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18 Biblical Theology of Leadership BT301

Course Description

With a primary focus on the Scriptures, the student will examine God’s calling and purpose of Biblical leadership. The student will explore the focus and method of men and women given in Scripture and seek a model of leadership that is appropriate today within the student’s culture. A comparison and contrast with current leadership theories with these Biblical models will assist the student to bridge into practical leadership issues faced by ministers today.

Course Rational

Biblical leadership is understood to be a response to the divine call to be in the service of God’s love and service. A Theology of leadership which focuses on the pattern of God calling leaders to one mission enterprise: to be in the service and restoration of God’s image in everyone and a restoration of divine creation.

There are many secular leadership and management tools that are helpful to understand the importance of leadership within the church. However, no true understanding of leadership in the church can be complete without being founded on a developed Biblical theology. Leadership is not the same as discipleship even though there will be some overlap. This unit will help to clarify the distinction from a biblical perspective.

Like any other institution leadership is important in the church, but in this context leadership should reflect Biblical values and priorities. Leadership is a form of empowering for service and the servant model should be given careful attention. This unit will identify the spiritual gift of leadership and calling that occurs among believers which must be recognized and developed. All believers need to be discipled and empowered for ministry. Those with leadership gifts should be identified as a result of effective discipleship. Leaders are first discipled and then disciple. Leaders that are not actively discipling others cannot be effective leaders.

Program Outcomes APSOOMD


CN-2 Ability to describe the basic content of the Old Testament, identify the principle people and events and their roles in Old Testament History.

CN-3 Ability to describe the basic content of the New Testament, identify the principle people and events and their roles in New Testament History.

CN-6 Ability to explain how the theological foundations of Christianity proceed from scripture.


CP-4 Ability to teach the word of God.

CP-10 Ability to determine directions and personnel for the building up the church.

CP-12 Ability to be a leader and encourage other leaders.


CH-1 Ability to take responsibility for one’s own spiritual growth with the goal of becoming like Christ.

CH-2 Ability to find, understand and utilize resources for one’s own spiritual growth in prayer, Bible study and personal devotions.

CH-3 Ability to practice personal Christian ethics in Christian stewardship in personal relationships and in finances.

CH-4 Ability to demonstrate oneself consistently in public with Christian ethics, in decision making and conducting oneself as a Christian in public.


CX-7 Ability to distinguish between worldviews – Local and Biblical and Western.


Assessment and Evaluation


Primary Course Outcomes



Explain the theological reasons and biblical examples why mentoring is an essential part of spiritual growth. CN-22 LEA

Demonstrate that the student is mentoring someone now. CP-58 LEA

Develop a mentoring agreement with a local church member. CP-59 LEA

Explain the selection process for mentoring. (prayer, issues such as gender and age). CP-60 LEA

Compare and contrast the benefits of mentoring with not mentoring CP-61 LEA

Explain the goals of a mentoring relationship. CP-62 LEA

Determine the purpose of the mentoring relationship. CP-63 LEA

Determine the length of the mentoring relationship CP-64 LEA

Determine the frequency and length of time for each meeting. CP-65 LEA

Explain the difference between a formal and informal mentoring relationship. CP-66 LEA

Small Group

Demonstrate how to form or discover clear core values and the mission of the group. CP-67 LEA

Demonstrate the ability to create a clear SWOT for the group in their context.   CP-68 LEA

Demonstrate the ability to analyze the gifting and abilities of the group. CP-69 LEA

Demonstrate the ability to form a clear and compelling vision statement in conjunction with key

members of the group. CP-70 LEA

Demonstrate the ability to communicate the vision clearly and consistently.   CP-71 LEA 

Demonstrate how to form a personal vision (case study) then in harmony with a larger group (same case study).   CP-72 LEA

Explain how the breadth of the vision should match with the breadth of the area of responsibilities. CP-73 LEA

Explain how a mission statement is expressed very specifically in a vision for the local context. CP-74 LEA

Explain the environment that the group will be ministering in. CX-9 LEA


Explain how the Biblical description of the body (church) relates to teams. CN-23 LEA

Articulate a Wesleyan perspective of Spiritual gifts – an expression of love rather than power. CN-24 LEA

Explain the importance of a Biblical understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit in creating an effective team. BFS CN-25 LEA

