Introduction to Christian Leadership

Unit Overview
Explore the biblical foundations that inform Christian leadership with Prof Sen Sendjaya who pioneered the study of servant leadership in Australia and internationally. He argues that preoccupation with the self is the fundamental reason leaders are blinded by power and control, create their own performance treadmill, live for the approval of others, and have myopic ambition.

This unit investigates the dimensions of servant leadership and examines five areas of personal leadership effectiveness: (desire, identity, dignity, motive, and ambition). Some video content and a three-day on-campus intensive with practical assessments.

The dates for when this unit is offered varies. Please visit the timetable by clicking here for the most up to date information. 

Unit Details

Mode Intensive* (see below)
Workload  One semester, 12 credit points
Status  Core unit for the Graduate Certificate of Christian Leadership
Elective for other courses
Subject code PC154-812
Teacher  Prof Sen Sendjaya

Unit Content

  1. Christian Theology of Leadership: What is ‘biblical’ about biblical leadership? biblical interpretation principles; leadership and creation; biblical images of leadership
  2. Christian Character and Leadership: Qualifying as a leader; identity; humility; sin and leadership; power
  3. Leadership Styles: Development of theory; situational leadership; leadership inventories
  4. Christian Practice of Leadership: Theological engagement with contemporary leadership models and approaches; servant leadership; empowering leadership; growing as a leader
  5. Personal Response and Reflection: analysis of leadership style; exploration of strengths and weaknesses

Study Expectations
Pre-intensive, students are required to engage in 6 hours of video and other learning material as well as read a book and complete a 1,500-word book review.

The intensive is held over three consecutive days and is only available on campus. Each day begins at 9 am and concludes at 5 pm.
Post-intensive, students engage in a further 6 hours of video and other learning material and complete two assignments.


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