ORG1000EN - Intro to Leadership

Course description

Examines the biblical nature of leadership by exploring scripture and relevant leadership theories. Students gain a theological, theoretical, and historical understanding of leadership. They examine their leadership traits and skills to improve their own leadership performance.

How this course benefits students

Christian believers are called to lead themselves and others. In this class, students examine biblical leadership, evaluate secular leadership theories through scriptural principles, and explore their own leadership traits and skills.

Why this course is important

Global leaders understand the spiritual principles that guide effective leadership practices and are aware of how culture and context impact leadership needs. Effective leadership allows missional Christians to influence others.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Organizational Leadership
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Kelly Schmidt, Instructor in Organizational Leadership

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Bible provides a variety of leadership examples, including Jesus, the ultimate model of a biblical leader.

Missionally driven

Christian believers are called and sent to influence those where they live, work, and play through biblically grounded leadership.

Contextually informed

Effective leaders discern the relevant needs of different relational, organizational, and cultural environments.

Interculturally focused

Leadership practice is shaped and influenced by culture. Students must be aware of these influences and able to operate effectively across cultures to lead in a global context.

Practically minded

Students develop an understanding of spiritual and secular models of leadership, evaluate their own leadership traits and skills, and write a personal leadership development plan.

Experientially transformed

Students compare and contrast leadership models, apply leadership practices to case studies, write a biblical leadership profile, and evaluate their own leadership development.