Alphacrucis College

Details for Leadership Principles

This paper provides the student with an understanding of the principles of leadership as applicable to a church context. 

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: LEA101
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

The paper Leadership Principles is part of the subject area Leadership and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper provides the student with an understanding of the principles of leadership as applicable to a church context.


Students should be able to:

  1. Identify the processes involved in establishing vision and mission statements, and achieving goals
  2. Describe different personal leadership styles and how to both identify and develop these to increase effectiveness. This includes consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings
  3. Discuss the principles of communication in relation to leadership
  4. Demonstrate an ability toset priorities, develop a work plan, manage their own time and time of others
  5. Describe the personal values necessary to lead within a Christian context 

Subject Content

  1. Theories of leadership
  2. Operationalising concepts of mission and vision
  3. The leader’s toolbox: time management, conflict management, priority setting and organisational communication
  4. Concepts of love, humility and forgiveness in relation to Christian leadership
  5. Christian theological appreciations of leadership praxis
  6. Communication skills as applied to leadership
  7. Principles of discipleship
  8. The Jesus model
  9. Personal learning and disclosure in relation to leadership style
  10. Leading in a New Zealand context

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, guided discussion, class seminars and presentations,online forums 

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Major Essay (50%, 2000 words); Reflective Leadership Project (25%, 1000 words); Exam (25%, 1 hour)

Prescribed Text

Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. Lead Like Jesus. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005

Representative References

Banks, R. and Powell, K. Faith in Leadership: How Leaders Live Out Their Faith in Their Work and Why It Matters. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.

Bass, Richard. Leadership in Congregations.  Herndon, Va.: Alban Institute, 2007.

Daft, R.L. The Leadership Experience. 3rd Edition. Mason, OH: South-Western Publishing, 2002.

DePree, Max. Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Jagelman, I. The Empowered Church.  Lane Cove: The Jagelman Institute, 2007.

Lombardo, M.M. and Eichinger, R.W.,For Your Improvement. Minneapolis: Lominger, 1996.

McKenna, R.B. 'Leadership Development and Clergy: Understanding the Events and Lessons that Shape Pastoral Leaders', Journal of Psychology and Theology 35: 3 (September, 2007): 179-190.

Malphurs, A. Values-Driven Leadership: Discovering and Developing Your Core Values for Ministry. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Books, 2004.

Maxwell, J.C. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow, TN, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2007.

Nauta, Rein, ‘People Make the Place: Religious Leadership and the Identity of the Local Congregation’,  Pastoral Psychology  56;1 (September 2007): 45-52.

Patching, K. Leadership, Character & Strategy: Exploring Diversity.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Shamir, B et al. Follower-centered Perspectives on Leadership. Greenwich, Conn.: IAP, 2007.

Smith, B. N., R.V. Montagno, and T.N. Kuzmenko. “Transformational and Servant Leadership: Content and Conceptual Comparisons.” Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 10 (2004): 80-91.




Theological Studies

Journal of Psychology & Theology

Journal of Church & State

          Pastoral Psychology