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Core Course Number Core Course Title Number of Credits
LEAD 620 Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders 3
LEAD 540 Leadership and Empowerment 3
LDEV 544 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics 3
LEAD 576 Applied Research & Evaluation 3
LEAD 536 Practical Financial Management 3
LEAD 541 Human Resource and Performance Management 3
LDEV 660 Marketing, Communications and Fundraising 3
LEAD 610 Strategic Thinking and Change Management 3
Core Course Credits 24
Concentration Tracks
Philanthropy and Fundraising INST500 - Philanthropy and
BUSA603 - Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
Public Policy/Public Administration BUSA655 - Public Policy and
LDEV610 - Advocacy and Human Rights
Thesis Thesis 1 (Prerequisite LEAD576) and
Thesis 2 (Prerequisite Thesis 1)
Applied Research Project Project 1 (Prerequisite LEAD576) and
Project 2 (Prerequisite Project 1)
Africa Program EDEV520 Cross-cultural Skills and Understanding and
LDEV610 - Advocacy and Human Rights
Concentration Track Credits 6
TOTAL 30 credits

LDEV 620: Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders
Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders is designed for those who long for increased depth and authenticity in their relationship with Christ and are willing to take costly steps to open themselves in new ways, allowing God to meet and transform them. The course involves thoughtful engagement with written and audio materials and the intentional practice of spiritual exercises.

LEAD 540: Leadership and Empowerment
This course provides a biblical overview of leadership models illustrated in Scripture with a focus on how those in positions of power can develop and empower other leaders while rooting their own skills in the principle of servanthood. It also provides an evaluative lens through which to view and evaluate other course material in the curriculum.

LEAD 544: Leadership and Organizational Dynamics
This course focuses on understanding organizational dynamics as the context in which  21st century Christian leaders mobilize their people and other resources to achieve desired ministry/business results. Students will examine personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness through the "frames" of biblical principles and values, organizational structure/governance, culture, politics, people and technology. Considering relationships as "patterns of communication," students will increase their awareness of their own and others' communication styles and patterns influencing and being influenced within the organizational context.

LEAD 610: Strategic Thinking and Change Management
Through an examination of the basic concepts of strategic management and the increasing challenge of general managers, students will further their capacity to be strategic thinkers. Alternative approaches to creating strategies are reviewed and critiqued. A capacity for interpreting the internal and external environments is emphasized, with particular emphasis on the turbulent, evolving context of the organization. Basic principles and tools for strategic planning are introduced and an emphasis is placed on new strategies and how managers can be more effective in managing change.

LDEV 610: Advocacy, Public Policy and Human Rights
This course is designed to prepare Christian leaders for social justice advocacy in the context of the global struggle for human rights.  Drawing upon Nussbaum and Sen's "capabilities approach" to human rights, the course presents a Freirean model for social justice advocacy that recognizes the local, national and international context of advocacy work and explores creative partnerships with other organizations and community groups on particular advocacy issues.  The course emphasizes the importance of developing a biblical basis for social justice advocacy and the development of professionals to cultivate strong advocacy skills.

LDEV 660: Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising for the NGO
Through careful study of the strategic marketing planning process, this course prepares students to skillfully use the tools of this process to strengthen their mission-based organizations. Two key areas receive special focus: 1) the careful assessment and alignment of organizational and market dynamics, and 2) the design and implementation of relationship-building activities.  Students will also consider the biblical framework for marketing and fund-raising activities, in particular, reflecting on appropriate parallels in the words and actions of Paul.  Wherever possible, case studies and real-life examples will be used to provide students with opportunities to practice using the tools of marketing and fundraising.

LEAD 536: Practical Financial Management
This financial management course will help the non-financial manager understand and value the crucial contribution of finance and accounting tools in making effective decisions to carry out the mission and goals of their organization. This course assumes that the student works for an agency that employs professionals to handle the accounting, but it also assumes that the students need to understand the professional tasks and challenges facing the accounting staff.

LEAD 541: Human Resource and Management
This course is based on the idea that people are at the center of God's heart and are the most valuable resource in any ministry or enterprise. The purpose of the course is to explore the human factors in your organization and to develop experience and skill in responding to the needs of those people. Through the critical perspectives gained in the Leadership and Empowerment course, students will hone their ability to balance efficient businesses with intentional, people-focused management.

LEAD 576: Applied Research and Evaluation
This course is an introduction to research and evaluation methods utilized in private voluntary organizations such as churches, nonprofit organizations and NGOs, urban ministries, missions, and relief and development organizations.

EDEV 520: Cross Cultural Skills and Understanding (Africa program only)
The objective of this course is for students to learn about the nature of culture and practice cross-cultural communication. Studies will help students to understand social structures, cultural exchange systems, and the ways in which they are manifested in industrial and non-industrial societies.

For more information about the Organizational Leadership Program, please contact:

  • Brian Ranck, Program Coordinator for US based programs, at 610-341-4364, or branck@eastern.edu
  • Lindsey Perry, Program Coordinator for International programs, at 610-341-1131, or lperry@eastern.edu

OR click here to fill out our online inquiry form and a program coordinator will be in touch with you.

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