MIN521 Applied Principles of Church Leadership (16)


This subject introduces students to advanced leadership practice, which is founded in Biblical and theological principles, together with a critical review of church practice. Particular models of church leadership are addressed together with their critical application within a given ministry context. Students will be challenged to develop and implement more effective models of leadership for ministry in the Australian context. 

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Session 1
On CampusCanberra Campus
On CampusUnited Theological College
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN521
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Ministry
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL421 THL422 THL421 500 level 16 point version of this subject
THL422 500 level 16 point version of this subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the application of biblical/theological principles of leadership in transformative practice
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of leadership and authority in the Christian tradition, with particular reference to the Australian church context
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of particular model/s or practices of leadership and their application in a given context
  • be able to analyse critically the place of leadership within a given ministry context
  • be able to demonstrate advanced skills in the development and implementation of new models of leadership
  • be able to demonstrate an evidence based approach to the transformation of practice within a given ministry context
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of key management issues within an Australian church context


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Biblical and theological principles of leadership within ministry
  • Leadership and authority in the Christian tradition
  • Models of transformative practice in ministry leadership
  • Key contemporary contexts, e.g., ageing, gender, cross cultural communities, reconciliation, etc.
  • The interrelationship between leadership and management
  • Key management issues in the Australian church context
  • The place of communal worship and sacramental life in leadership and transformation
  • Transformative pastoral practice


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.