Personal Growth for Leadership

This postgraduate unit  provides students with an awareness of their own spiritual and emotional health, assisting them to develop skills and techniques for achieving their own maturity, and working with others to enhance this most primary of resources for Christian ministry. It includes an examination of the emotional and spiritual health of those in ministry, aspects of personal and family life related to ministry, roles and role conflicts in ministry, personal growth and leadership: skills and disciplines, problems of anger, depression, assertiveness and their implications for relationships and ministry, and behavioural modification techniques and their role in assisting leaders.

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. use communication skills to explain the impact that complex societal and relational stressors have on ministers’ psychological health and wellbeing
  2. engage critically with the foundations of their own emotional health and spiritual well-being to achieve a high level of self-awareness
  3. reflect critically on their own evolving spirituality and leadership development and determine the part each plays in ministry
  4. critically evaluate practices and disciplines that build a sustainable and resilient ministry
  5. establish a “rule of life”, demonstrating an advanced approach to integrating practices of spirituality and leadership in both life and ministry
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