Study Areas


Leadership and Management

  • LE 601 Organizational Development and Renewal

    The course will focus on organizational development and renewal toward continuous scaling up. Significant attention will be given to scaling up institutional intelligence; human resources; strategy; execution; results; and resources. The course will also ensure enhancing leadership mastery, agility and conversational intelligence toward the co-creation of trackable disciplined results.

  • LE 603 Leadership and Management Foundations

    This course is an integrative study of the primary features and functions of best practices of leadership and management within organizations, communities and cultural settings. Students will design a philosophy and set of operational principles for best practices that would help move any ministry and/or organization from merely being "good" toward being "great." (It is strongly recommended that this course be taken early in the program and not beyond the midpoint of the program.)

  • LE 605 Personal and Service Development

    The primary goals of this course are to help students discover, rediscover and/or reinvent themselves in a way that enables them to live and serve in their "sweet spot" and to enhance their development in stewarding their lives accordingly. This course is a guided review and reflection on personal career and/or service match with implications for personal and organizational development. The course also identifies continuous renewal strategies for persons in organizational and/or ministry settings. The course will attempt to provide maximum help toward enhanced emotional intelligence.

  • LE 641 Creative Problem Solving and Polarity Management

    This course is designed to help students understand the perspectives, procedures, and processes needed for problem solving, polarity management and vision-setting. Emphasis is given to strategic and creative processes applied to a problem or polarity issue, but these processes are also readily adaptable to numerous leadership/management settings. Problem solving will be presented as one of three strategic planning approaches using a problem reengineering design.

  • LE 661 Issues in Ministry Leadership

    This course focuses on a particular emphasis of Christian ministry. This leadership focus will vary from year to year. Cross-listed: CM 661 Issues in Ministry Leadership

  • LE 701 Strategic Thinking, Learning, and Planning

    This course is an examination of the perspectives and processes necessary to establish and sustain momentum in an organization, utilizing best practices in doing strategic personal and organizational thinking, learning, planning and leading. The course will include strategic assessment, shaping, alignment and delivery of a missional vision and strategy that is designed with a keen sense of need and with careful consideration of both the internal and external environments.

  • LE 703 Coaching, Mentoring and Group Facilitation

    This course offers a careful study and demonstration of individual and group coaching, mentoring and facilitation processes that are useful for influencing individuals and groups toward strategic and improved direction, growth and development. Instruction, conversations, demonstrations, and role plays will be used to ensure that each student perceives the benefits, strategies, processes, and skills of coaching within and beyond leadership and organizational relationships and settings. The course will establish the sense that leadership at its best is a form of individual coaching and group facilitation. Some students may wish to develop their coaching competencies as a specialization with added courses and/or training.

  • LE 742 Change, Power and Conflict Management

    This course provides a careful and thoughtful examination of individual and organizational change, power and conflict dynamics and how to work toward positive outcomes, momentum, and commitment. The course emphasizes discovering, experiencing and applying processes that bring about the resolution, revitalization, renewal, and/or reconciliation needed to move toward a preferred future.

  • LE 744 Leadership and Team Development

    This course maps out biblical and practical approaches to developing leaders and teams in a wide range of organizations and service contexts. This course will examine, provide demonstrations and experiences in regard to the emotional intelligences, style differences, strategies, structures, functions, stages, processes, skills and tools helpful in forming and growing teams within organizational and/or ministry settings. The scope of teamwork will include both professional and lay settings and roles.

  • LE 819 Leadership Speciality

    This course focuses on a particular emphasis of leadership. The focus of this course varies from year to year.

  • LE 842 Leadership Communication for a Change

    One of the surprising discoveries of leaders is that they are unaware that they do lead every time they communicate and that they could increase their leadership outcome exponentially if they were more intentional about maximizing their communication competencies and opportunities. The course is designed to resource leaders with the understandings, experiences, competence, and confidence toward communicating for a change with every opportunity to do so.

  • LE 845 Governance and Board Development

    The course will explore the theological, historical, philosophical, psychological and structural factors that contribute to the reconceived assumptions regarding governance and board governance. In this study of the different models of governance and types of boards, emphasis is placed on best practice design or redesign, development, and function of governance and board governance within a wide range of organizational and ministry settings. The course will include a study of board and elder work in church environments.

  • LE 848 Leadership Resilience

    This course will examine factors that contribute to resilience in life and leadership along with those factors that break down the high energy and resilience which is so vital to thriving in personal and organizational settings. The primary goal of the course is to address the shaping and/or reshaping of our journey in ways that promote personal and organizational resilience in all dimensions of life- holistic, physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual. The course will examine the realities, perspectives, environments and conditions that contribute to both burnout and resilience. Attempts will be made for each person to define their current condition and the implications.

  • LE 849 Leadership and Management Current Issues

    This study focuses on a particular emphasis of leadership and management that is a burning issue at a given point in time. The primary subject matter and delivery of this course will change each year and hence at least two or more such courses could be applied to the leadership/management core of the MALM program.

    Note: This course may be taken more than once as the focus of this course varies from year to year.

  • LE 850 Leadership and Management Specialization

    This course forms part of a 9-credit opportunity for students in the MALM program to focus on their own aspirations and goals for moving forward to the next level of leadership. Accordingly, after identifying his or her area of leadership specialization, in consultation with the program coordinator, each student will establish a contractual agreement that leads to the development of a specialized graduate-level course(s) related directly to the student's chosen area of leadership development. The development of the course(s), together with a contracted plan of study, should happen no later than the midpoint in the program.

  • LE 899 External Certification Independent Study

    This course is an independent study built on the successful completion of certification or training offered by an external body. In consultation with their program coordinator, students create a contractual syllabus that adds reading and reflection work to complete the academic requirements of an 800-level graduate class.