Leadership Studies



Advocacy: for Evangelical Leaders

Faculty: Mary Kendall Hope, Ph.D. (Profile)

Description:This E_Tutorial explores the skills and concepts needed to understand and become an advocate. Advocacy involves the work completed by an individual or entity on behalf of one “side” in a conflict situation.

The problems brought to an advocate impact the life or lives of the individual, family members, or other members of the organization he/she represents. Common examples include domestic abuse victims, orphaned or estranged children, elder abuse victims. Other profession organizations provide advocacy; these include community counseling organizations and policy victims’ advocacy programs. Taking this course would be a good preparation for a more advanced training as an professional advocate or victims’ advocate in any capacity (privately or professionally). 

Required Reading:

  • Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution By Bernard Mayer (2004) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers
  • Negotiate: Resolve it Right. College Edition. By Mary Kendall Hope. (2014) Raleigh, NC: Pax Pugna Publications

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Building Intercultural Competence

Faculty: Ansel Augustine, D.Min. (Profile)

Description:  This E-Tutorial explores the skills and concepts needed to work with people of diverse backgrounds in ministry. This course can further benefit the individual seeking practices that will meet the challenges of how to minister with those from different backgrounds. During the course, “best practices” will be looked at and the student will have the opportunity to reflect on their own ministry setting. Although the document is from a Catholic perspective, each student is encouraged to adapt the reading to their own faith tradition.

Required Reading: 
  • USCCB. Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2017.

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Cultural Intelligence

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description: This E-Tutorial is an exploration of strategies, skills and research needed to be effective in our globalized and interconnected world. 
 
E-Tutorial Goals - To develop essential skills that go beyond cultural differences and to positively impact your ability to communicate, teach, work and network in our culturally diverse world.
 
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Effective Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Faculty: Ansel Augustine, D.Min. (Profile)

Description:  This E-Tutorial explores the skills and concepts needed to work with youth and young adults in today’s society. This course can further benefit the individual seeking practices that will meet the challenges of the changing dynamic of the field of youth and young adult ministry. During the course, “best practices” will be looked at and the student will have the opportunity to reflect on their own ministry setting. Although the readings mostly focus on youth ministry (Jr. High & High School), the lessons can also be transferred over to young adult ministry (ages 18 – 40 years old). 

Required Reading:
  • East, Tom. Effective Practices for Dynamic Youth Ministry. St. Mary’s Press, 2004
  • Fields, Doug. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry. Youth Specialties, 2013

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Facilitation: Professional Problem-Solving with Churches and Professional Organizations

Faculty: Mary Kendall Hope, Ph.D., Professor of Mediation Studies (Profile)

Description: This E-Tutorial explores the skills and concepts needed to complete a successful professional facilitation. Facilitation involves the established practice of facilitation techniques to assist groups, businesses, and professional organizations to resolve problems.

The problems brought to a facilitator impact all that are a part of the group, business, or organization. Common examples include disputes faced by community & civic organizations such as school boards, city councils, or county governing entities. Other groups who seek a professional facilitator include churches, businesses, clubs or unions. The course provides an overview of professional facilitation techniques with a single role-play at the end. Taking this course would be a good preparation for more advanced training as a professional facilitator.

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How Can We Help? The Nature of Conscious Service

Faculty: Janice L. Lundy, D.Min. (Profile)

Premise: 

Are you someone who intends or already ministers to at risk or suffering populations? Often when we set out to do this type of ministry, we go with the best of intentions, hoping to help or save someone from their despair. But, more often than we realize, these people (the homeless, the dying, the poor, people with disabilities, et. al) who live with extreme challenges, end up being our teachers. They invite us to deep inner work including transparently assessing our perceptions, how we relate to suffering, and noticing how our egos may become ensnared in the role of “helper.” This tutorial explores the nature of conscious service by looking more deeply into how we can really help.
 
Our guides in this e-tutorial are people who have practical experience working with challenged populations. They compassionately, but expertly, guide us as we look into the nature of service, our motives and our tendencies. Ram Dass and Paul Gorman, authors of the classic text, How Can I Help? offer deep insights into the fundamental challenges of caring for others.Their findings are sourced in their work with AIDS patients and the dying.  Stanislaus Kennedy, RSC, founder of Focus Point Ireland, has interviewed dozens of service providers and ministry professionals in all areas of care, including Jean Vanier and Henry Nouwen, to reveal how they were transformed by the specific population with which they worked. Sr. Stanislaus describes people on the margins as “unexpected prophets” and offers keen insights into how we, too, can be transformed by the pain and suffering we witness in the courageous journeys of others. Quaker teacher, Parker Palmer, has journeyed with college students over the years, and entreats us to take a keen look at the overarching theme of life purpose, including how it is best for us to “listen to what our life intends to do with us before we tell our life what we intend to do with it.” With his guidance, we explore vocation, call, and how these are not “goals to be achieved, but a gift to be received"—a gift that can properly lead is into the heart of genuine service. 
 
