Capstone Unit (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester: Tuesday 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.

PREREQUISITES At least 120 points of Elective units (i.e. 5 units at 24 points each)

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. outline biblical and theological approaches to leadership
2. evaluate Christian appropriations of contemporary leadership models
3. apply insights from the various disciplines of theology to the practice of pastoral leadership
4. develop approaches to pastoral planning and leadership
5. explain a personal approach to pastoral leadership in a faith community

One essay of 6000 words (100%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
Barton, Ruth Haley. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Expanded Edition. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.

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.