OPEN SEP 02, 2019 – NOV 06, 2019 550 $
Character & Identity
How a person sees him or herself has a huge influence on that person’s view of the world and upon that person’s choices. When one’s self image is not securely rooted in God, then it is susceptible to impulses of society and culture and of one’s immediate surroundings, many of which are unhelpful. A leader’s character comes into play, for example, in dealing with frequent issues regarding money, sex, or power. This course shall assist the student in discerning his or her own weaknesses and developing strategies to balance the amount. Certainly in the interaction between men and women, leaders must develop clarity of conviction and practice in order to avoid questionable or abusive behavior or becoming a victim of such behaviors.
TIME COMMITMENT6 HOURS PER WEEK
DURATION8 WEEKS + RESEARCH
PACETUTOR GUIDED
MODULCHARACTER
COURSE LANGUAGEENGLISH
VIDEO TRANSCRIPTAVAILABLE IN ENGLISH
DIFFICULTYINTERMEDIATE
CREDIT HOURS2
TOTAL TIME40 HOURS IN TOTAL INCL. LECTURE AND RESEARCH

What you´ll learn

Character and Identity: Character of a Leader, individual personality
How a person sees him or herself has a huge influence on that person’s view of the world and upon that person’s choices. When one’s self image is not securely rooted in God, then it is susceptible to impulses of society and culture and of one’s immediate surroundings, many of which are unhelpful. A leader’s character comes into play, for example, in dealing with frequent issues regarding money, sex, or power. This course shall assist the student in discerning his or her own weaknesses and developing strategies to balance the amount. Certainly in the interaction between men and women, leaders must develop clarity of conviction and practice in order to avoid questionable or abusive behavior or becoming a victim of such behaviors.

Course Goals

  • The student describes the most important character traits of a leader.
  • The student summarizes the various phases and challenges in the development of a pastor or other leader.
  • The student articulates the tensions and balance between ministry in the church and healthy family life.

Acquired Skills

  • to be announced
OPEN SEP 02, 2019 – NOV 06, 2019
550 $

Contents of the course in detail

Character and Identity: Character of a Leader, individual personality
  • Alpha and Omega: our relationship with the Lord. Of what consists a strong relationship to God? How do I know whether my relationship with the Lord strong or weak is? How can I strengthen my relationship with the Lord?
  • Personality profiles (DICG, Enneagram, etc.). Who am I? How does my personality express itself in my leadership?
  • What are the development phases of a leader? Where must I devote particular personal attention?
  • Biblical model leaders: what can I learn from them?
  • What are the most important character aspects of a leader? Where are my strengths and weaknesses, and how do I work on them?
  • What does the Bible say about leaders and their identity?
  • What are the typical crises and conflict areas that a pastor experiences?
  • The pastor and his or her roles: church leader, married person, parent, etc.
  • To what extent should I be transparent about my weaknesses? How do I maintain a healthy distance/closeness to staff colleagues and church members?
  • What are the most important areas in church life where I have to be the example? In which areas may I depend more on the example of others?
  • What skill set should I acquire as a pastor? In which areas of my church must I have insight?
  • 3 central qualities, according to Jim Collins: fanatical discipline, productive paranoia, and empirical creativity.
  • Maintaining the practice of continuing education.
  • At what point do I seek marriage counseling? When, and how, though I speak with colleagues if I am having a marital crisis? When is it a bad idea?
  • How do I deal with disappointment by other people?
  • What are typical expectations that others have of me as a pastor? Where must I take special care?
  • My job makes me a public person. To what should I give special attention in this role?
  • How do I stay motivated?
  • To what extent must I be aware of my weaknesses, and when do absolutely need to work on them. When is it appropriate to avoid giving attention to my weaknesses? When should I seek complementary abilities in others? In dealing with weaknesses how much do I communicate with staff colleagues?
  • What are the main points where a pastor fails? How do I deal with these areas, whether potential or real?
  • My relationship with the Lord has become “professional.” What do I do?
  • Preacher’s kids: how frequent is that reality? To what must I give attention as a pastor raising children?
  • What are my positions, what is my involvement, in critical areas such as sexuality, pornography, drugs, alcohol, etc.?
  • To what extent am I influenced by my own past or by that of my family of origin? Where do I have to work through issues, forgive, or let go of experiences and issues?
  • How do I deal with my family of origin?
  • How do I create a vision for life? How do I develop this vision further? How do I set it into practice?

Faculty

To be announced

Final exam

Online test

Evaluation and Grading

Class participation (20%).
Term paper (40%).
Final essay exam (40%).

Preparatory tasks for the students

Required reading (20-40 hours).
Practical exercises to accompany instruction.

Proof of achievement

to be announced

Required Reading

To be announced.

Additional Bibliography

To be announced.