MIN405 Applied Principles of Church Leadership (8)

This subject introduces students to responsible leadership practice, which is grounded in biblical and theological principles, together with a critical review of church leadership practices. Particular models of church leadership are addressed together with their critical application within varied ministry contexts. Students are challenged to develop and implement more effective and context sensitive models of leadership for ministry.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN405. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to student enrolled in Master of Ministry Articulated Set.

Not available to students who have completed MIN521.

Subject Relationships

MIN521 This subject is a ministry oriented 8 point iteration of MIN521 Applied Principles of Church Leadership

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The application of biblical and theological principles of leadership within ministry
  • Reflection on leadership and authority practices in the Christian tradition
  • Models of transformative practice in ministry leadership
  • Key contemporary challenges for leadership in ministry, e.g. ageing, gender, cross cultural communities, indigenous recognition, clerical malfeasance, etc.
  • The interrelationship between leadership and management in ministry
  • The place of communal worship and sacramental life in leadership and transformation
  • Church leadership and transformative pastoral practice
  • Principles of Safe Ministries practice
  • Ethical and legal responsibilities and obligations in church leadership

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MIN405 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Theological reflection
An essay on power authority and leadership
Reflection on learning for leadership

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.