Compare and contrast the effectiveness of a team who has clear task, purpose / vision, or mission statements for the team and a team which does not have these things. CN-26 LEA 

Explain the negative impacts of not forming a team for various ministries or congregational vision. CN-27 LEA

Explain the role of social media and small groups / teams both positive and negative benefits. CN-28 LEA

Explain the benefits of matching a person’s passions, strengths and personality to specific tasks / ministries on a team. Strength-finders is one possible tool. CP-75 LEA

Understand and articulate the importance of demonstrating the worth of each individual within the team. CP-76 LEA

Demonstrate a capacity to identify tasks as opportunities for team development. CP-77 LEA 

Develop and articulate a strategy for team creation, team endurance and team termination. CP-78 LEA 

Demonstrate forming a team.   CP-79 LEA

Demonstrate accountability to the team and to the goal of team. CP-80 LEA

Demonstrate how to develop trust in a team through personal integrity. CP-81 LEA

Be able to clearly demonstrate the role of the team in leadership development. CP-82 LEA


Explain the nature of Christian Ministry. CN-28 MIN

 Explain how to Model Christ in this activity. CH-26

 Demonstrate the Character qualities identified as Modeling Christ. CH-27 


The student should introduce good holiness literature as well as classical Christian literature (audio, video, or other formats) for his/her congregation so that they can continuously to grow in their every day life outside of the church. CN-15 DIS

The student will explain the nature of growth in grace, leading up to and following salvation, leading up to and following Entire Sanctification. CN-16 DIS

To use the reading of God’s Word to improve one’s spiritual growth for personal devotions and to model that for a small group. CN-60 DIS

The student will be able to explain the basic essential concepts of discipleship, and explain what is a disciple, how to be a disciple, why would a person become a disciple, and how to make more disciples. CP-30 DIS

The student will start a discipleship group. CP-31 DIS

The student will demonstrate that those they are discipling are equipped to disciple others. CP-32 DIS

The student should demonstrate how to establish an accountability group among his/her discipleship groups. CP-33 DIS

The students demonstrates how to care for the growth of the disciples in applying the Word of God in everyday life. CP-34 DIS

The student will train their disciples in the application of evangelism. CP-35 DIS

The student will demonstrate how to develop questions and make observations of the group that enables the group to more fully understand each other’s spiritual condition. CP-36 DIS

The student will demonstrate how to lead a person to Entire Sanctification. CP-37 DIS

The student will write then share their conversion narrative. CP-38 DIS

The student will lead by example by demonstrating they are being discipled and discipling others as well. CH-17 DIS

The students will testify each week to love by putting the needs of someone else ahead of their own. CH-18 DIS

The student will model spiritual disciplines to their small group and others including: prayer, devotional reading, fasting, solitude, public worship and others. CH-19 DIS

Additional Course Outcomes


Identify how God has designed them with spiritual gifts and natural abilities for ministry. CN-29 MIN 

Explain how the Biblical theology of the Body of Christ applies to ministry activities. CN-30 MIN

Explain how the Biblical theology of stewardship applies to ministry. CN-31 MIN

Tell the story of three ways that ministry has changed during the history of the Church. CN-32 MIN

List at least 10 ways a member of their congregation can minister in their daily life context. CP-83 MIN

Equip at least one person to implement the gifting God has given them in both the local congregation and their daily life context. CP-84 MIN

Demonstrate how to help a person understand how to live in God’s will for their lives. CP-85 MIN

Demonstrate diligence by helping others identify their spiritual gifts and natural talents. CH-32 MIN

Model stewardship of spiritual gifts in ministry with others. CH-33 MIN

Compare and contrast different ministry practices used by local congregations in different cultural contexts. CX-10 MIN


Outcomes by total and percentage

Content –                 20        26%
Competency –           41        52%
Character –              14        18%
Context –                 3          4%

Text: Derek Tidball “Ministry by the Book: New Testament patterns for pastoral leadership” Nottingham, England: Apollos, 2008.


Other resources:

Henry & Richard Blackaby, “Spiritual Leadership: moving people onto God’s agenda” Nashville, TN: Holmann, 2011.

Peter G. Northouse, “Leadership Theory and Practice” Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 1997.

Marty Stevens, “Leadership Roles of the Old Testament: King, Prophet, Priest, Sage”. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012.


