Capstone Unit

2nd semester Thursday evening


This unit focuses on the fact that graduates will, in many ways, assume positions of leadership within the Christian community. The roles will differ but this unit will help students develop principles and practices of leadership that are coherent with their personal faith commitment and their theological studies. Drawing on the sources of faith (Scripture, Tradition, experience) and the literature on leadership, students will develop methods for theological reflection, an understanding of the relationship between faith and community, an examination of qualities of leadership, pastoral planning skills, and creative approaches to the challenges that confront all who are called to leadership.


At least 75 points of elective units (i.e., 5 units)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of biblical and theological approaches to leadership
  2. evaluate Christian appropriations of contemporary leadership models
  3. demonstrate creativity and initiative in the integration of the various disciplines of theology and their application to pastoral situations
  4. develop approaches to theological reflection and pastoral planning
  5. articulate a comprehensive approach to leadership in a faith community.


6000 word assignment (100%)


Benefiel, Margaret. Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations. New York: Seabury Books, 2005.

Davies, Mervyn, and Graham Dodds. Leadership in the Church for a People of Hope. London: T & T Clark, 2011.

Day, David, and John Antonakis, eds. The Nature of Leadership. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2012.

Doohan, Leonard. Courageous Hope: The Call of Leadership. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2011.

Gaillardetz, Richard R. Ecclesiology for a Global Church: a People Called and Sent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008.

Groome, Thomas H. Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. Allen, TX: Thomas Moore, 1998.

Gula, Richard M. The Way of Goodness and Holiness: A Spirituality for Pastoral Ministers. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011.

Kinast, Robert L. What are they saying about Theological Reflection? New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2000.

Massaro, Thomas. Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008.

Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory and Practice. 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc., 2010.

Nouwen, Henri. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1989.

Sofield, Loughlan, and Carol Juliano. Collaboration: Uniting our Gifts in Ministry. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2000.

Sullivan, John, ed. Communicating Faith. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2011.