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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

Strategic Leadership
Leadership Skills
International Development Skills

Total Credits: 30

Course Number 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
INST 630e OR LDEV 610 Collaborative Leadership and Nonprofit Partnerships OR Advocacy, Human Rights and Public Policy 3
EDEV 520 OR LEAD 630A Cross Cultural Skills and Understanding OR Best Practices in Leadership 3
LEAD 610 Strategic Thinking and Change Management 3
Total 30 credits
Additional Requirements
Capstone Project
Leadership Portfolio
2 Public Presentations

 

Strategic Leadership

LDEV 620: Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders I & II
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. A weekly journal will be kept, and periodic reflective writing will focus on and express new learning and commitments.

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.

INST 630e: Collaborative Leadership and Nonprofit Partnerships
This course will cover the development of a philosophy of partnership and collaboration for the organization tying to the concepts of servant leadership and organizational stewardship. Practical implications will be the conceptual and practical questions in the design, implementation and on-going management of partnerships both with internal stakeholders and external organizations. Collaborative competencies and models of partnership between non-profits and government, non-profits and the church, non-profits and non-profits will be examined.

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 630a: Best Practices in Christian Leadership (U.S. program only)
Best Practices in Christian Leadership is the final course in the Masters of Organizational Leadership program.  This course is designed to help students synthesize and apply what they have learned about organizational and leadership theory through this program.  Students will integrate coursework, knowledge, skills and experiential learning to demonstrate a broad mastery of learning across the curriculum. This course, further, focuses on developing students’ skills as leaders, especially in light of Christian scripture.  Students will examine leadership as individuals, in teams and in organizations to determine how to apply Biblical principles of leadership in each.

Leadership Skills

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.

LED 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.

International Development Skills

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
  • Sharlene Joseph-Brown, Program Coordinator for International programs, at 610-341-1482, or sjosephb@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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