Leadership and Teamwork

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 262 - 8262


Students are introduced to the central place of leadership and human relationships in ministry and mission.  Biblical and theological models of Christian leadership are explored, and contemporary secular theories of leadership are examined critically.  The need for credibility in the leader is emphasised and leadership style is considered with a view to the students determining and working with understanding in their individual styles.  The unit explores personal and corporate vision, working in groups and teams, managing change, corporate ethos and the running and chairing of meetings.  The principles and skills are applied to the student’s present and future ministry and mission.  Practical exercises, role play and case studies are used to asses and develop leadership skills and teamwork ability.


To help students grasp the critical importance of effective leadership and good teamwork in the context of Christian mission and local church ministry and to develop and apply their own skills in these areas.


Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Describe some relevant theories of leadership

Intellectual skills

·      Integrate insights from biblical and theological studies with the task of pastoral and missional leadership

·      Engage in theological reflection upon the practice of Christian leadership

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Identify and employ a preferred personal leadership style

·      Reflect on their experiences as leaders and act accordingly


Assessment task


Weighting within unit




2000 words




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Group exercises

A reflective assignment



3000 words

2000 words





·         262:

·         8262:

An essay

A written assignment

and a learning journal*


* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.


Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


1.    Leadership and teamwork in context

2.    Learning and leadership

3.    Biblical leadership

4.    Leadership theory

5.    Teamwork exercise

6.    Groups and teams

7.    Credibility, authenticity and change

8.    Leadership style

9.    Conflict resolution and negotiation

10.  The leader – personal issues

11.  Meetings and chairing

Teaching method

262: Interactive lectures

8262: Distance learning

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning


Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015


Indicative reading

Adair, J., Effective Leadership Masterclass, (London: Pan, 1997)

Banks, R., and B. Ledbetter, Reviewing Leadership (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004)

Barker, A., Making Meetings Work (London: Industrial Society, 1993)

Belbin, R., Management Teams - why they succeed or fail (London: Butterworth Heinemann, 1981)

Cormack, D., Team Spirit (London: Marc, 1990)

Hybels, Bill, Courageous Leadership (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002)

Ford, L., Jesus the Transforming Leader (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1991)

Marshall, T., Understanding Leadership: fresh perspectives on the essentials of New Testament leadership (Chichester: Sovereign World, 1991)

Schein, E., Organisational Culture and Leadership, second ed. (New York: Jossey-Bass Wiley, 1997)

Stott, K., and A. Walker, Teams, Teamwork & Team Building (London: Prentice Hall, 1995)

Thomas, Viv, Future Leader (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1999)

Wright, W., Mentoring (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2006)

Wright, W., Relational Leadership. A biblical model for leadership service (Carlisle:

Paternoster, 2000)

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Leadership and Teamwork

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 262 - 8262





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