In the intermediate Study Bundle you’ll build a deeper understanding of ministry leadership. You’ll focus on the importance of personal and spiritual formation for sustaining leaders and on essential elements of leadership communication in organizational and congregational contexts You’ll learn how to move to an equipping model that empowers the church in ministry. These courses will help you grow as a leader in a church or organization and foster a vision that prepares the people of God for ministry.
In LD101, Dr. Irving introduces the critical subject of ministry leadership. Effective leadership is an essential component of any healthy organization, but what makes ministry leadership unique? In addition to providing surveys of contemporary leadership theories and obstacles to effective leadership, Dr. Irving explains the uniquely Christian approach to leadership, offering biblical examples from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. This course also demonstrates how the radical nature of servant leadership can transform your ministry.
A lack of spiritual formation among ministry leaders has resulted in frequent ethical failures, lost positions, and devastated ministries. In LD102 Dr. Irving illustrates the need for attending to the inner life for anyone involved in ministry leadership. This course helps defend against spiritual burnout and ethical failures by walking you through a process of spiritual formation that is rooted in both community and the Holy Spirit. Dr. Irving offers a thorough explanation of contemporary leadership emergence theory, undergirding this work with a survey of spiritual gifts and providing a holistic approach to personal formation. This course concludes with a fourfold approach to discipleship that you will appreciate as much for yourself as for discipling others.
Today’s churches, parachurch organizations, and businesses require leadership that is transformational. In this course, Dr. Mark McCloskey, professor of transformational leadership at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, explains his 4R model of transformational leadership. The model provides a biblical framework for leadership based on the cardinal virtues. Dr. McCloskey explores practical ways to use the 4R model in the process of learning, teaching, and practicing leadership. He shows how leaders can apply these lessons to a variety of leadership contexts. Even those who do not have formal leadership roles will find this course informative and practical as they influence churches and organizations where they are members.
This course is not yet complete, but will be downloaded once it is produced.
In LD201, Dr. Irving uses a threefold foundation for leading teams and groups in ministry: team-based leadership is grounded in biblical and theological principles, it is culturally relevant, and it is practically relevant. This biblical approach to team-based leadership offers a survey of contemporary literature findings for conducting effective team leadership, helping you identify not only the challenges that often arise in team settings, but also how to determine solutions for moving toward a shared goal.
Conflict and change are inevitable in community. In LD202, Dr. Irving takes a macro-level approach to leadership, considering questions of organizational purpose, mission, and identity. A variety of communication and leadership strategies are introduced, combined with biblically based principles, to help you face the challenges that are most likely to arise in your ministry or non-profit organization. This course identifies the right questions to ask in order to identify an organization’s mission, the appropriate strategies to get there, and how the Leadership Communication Pyramid can help create and support organizations that bring about lasting change. Using Scripture as a foundation for this communication and leadership work, LD202 is an invaluable aid for anyone who wants to help organizations function successfully.
In Empowering God’s People for Ministry, Dr. Greg Ogden considers the concept of the “horizontal priesthood” of believers and their role as ministers to one another in the body of Christ. The course begins by considering what it means for the church to be a living organism and how historic approaches to church leadership have failed to empower believers to minister. Ogden evaluates various models of ministry and proposes a way forward that involves God’s call to all believers, the essential ingredients for life transformation, and the role of all believers to be ministers.
Dr. Greg Ogden (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a writer, speaker, and discipleship teacher. He served as the academic director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. For 23 years, he served as a pastor with the Presbyterian Church (USA). During that time he developed a discipleship program used by over 15,000 people. He is the author of the popular Essentials Series, including Discipleship Essentials, Leadership Essentials (with Dan Meyer) and The Essential Commandment, as well as Unfinished Business, and Transforming Discipleship.
Travis J Ramsey