Leading the Larger Church

This postgraduate unit introduces the uniqueness of the larger church, its role in the processes of evangelism and mission in the Australian context and beyond, and the skills and perspectives necessary to effectively lead such an organization. It examines clarifying, articulating, implementing vision and mission, inspiring others to action, the senior leader as fundraiser, understanding generational distinctives, discerning your calling, the ethics of positional power, serving as a representative of the church, relationships with other churches and Christian ministries, and exercising civic Influence.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. display perceptive understanding of the characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of the large church
  2. categorise the skills necessary to lead a large church, i.e. as institution, as healing community, as political and economic cooperation, as social activist
  3. review the necessary steps and stages in founding, developing, and sustaining the large church
  4. distinguish the issues involved in leading a large church from their biblical, sociological, economic and political sources
  5. show critical appreciation of the support role that large churches can play towards smaller churches
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