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Bachelor of Science

Christian Leadership

San Jose | Rocklin

Program Overview

Jessup offers a BS in Christian Leadership at our Rocklin campus in the Sacramento area and at our San Jose campus in the Bay area. The Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership is designed to equip individuals for service in a church or a parachurch organization.

Courses will focus on building professional and relational skills in communication, program management, and the care and feeding of volunteers. In addition, students will develop biblical frameworks for leadership, program development, and philosophy of ministry.

Program Details

  • One Night/Week
  • One Course at a Time
  •  Small Classes

Foundations of Leadership

Students will examine their own personal leadership capabilities and effectiveness through self-assessment. A variety of leadership instruments will be used as the students reflect on their own leadership traits and those of others. A 360 degree assessment will also be utilized to provide insight into how student’s leadership is viewed by others in their organizations and provide a basis for leadership development. Biblical leadership principles will be infused into the discussion as students examine various leadership and motivation styles; students will not only learn their particular leadership style, but how to relate to the leadership styles of others.

3 units

Models of Leadership

This course explores the core leadership tenets of servant leadership and spiritual leadership, particularly as they pertain to organizational environments. It examines key biblical principles and ways in which to apply them consistently and accurately for leadership in the contemporary world.

3 units

Management Principles

A study of the five parts of managing organizations – planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling/evaluating – with the study of principles for application to both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations as informed by Christian perspectives and scripture.

3 units

Organizational Communication

Introduces the basic concepts of organizational communication used in business, professional, and personal environments. Both written and oral communication skills are addressed from a biblical/Christian perspective, and students are equipped with the basic tools available for both formal and informal methods of communication in group and individual settings.

3 units

Faith & Life Issues

Challenges students to consider how general revelation (creation) and special revelation (the Scriptures) of God affects every aspect of life. Each student will be encouraged to develop a truly Christian world view and understand and critique competing world views.

3 units

Leading Organizational Teams

This course will address how organizational goals, priorities and strategies interface with the behavior of individuals and teams both inside the organization and through external constituencies. Attention is given to the effect of organizational culture, government laws and regulations, the economy upon organizational behavior and the important dynamics associated with teams.

3 units

Leadership and Negotiations

This course focuses on the practice of leadership through effective negotiation and will review the theory, practice, and processes of negotiation in a variety of settings. Students will study the fundamentals of negotiation practice and group psychology and apply leadership and negotiation frameworks to simulations and workplace opportunities

3 units

The Art of Biblical Interpretation

Provides an understanding of how the Bible came to be and introduces the basic principles and skills required to interpret it accurately. The emphasis will be on understanding and application of scripture in today’s world. The skills developed will then be related to reading critically other subject materials.

3 units

Managing Organizational Change

Students will examine the role of planning in maximizing resources and addressing organizational change. Project planning and management concepts will be discussed and applied to real-world planning initiatives. Specific techniques for analyzing complex problems and for planning and evaluating interventions will be applied. Students will examine a problem or issue in their current or proposed future vocational setting and prepare plans for the implementation of a well-designed program or policy

3 units

Organizational Ethics

This course provides a biblical foundation for Christian ethics in the marketplace. It utilizes the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as a primary text for the formulation of Kingdom ethics, and a basis for personal decision-making. It also makes specific applications to organizations through the analysis of real-world dilemmas and challenges.

3 units

Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Students will increase their literacy for decision making. Making decisions is arguably one of the most important tasks of leadership. Students will recognize both the art and science of making decisions in an uncertain organizational climate. Students will build literacy surrounding the issue definition, gather relevant information, and retrieve the best available evidence to apply to key organizational decisions. Students will understand how their faith integrates with decision making and the impact of decisions within the organizational setting. Emphasis on this class will also include the importance of decision making and execution; moving from strategic planning to tactical activity will be a focus of the study and conversation

3 units

Effective Strategies for Leading Volunteers

Unlike most secular organizations, ministries and non-profits tend to rely heavily on volunteers to staff their programs and projects. Working effectively with volunteers requires different leadership strategies than working with paid staff. This course will focus on the unique dynamics of how to gain, train, and sustain volunteers

3 units

Project Management

A practical overview of the discipline of project management and its broad utilization within profit and notfor-profit organizations including personal application in planning and project execution. Emphasis of the class includes a focus on tools, terminology and software applications used in project management and introduction to the certification requirements and process for various project management professional designations.

3 units

Introduction to Pastoral Care & Counseling

Care giving in a faith community or by its representatives is a practical theological activity. This course explores the foundational principles of pastoral care and counseling as part of community-based service by (1) distinguishing the unique ministries of pastoral/spiritual care, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and community counseling, and (2) articulating one’s own pastoral focus in light of the following themes: holistic attention to self-care; developing skills of compassionate listening, attending and care in the context of social and personal dynamics; and commitment to advocacy.

3 units

Leadership in Global Society

This course will explore the nature of leadership in various cultures and the skills needed in a global economy and society. Students will examine the leadership implications for cross-cultural and multi-national organizations. Students will engage in discussions of the “Great Commission” and reflect on historical aspects of global leadership. The future of global leadership will be examined and the potential leadership challenges considered. To the extent possible, students will be challenged to cultivate their own global leadership “map” as they interact with the emerging global scene.

3 units

Innovation & Leadership

This course explores creativity and entrepreneurship in leadership. It also analyzes how to effectively initiate and lead change, catch and cast vision, and integrate feedback from others into the leadership journey. It also considers the important connections between personal creativity and spiritual sensitivity in the leadership experience.

3 units

Spiritual Formation

Course description coming soon.

1 unit


Course description coming soon.

1 unit
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and interpretative skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership theory and praxis.
  • Demonstrate a biblical construct of “servant‐leadership.”
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication.
  • Church and Parachurch Organizations
  • Non-Profits
  • Humanitarian
  • Mission
  • Trafficking

How many units is the program?

128 units total: 78 GE units and 50 major units

What is the cost per unit?


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Bachelor of Science

BS in Christian Leadership

Rocklin Campus Contact

2121 University Avenue
Rocklin CA 95765

Phone: (916)577-2333


San Jose Campus Contact

1190 Saratoga Ave., Suite 210
San Jose, CA 95129

Phone: (669) 238-3447
Fax: (669) 400-7118


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