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Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Leadership major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Core Courses (24 units)

This course addresses the fundamental question: What is leadership? It then provides a strong biblical foundation and perspective for leadership, examines some of the spiritual dimensions of leadership, and explores and applies three particular models of leadership (authentic, transformational, and servant).

This course delves into the interior life of the leader. It examines the emotional, social, and spiritual life of the leader, giving attention to pathways towards an integrated inner-life. It also analyzes the role of emotional quotient (EQ) in leadership and ways to develop strength in this area.

This course examines mechanisms for effective team-building, conflict management, and mentoring and developing others. It also explores the dynamics of healthy staff relationships, effective delegation, setting appropriate boundaries, and successful motivation of others.

This course specifically addresses the complex issues of organizational development and organizational behavior. It guides students to understand the dynamics behind organizational life and health and examines the critical facets of strategic planning and tactical planning within an organization.

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.

This is a semester-long experience (fall or spring). Students participate in an approved leadership environment over a 12-week period (on-campus or off-campus). They receive on-site mentoring every 14 days. On alternate weeks, they do peer and faculty mentoring in on-campus groups. The mentorship allows students to practice the leadership skills and principles learned in the curriculum and specifically connects to the program outcomes.

In the capstone, students produce documentation that demonstrates their achievement of each of the program learning outcomes. This includes artifacts, as well as a 20-25 page paper that systematically addresses the program learning outcomes. A specific focus is placed on the issues of self-awareness and self-leadership.

Ministry Concentration (18 units)

An introduction to the field of study in ministry to adolescents. Students develop a biblical philosophy of ministry. Emphasis is given to the private and the professional aspects of this specific profession. Private issues include spiritual disciplines, health, family relationships, and personality type. Professional issues center on ethics, integrity, job skills, and leadership styles. An examination of contemporary career opportunities for church and parachurch ministries is included along with the tools to begin developing a philosophy of youth ministry.

This course provides students with an overview of the unique management implications of the non-profit sector. It examines the roles of the executive director, the board, staff, fund-raisers and volunteers. Students will cover the major business functions and how they apply to the unique nature of nonprofits and discuss current trends in the management of these organizations.

This course explores and examines (in light of Scripture) various contemporary models of the Church, highlighting key forces that shape contemporary church and ministry. Emphasis is placed on church nature, growth, and reproduction, drawing applications, and tools for present-day leaders in formal and para-church settings.

Deals with counseling issues most common to the local master: premarital and family counseling, death, loss, and other crises. The emphasis is on informal, short-term methods. Preparation for a role in counseling, weddings, funerals, baptisms, and other pastoral situations of Christian ministry.

ICS103 | Leading with a Mission
This course addresses the foundation for the mission Dei (mission of God) from biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives. Course content emphasizes the centrality of God’s desire to reconcile people to Himself and others, providing an overview of contemporary missional approaches.

ICS315 | Orphans & Vulnerable Children
Explore the spectrum of care for vulnerable (at-risk) and orphaned children, from prevention to development to intervention, and how everyone can and should be involved in it in some real way. Specifically, the course will look at 1) how vulnerable children become orphaned today and how many of those situations can be (and are being) prevented; 2) how children can be cared for and developed with excellence if they are orphaned (e.g. reunification with family, kinship care, adoption, foster care, orphan care communities); and 3) what too often happens when vulnerable and orphaned children are not loved and care for well (e.g. trafficking, crime, drugs) and what can be done to intervene and bring hope to those situations (Formerly named “Abandoned, Orphaned, and Trafficked”).

BIBL350 | New Testament Exposition
This is a course of study about the exegesis and exposition of the epistles of the New Testament. A method of both researching epistolary texts and communicating them expositionally in contemporary venues will be explored and implemented. Attention will also be paid to the place of prayer and the practice of the principles of spiritual authority in the character development of the expositor.

LDRS303 | Leadership & Justice
This course begins by building a foundation for biblical justice in the Kingdom of God. The course then reviews barriers to justice in society and approaches to address them. The focus then turns to address the role that leaders play in global justice and ethics in diverse settings.

Global Leadership Concentration (18 units)

This course addresses the foundation for the mission Dei (mission of God) from biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives. Course content emphasizes the centrality of God’s desire to reconcile people to Himself and others, providing an overview of contemporary missional approaches.

An introduction to how culture affects the process of intercultural communication with practical experience as a high contrast cultural partnership. Understanding is the priority as students look at the vast varieties of worldviews, customs, attitudes, values, belief systems, and behaviors which culture includes. Enhanced communication of the Christian gospel is cross-culturally is one expected outcome.

This course is an objective study of world religions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and traditional religions. Discussions include the exclusivity of Christianity in a pluralistic society and strategic opportunities for apologetic and evangelistic engagement with adherents of other religions. Efforts are made to discover bridges of approach for sharing the uniqueness of Christ.

This course begins by building a foundation for biblical justice in the Kingdom of God. The course then reviews barriers to justice in society and approaches to address them. The focus then turns to address the role that leaders play in global justice and ethics in diverse settings.

ICS315 | Orphans & Vulnerable Children
Explore the spectrum of care for vulnerable (at-risk) and orphaned children, from prevention to development to intervention, and how everyone can and should be involved in it in some real way. Specifically, the course will look at 1) how vulnerable children become orphaned today and how many of those situations can be (and are being) prevented; 2) how children can be cared for and developed with excellence if they are orphaned (e.g. reunification with family, kinship care, adoption, foster care, orphan care communities); and 3) what too often happens when vulnerable and orphaned children are not loved and care for well (e.g. trafficking, crime, drugs) and what can be done to intervene and bring hope to those situations (Formerly named “Abandoned, Orphaned, and Trafficked”).

LDRS360 | Nonprofit Leadership
This course provides students with an overview of the unique management implications of the non-profit sector. It examines the roles of the executive director, the board, staff, fund-raisers and volunteers. Students will cover the major business functions and how they apply to the unique nature of nonprofits and discuss current trends in the management of these organizations.

PMIN411 | New Models of Church
This course explores and examines (in light of Scripture) various contemporary models of the Church, highlighting key forces that shape contemporary church and ministry. Emphasis is placed on church nature, growth, and reproduction, drawing applications, and tools for present-day leaders in formal and para-church settings.

Poverty & Development
This course provides a holistic understanding of global poverty. Potential causes of poverty are examined and various models of development are evaluated, addressing strengths and weaknesses associated with current approaches to poverty alleviation. The course includes field-based experiences either locally or globally.

Youth Ministry Concentration (18 units)

An introduction to the field of study in ministry to adolescents. Students develop a biblical philosophy of ministry. Emphasis is given to the private and the professional aspects of this specific profession. Private issues include spiritual disciplines, health, family relationships, and personality type. Professional issues center on ethics, integrity, job skills, and leadership styles. An examination of contemporary career opportunities for church and parachurch ministries is included along with the tools to begin developing a philosophy of youth ministry.

Youth Ministry Skills is a practical class covering the most basic programming that makes up a successful ministry to adolescents. These skills include, but are not limited to, time management, organizing a ministry calendar, designing and running camps and retreats, publicity and promotion, involvement with missions and service projects, evangelism to youth, creating budgets, developing student leaders, understanding and using technology, and more. A retreat planned by and for the students of the class culminates the learning experience.

This course equips students to teach lessons from the Bible, use and/or develop curriculum, understand the “scope and sequence” of teaching, and practice speaking in different ministry settings. Attention is given to enhancing the creative process, understanding the faith development of teenagers, and leading small groups effectively.

This course provides an exploration of strategies and techniques for counseling adolescents. The class examines the needs and problems of normal and troubled adolescents including self-image, sexuality, eating disorders, suicide, and depression. Attention is given to recognizing warning signs and understanding the referral process.

CEDU321 | Spiritual Development of Children
Students will be challenged to gain insights into the nature and needs of children from birth to age twelve and to consider ways to help them grow as disciples of Christ. They will explore issues and possibilities in church-based ministries with children, including basic philosophies of ministry and their practical implications. A portion of class sessions in the second half of the semester will feature children’s ministers working in the Sacramento area, sharing their philosophy of ministry and addressing specific topics.

CEDU337 | Family Ministry
Students will be challenged to develop a theology of family, exploring issues and possibilities in church-based ministries with families, including basic philosophies of ministry and their practical implications.

LDRS303 | Leadership and Justice
This course begins by building a foundation for biblical justice in the Kingdom of God. The course then reviews barriers to justice in society and approaches to address them. The focus then turns to address the role that leaders play in global justice and ethics in diverse settings.

YMIN283 | Youth Culture Trends and Issues
A study of the social and cultural forces shaping the experience of adolescence in contemporary America. Students learn to evaluate individual elements of youth culture, analyze the cultural systems that shape young people, and develop effective strategies for cultural engagement. Emphasis is given to understanding the variety of current family structures and the development of enrichment programs designed to strengthen and equip families.

 

Interdisciplinary Specialization (18 units)

Arrange with BAL Lead Faculty. Specialization may include courses from 1 or more interdisciplinary fields of study.

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