Certificate in Christian Leadership (Organizational Focus)

The Christian Leadership Certificate Program is a one-year program designed to provide intensive training for students who are called to ministry in the church or the workplace. This program can be transferred into other degree programs offered at Grace College of Divinity. Students will need to complete a practicum in addition to the required 30 credit hours.

 

Program Objectives

This program will:

  • Identify and develop a Christ-centered personal image with a strong leadership foundation to change the world by advancing the Kingdom of God;
  • Develop leaders to reach their potential in service, including mentoring, leading diverse teams, understanding and communicating the Word of God, etc.; and
  • Provide practical ministry opportunities that transform individuals and/or organizations.

 

In addition, the student will be equipped to: learn and apply sound Biblical leadership training such as values, vision, planning, motivation, and organizational development to embrace, understand, and live as an effective ministry leader.

 

Note: ENG 110 (College Writing) is an eight-week Online course that teaches the basics of college writing including Chicago Style Research Paper format. As of Fall 2016, this course must be taken by all new students (in all certificate and degree programs) during the first semester a student is enrolled at GCD. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for students who successfully complete a free week-long on-campus writing workshop (usually held in Fayetteville the week before classes begin in August and January) — all first-year Fayetteville Experience interns are required to take the on-campus workshop; on rare occasions, exceptions to the ENG 110 course requirement may be made for students who provide a 4-5 page student-written sample of a Chicago Style research paper. This paper must be submitted to the GCD Academic Department or Admissions Department. Students who have this ENG 110 requirement waived will take an elective course instead.

 

One-Year (Organizational Focus) Certificate

 

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
CLG101 Destiny and Calling 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 110 College Writing (must be taken first semester) 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
MIS 302 Communicating the Relevance of God’s Story 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
Total Credit Hours:   30

                                                                                               

Associate of Arts in Christian Leadership (Organizational Track)

The two-year Associate of Christian Leadership is suited for the student who desires additional training and who is called to ministry in the church or in the workplace. This program offers a wide range of courses relevant to leadership in the church and business environments. Courses are aligned in four specific disciplines: Leadership, Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry. Associate of Arts in Christian Leadership students will be required to complete 60 credit hours of required courses and fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

 

Program Objectives

This program will do the following:

  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical ministry experience;
  • Equip the student to integrate Christian principles into critical thinking and decision-making in one’s personal and/or professional life;
  • Give the student a working knowledge of Biblical concepts of leadership to meet the needs of diverse audiences/targeted age groups and organizational settings;
  • Equip the student to integrate a Biblical worldview into the practice of leadership and management;
  • Give the student an understanding of organizational leadership from different perspectives, including anthropological, psychological, and Theological insights, and to apply organizational leadership thinking to promote organizational and personal effectiveness; and
  • Equip the student with an understanding of historical and Biblical models and figures of leadership with their implications for contemporary global leadership.


First-Year Program:

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
CLG101 Destiny and Calling 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 110 College Writing (must be taken first semester) 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
MIS 302 Communicating the Relevance of God’s Story 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
Total Credit Hours:   30
Class Course Name Credit Hours

 

Second-Year Program:

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
ENG 102 Writing and Research 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 240 Research and Analysis for Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours:   30
Combined Credit Hours:              60

                                                                                                               

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership program is a four-year course of study suited to the student who desires extensive training for the purpose of leadership in the church and/or business environment. The program consists of 108 credit hours of required courses and 12 credit hours of elective study relevant to church and organizational leadership. Courses have been aligned in four specific disciplines: Biblical and Organizational Leadership, Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry. In addition to the 120 hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement. Also, transfer students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree from an approved college or university may apply to the Bachelor of Arts Transfer Program, a focused core program consisting of approximately 60 credit hours.

 

Program Objectives

This program will:

  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical ministry experience;
  • Equip the student to integrate Christian principles into critical thinking and decision-making in one’s personal and/or professional life;
  • Give the student a working knowledge of Biblical concepts of leadership to meet the needs of diverse audiences/targeted age groups and organizational settings;
  • Equip the student to integrate a Biblical worldview into the practice of leadership and management;
  • Give the student an understanding of organizational leadership from different perspectives, including anthropological, psychological, and Theological insights, and to apply organizational leadership thinking to promote organizational and personal effectiveness; and
  • Equip the student with an understanding of historical and Biblical models and figures of leadership with their implications for contemporary global leadership.
 

First-year program:
ENG 110 (College Writing) is an eight-week Online course that teaches the basics of college writing including Chicago Style Research Paper format. As of Fall 2016, this course must be taken by all new students (in all certificate and degree programs) during the first semester a student is enrolled at GCD. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for students who successfully complete a free week-long on-campus writing workshop (usually held in Fayetteville the week before classes begin in August and January) — all first-year Fayetteville Experience interns are required to take the on-campus workshop; on rare occasions, exceptions to the ENG 110 course requirement may be made for students who provide a 4-5 page student-written sample of a Chicago Style research paper. This paper must be submitted to the GCD Academic Department or Admissions Department. Students who have this ENG 110 requirement waived will take an elective course instead.

       
Class Course Name Credit Hours  
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3  
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3  
CLG101 Destiny and Calling 3  
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3  
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3  
ENG 110 College Writing (must be taken first semester) 3  
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3  
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3  
MIS 302 Communicating the Relevance of God’s Story 3  
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3  
Total Credit Hours:   30  
       

Second-Year Program:

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
ENG 102 Writing and Research 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 240 Research and Analysis for Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours:   30
     
Third-Year Program:  
Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
HST 201 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 301 or SCI 310 Creation Science or Biology 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II 3
Total Credit Hours:   30

 

 

               

Fourth-Year Program:

Class Course Name Credit Hours
ELE 101 Book of Romans 3
ELE 102 Elective 3
ELE 103 Elective 3
ELE 104 Elective 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
LEA 411 Leadership in 1 Peter 3
LEA 420 Global and Cross-Cultural Leadership 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation 3
LEA 460 Social Entrepreneurship 3
     
Total Credit Hours:   30
Combined Credit Hours:              120