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MINS406 Leadership in Congregations

Critical reflection on the nature of leadership in Christian congregations, focusing on understandings and models of effective leadership, and the nature of congregations as social and religious organisations.

This paper helps leaders to reflect critically on the nature of congregations and the kind of leadership that facilitates health and mission. The paper engages students in critical reflection on the nature of leadership in the context of congregational life and on different theoretical perspectives on congregations and leadership. This reflection requires a dual focus: firstly, on the nature of congregations as social systems and religious organisations; secondly, on understandings and models of effective leadership. Readings will help students understand how congregations function as communities and the role and different dimensions of leadership within them. Case studies will help students understand the practical application of the topics covered.

Paper title Leadership in Congregations
Paper code MINS406
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,286.42
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Restriction
MINX 406
Limited to
MMin, PGDipMin
Eligibility
Suitable for people involved in Christian ministry or with an interest in professional training and development in a range of areas of Christian ministry.
Contact
Professor Paul Trebilco: paul.trebilco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco
Lecturer: Dr Kevin Ward
Paper Structure
Topics:
  • Module 1: Leadership and the church
  • Module 2: Understanding congregations as systems
  • Module 3: Healthy congregations and leaders
  • Module 4: Mission and maintenance
  • Module 5: Culture and diversity
  • Module 6: Managing conflict
  • Module 7: Leading change
  • Module 8: Leading and developing teams
Assessment:
  • 1,200-word book review 15%
  • 1,500-word case study presentation 20%
  • 2,000-word essay 25%
  • 2,500-word research essay 40%
Teaching Arrangements
This is a distance paper, taught by audioconferences and a teaching day.
Textbooks
Galindo, Israel, The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics (Herndon: Alban Institute, 2004).

A course book has also been developed for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the congregation as a system and the factors that promote health within it
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to congregational leadership and begin to describe their own style of leadership
  • Discuss the tensions that exist within congregational life and the impact of those upon congregational leaders
  • Identify significant causes of conflict within congregational systems and be aware of helpful approaches in dealing with these
  • Explain and utilise effective approaches to managing change in a congregation

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Critical reflection on the nature of leadership in Christian congregations, focusing on understandings and models of effective leadership, and the nature of congregations as social and religious organisations.

This paper helps leaders to reflect critically on the nature of congregations and the kind of leadership that facilitates health and mission. The paper engages students in critical reflection on the nature of leadership in the context of congregational life and on different theoretical perspectives on congregations and leadership. This reflection requires a dual focus: firstly, on the nature of congregations as social systems and religious organisations; secondly, on understandings and models of effective leadership. Readings will help students understand how congregations function as communities and the role and different dimensions of leadership within them. Case studies will help students understand the practical application of the topics covered.

Paper title Leadership in Congregations
Paper code MINS406
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Restriction
MINX 406
Limited to
MMin, PGDipMin
Eligibility
Suitable for people involved in Christian ministry or with an interest in professional training and development in a range of areas of Christian ministry.
Contact
Professor Paul Trebilco: paul.trebilco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco
Paper Structure
Topics:
  • Module 1: Leadership and the church
  • Module 2: Understanding congregations as systems
  • Module 3: Healthy congregations and leaders
  • Module 4: Mission and maintenance
  • Module 5: Culture and diversity
  • Module 6: Managing conflict
  • Module 7: Leading change
  • Module 8: Leading and developing teams
Assessment:
  • 1,200-word book review 15%
  • 1,500-word case study presentation 20%
  • 2,000-word essay 25%
  • 2,500-word research essay 40%
Teaching Arrangements
This is a distance paper, taught by videoconferences and a teaching day.
Textbooks
Galindo, Israel, The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Discerning Church Dynamics (Herndon: Alban Institute, 2004).

A course book has also been developed for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the congregation as a system and the factors that promote health within it
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to congregational leadership and begin to describe their own style of leadership
  • Discuss the tensions that exist within congregational life and the impact of those upon congregational leaders
  • Identify significant causes of conflict within congregational systems and be aware of helpful approaches in dealing with these
  • Explain and utilise effective approaches to managing change in a congregation

^ Top of page

Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard