Defining effective leadership in ministry is ever evolving as contexts and expectations constantly change. This has been true since the inception of the church. However, there are critical issues in every context that effective ministry leadership must understand and address. This course will address a number of foundational and contextual issues that effective ministry leadership must grapple with in the contemporary North American context. Also, the course will consider how leaders in the past also faced the critical issues of their time. By understanding historical models as well as reflecting on our own contextual challenges the course will explore ways in which we can develop an understanding of what it means to lead effectively in the particular ministry context that we find ourselves in.
- Upon completion of this course students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of key church leadership competencies for contemporary ministry.
- Upon completion of this course students will develop a deeper understanding of specific challenges in contemporary ministry and how reflective leadership is crucial to addressing these challenges.
- Upon completion of this course students will have the opportunity to evaluate their own cultural situatedness and describe how this impacts their approach to Christian ministry.
- Upon completion of this course students will have gained insight into how their work in ministry is a response to the questions and needs of their time and context and how living into this reality is part of the ministerial calling.
- Upon completion of this course students will be able to identify specific cultural and contextual issues that affect their practice of ministry and how to develop effective responses to them.