and Strategy from a Biblical perspective and focus on the ability to apply these concepts to their own ministry setting.

In order to develop the strategies, the student will learn about strategies specific to the context of ministry work and will be introduced to the logic model and to group intervention methods. The student will be guided on how to create a theoretical logic model of their organization’s work. Additionally, as a way for the student to develop the needed strategies and complete the next step of their ministry logic model, the student will also be guided on how to facilitate an Appreciative Inquiry Summit, which is an effective group intervention method.

To create the logic model, the course will provide information on different aspects of ministry work. For students ministering in the Church, the course will provide an example of how a church created a very successful strategy that is yielding much fruit. For those in parachurch organizations, the course will also provide information they need specific to their ministry to consider when strategizing in a nonprofit organization.

Project Management is becoming a sought after leadership competency. This course will endeavor to give leaders a thorough introduction to the processes involved in executing a well-crafted project. It will be a course that instructs non-project managers in the art and science of Project Management.

 

The course will combine classic texts in technical Project Management with more contemporary, practical texts geared for unofficial project managers. It will highlight the major frameworks connected to the Project Management body of knowledge, specifically the main framework of: initiating the project, planning the project, executing the project, monitoring the project, and closing the project. In addition, the course will examine the intersection of leadership principles and Project Management. Finally, the course will present ideas in order to integrate a Christian worldview with the discipline of Project Management.

 

The major project for this course will be the creation of a Project Management Plan that can be implemented within a student’s organization, integrating components from the Project Management Processes.


Project Management is becoming a sought after leadership competency. This course will endeavor to give leaders a thorough introduction to the processes involved in executing a well-crafted project. It will be a course that instructs non-project managers in the art and science of Project Management.

 

The course will combine classic texts in technical Project Management with more contemporary, practical texts geared for unofficial project managers. It will highlight the major frameworks connected to the Project Management body of knowledge, specifically the main framework of: initiating the project, planning the project, executing the project, monitoring the project, and closing the project. In addition, the course will examine the intersection of leadership principles and Project Management. Finally, the course will present ideas in order to integrate a Christian worldview with the discipline of Project Management.

 

The major project for this course will be the creation of a Project Management Plan that can be implemented within a student’s organization, integrating components from the Project Management Processes.