Advanced Leadership and Administration

CE 503 Advanced Leadership and Administration

Leadersip Vision colleges, internet bible collegeToday, more than ever, good leaders need to be good administrators, if not in practice then in the understanding of what is required in administration.  Keeping ahead of legislation, understanding the needs of the business of the church is as much a Biblical responsibility as any other aspect of ministry.  The course will assist a leader to understand and impliment good administration practices.

Techniques of leadership

I. Course Description

A church leader wears many hats. In this course learners discover how to maximize productivity in the various functions of church leadership. The course examines the biblical foundation and practical functions of administrative leadership in churches and Christian organizations, and focuses on developing successful, biblical attitudes and skills among team leaders. Students will analyze basic leadership principles from secular and evangelical sources, analyzing them through a biblical/theological grid. (This advanced course is built on course CE 501 Church Leadership and Administration however, CE 501 is not a prerequisite for this course.)

II. Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course you should:

A. Identify the major passages of Scripture that deal with leadership.

B. Understand the theological implication of those passages and their application in the world of contemporary Christian leadership.

C. Synthesize a philosophy of ministry, a biblical leadership style, and a harmony of gifting for the calling and sustaining of leadership.

D. Apply these leadership teachings to his/her present and future ministry, with special attention to interpersonal relations, servanthood, and team building.

III. Course Texts

A. Required Reading:

Anthony, Michael J. The Effective Church Board. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1993.

Cousins, Don, Leith Anderson and Arthur DeKruyter. Mastering Church Management. Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1990.

Kouzes, James M. and Barry Z. Posner. The Leadership Challenge. 3rd edition, San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2002.

Williams, Dennis E. and Kenneth O. Gangel. Volunteers for Today's Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1993.

Monograph on Biblical Leadership (Download from Resources)

Note: If you have never read Dr. Gangel's Feeding and Leading (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1989), please select it for one of your two collateral choices in the next section.

B. Collateral Reading:

Select two additional books from the select bibliography. Look for those that best complement your present strengths or help shore up known weaknesses.

IV. Course Requirements

A. Overall Requirements:

In order to receive two semester (or three quarter) hours credit for this course, you must complete the course requirements within a one year period unless your particular institution requires the completion of all the work within the framework of its semester or quarter. During this time, you are expected to devote a minimum of 100 hours to the completion of the course including 1) listening to the 24 recorded lectures, 2) doing the assigned readings mentioned above, 3) answering all questions accompanying the Lesson Outlines in the Lesson Viewer, and 4) completing the project and the research paper.

B. Required Lesson Readings:

You must complete all the required reading assignments in the Lesson Viewer before listening to the lecture.

C. Application/Analysis of Collateral Books:

A two-page analysis of the two collateral books (500-600 words each) should specify ways in which they help your life and ministry. Do not confuse this assignment with a critique, review, or evaluation. The key is to find ways in which these books help you grow as a leader.

D. Additional Reading:

You must complete at least 800 pages of reading outside of the assigned readings and collateral reading. You should then report these indicating the title of the book, author, publisher, date of publication and pages read.

E. Study Questions

Each recorded lecture and reading assignment is accompanied by study questions (see the Lesson Viewer under Lessons) to be answered in writing. Brief one-or-two sentence answers are preferred. These should be completed lesson by lesson as you listen to the lecture. Any resources may be used in compiling your answers.

F. Research Paper

Utilizing all the readings and the lectures, analyze your own leadership style. Describe strengths and weaknesses and pay special attention to the appendices in Kouzes and Posner and Anthony. This assignment certainly could be completed in 10 15 pages, but the number of pages is not the issue—the result should correctly analyze your present leadership style, how and why you chose it, where you see its deficiencies and strengths, and what steps you will take to improve as a leader. This paper should not be undertaken until all readings and lectures have been completed.

G. Long Range Planning Project

Using the following description, design a three year plan to improve leadership in a team ministry. Like the research paper, this project should not be undertaken until all readings and lectures have been completed.

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