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Spiritual and Self Leadership

Elective unit for postgraduates

Also offered as DA9717S

The spiritual environment of Christian ministry and personal level of resources influence personal wellbeing and professional effectiveness.  In this unit, participants will: engage current research on the causes of ministry burnout; be introduced to the patterns and indicators of ‘at risk’ practice; explore ways of integrating healthy practices for sustainable ministry. A core focus upon healthy personal, spiritual practices will engage different models in ways that respect cultural and theological diversity.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Describe and illustrate contextually the symptoms, patterns and causes of ministry burnout.
  2. Articulate the practices and boundaries required for a healthy personal life amid the demands of ministry.
  3. Articulate the challenges of spiritual and inter-personal dynamics in the ministry environment.
  4. Describe variety of spiritual practices and identify those appropriate both to themselves and to the context of their ministry.
  5. Theologically reflect on case-studies in leadership settings and integrate the learning within their context.

Pre-requisites: At least two years leadership experience.

Faculty: Andrew Menzies


Book Review (1500 words) 25%
Interview and report (1500 words) 25%
Essay (3000 words) 50%

Offered: 2019

Select Bibliography:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Barton, R.H. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2006.

Benner, D.G. Desiring God’s Will: Aligning our Hearts with the Heart of God. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2005.

Blackerby, H. & R. Blackerby. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People onto God’s Agenda. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2011.

Foster, R.J. Celebration of Discipline. New York: Harper San Francisco, 1978.

Greenman, J.P. Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2010.

Roberts, R.C. Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Roberts, R.C. Spirituality and Human Emotion. Michigan: Eerdmans, 1983.

Sailers, D.E. The Soul in Paraphrase: Prayer and Religious Affections. New York: Seabury Press, 1980.

Smith, J.K.A. You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. Grand Rapids: Michigan: Brazos Press, 2016.

Willard, D. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. New York: Harper Collins, 1988.