By taking the words of these wise teachers into our hearts, we can uncover the true nature of our desire to serve others, that we may do so from a place of integrity, fulfillment, and highest purpose. We also learn how, as Sr. Stanislaus espouses, “Hope lives on the edge,” and the ways each of us can contribute to this holy purpose—no matter our background, tradition, or the form our ministry takes.
 
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Human Diversity in Education

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description: This E-Tutorial describes an exploration of different topics related to teaching, mentoring, counseling and working with an ever changing diverse, immigrant and multi-ethnic society.

E-Tutorial Goals: To develop appropriate practices for cultural competency for diverse communities. To incorporate best practices and gaining skills in intercultural communication and interaction in order to reach out to diverse, multi-ethnic and immigrant communities.

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Identity, Immigration, and Citizenship

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description: This E-Tutorial explores the abundance of new scholarship on the evolution of citizenship in the United States. Ethnographers, anthropologists, sociologists, historians and other scholars have studied the ever-changing criteria (race, identity, class, culture, religion) that have produced such categories as “citizen,” “resident aliens,” “nationals,” and “illegal aliens.” One of the purposes of these readings is to encourage us to understand the Latino/a identity and citizenship in a comparative frame work. The emphasis would be related to identity, citizenship, race, and human experience in the context of cultural migration.

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Ministry with the Margins

Faculty: Ansel Augustine, D.Min. (Profile)

Description:  This E-Tutorial explores the skills and concepts needed to work with those that are “overlooked” by traditional church ministry. This course can further benefit the individual seeking practices that will meet the challenges of how to minister to those on the margins of society (prisoners, gangs, those that don’t fit the “polished” stereotype of regular church attendees, etc). During the course, “best practices” will be looked at and the student will have the opportunity to reflect on their own ministry setting.  

Required Reading:
  • Boyle, Gregory. Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. Simon & Schuster. 2017.

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Public Witness and Community Partnership

Faculty: C. Anthony Hunt, Ph.D., E. Franklin Frazier Professor of African American Studies (Profile)

Premise and Overview: This course provides an examination of different forms of religious engagement in the public square, different pathways of religious institutions’ (churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.)  influence in public, political and community life, and different partnerships forged creatively that cross “sacred/secular” divisions in order to address social problems, foster societal transformation, and strengthen the common good. Through exposure to historical and current examples of religious institutions engaging with social challenges in settings around the world, the course equips students with theological frameworks and effective strategies for public witness and community partnerships for the sake of societal transformation.  
 
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Social Entrepreneurship as a “Gospel Compatible” Business Model

Faculty: The Reverend Dr. Joanne Neal (Profile)

Description: This e-tutorial focuses on two essential questions:

  • To what extent might social entrepreneurship be a constructive model for the integration of ethical business and management practices and Christian faith values?
  • How might social enterprise allow the Church and business to partner in the resolution of intractable social problems with which social entrepreneurship is concerned?

The processes of globalization have resulted in both positive and negative outcomes for human beings and for the environment. Social entrepreneurship, as a constructive outcome of globalization, has its own particular niche within the global market economy. Social entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that has been steadily gaining ground in the past two decades. It is a dimension of entrepreneurial activity aimed at generating social value and creating sustainable change rather than focusing on producing monetary profit as its primary goal. Social entrepreneurship, at its heart, is highly compatible with the values, beliefs, and goals of the Christian Church in its mission to achieve social, economic, and environmental justice. It has tremendous potential to be an inspiring exemplar of what it means to live out the Gospels.

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Transcending Cycles of Violence

Faculty: Mary Kendall Hope, Ph.D., Professor of Mediation Studies (Profile)

Course DESCRIPTION:This Course explores the skills needed to break cycles of violence and promote peace.  The group behavior patterns that lead to social conflict are explored with an emphasis on methods to break long standing cycles of violence and transcend patterns of ineffective functioning that has perpetuated conflict.  Dr. John Paul Lederach’s groundbreaking writings lead the field in creating the stimulus for changes that will stimulate peace. 
 
Individuals promoting peace are uniquely posed (within every type of cultural community) to lead and inspire social groups to transcend cycles of violence.  Strong leadership is what is needed to enable congregates and communities to begin new pathways of peaceful interaction.  In today’s world of rising crime, gang membership, and terrorist threats, - the skill to break and transcend “cycles of violence” is sorely needed. This course will provide students with the techniques needed to lead communities away from conflict cycles and toward the light of a more healthy and positive peace, where once there existed only violence.
 
REQUIRED Text
  • Transcending Cycles of Violence:  The RING of Conflict Resolution. By Mary Kendall Hope, (2014) Raleigh, NC: Pax Pugna Publications    
  • The Middle East:  How Conflict Resolution Can Extinguish Terrorism:  The Power of Cultural and Sub-Cultural Understanding by Mary Kendall Hope,  (2014) Raleigh, NC: Pax Pugna Publications 

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