(If it is too complicated to get the main text translated, perhaps a summary by a teacher can be translated that picks up the key points of Tidball while giving appropriate recognition of the sources used. This would decrease the amount of translation work required).




1. Reflection on Worship

Reflect on a worship service that you are actively involved in and analyse the reason that things are done…what are the theological reasons being expressed? Identify three thins for which you can recognize a sound biblical and theological basis. Recommend three changes that could considered with theological rationales for the change.

2. Theology of Shepherding
What is the role of the pastor from a Biblical and theological perspective?
3. Semester Project
Identify one individual within a congregation that you are involved in and create a discipleship programme that will develop their understanding of body ministry leading to empowering them for an active ministry role. (The focus here is simply the process not the actual ministry. E.g. a hospital visit may be the context but the project would be identifying the person, designing a discipleship programme that identifies and develops gifts, activating the ministry, and reporting on its effectiveness.) Final grade will be given based on the written report and an interview with the individual mentored by the lecturer.
4. Self-Care Plan
Create a 10 week self-development plan designed to address areas of self-care and spiritual development.



Session Topic and Emphasis Outcomes
1 Leadership in the OT (Moses)

–        Servant of Yahweh


CN-21 LEA, CN-22 LEA, CN-27 LEA
2 Leadership in the OT (Kings of Israel)

–        Obedience and spiritual life


3 Leadership in the OT (Nehemiah)   – vision casting and practical expression


CP-74 LEA, CP-77 LEA, CN-26 LEA, CN-60 DIS
4 Perspectives on leadership (leadership theories) – looking through a variety of lens (Exploring the options )


CN-29 MIN, CN-32 MIN
5 Perspectives on leadership (leadership theories) – continued


CN-27 LEA, CP-78 LEA, CN-29 MIN, CH-33 MIN
6 Models in Matthew – modelling wisdom and holding steady


CH-26, CH-27, CP-67 LEA
7 Models in Mark – people with a message


CH-26,CH-27, CP-30 DIS, CP-35 DIS
8 Models in Luke – being sent, God’s calling


CP-38 DIS, CP-76 LEA, CP-79, CH-17 DIS, CP-31 DIS, CP-32 DIS, CP-83 MIN, CP-84 MIN
9 Leadership in the early church (Acts) – community formation


CP-66 LEA, CN-21 LEA, CP-69 LEA, CP-70 LEA, CP-71 LEA, CN-15 DIS
10 Leadership and Church Planting (Paul)


11 Leadership and the Infant Church (Paul) CN-23 LEA, CN-24 LEA, CP-37 DIS, CN-16 DIS


12 Leadership and the maturing Church (Paul) Spiritual giftedness


CP-72 LEA, CN-25 LEA CN-16 DIS, CP-36 DIS, CH-18 DIS, CP-85 MIN, CN-30 MIN
13 Leadership and the Aging Church (Paul)


CP-73 LEA, CP-68 LEA
14 Insights from Hebrews and James – modelling and mentoring


CP-58 LEA to CP-66 LEA, CN-20 LEA, CH-19 DIS, CN-60 DIS, CN-31 MIN
15 Insights Peter & John

–        Empowering others to service

–        Ministry of encouragement

CH-26, CH-27, CP-82 LEA, CH-33 MIN, CN-32 MIN
16 Strengths in Leadership CP-68 LEA, Demonstrate the ability to create a clear SWOT for the group in their context.

CP-69 LEA Demonstrate the ability to analyse the gifting and abilities of the group

CP-75 LEA Explain the benefits of matching a person’s passions, strengths and personality to specific tasks / ministries on a team. Strength-finders is one possible tool.

CN-29 MIN, CH-32 MIN


17 Leadership Character CH-27 Demonstrate the Character qualities identified as Modelling Christ.


18 Dysfunction in Leadership CP-80 LEA, CP-81 LEA, CP-33 DIS, CP-34 DIS


19 Leadership Accountability CN-20 LEA, Explain the role of evaluating / accountability in the mentoring relationship


20 Leadership and Management CP-74 LEA, Explain how a mission statement is expressed very specifically in a vision for the local context

CP-72 LEA, Demonstrate how to form a personal vision (case study) then in harmony with a larger group,

CN-27 LEA, CH-26, CX-10 MIN




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