SAMPLE ECD (Expanded Course Description)


MA in Global Leadership Cohort Online Class                                                                                                                                                                                                


This course explores the nature of Christian leadership development slightly based on J. Robert Clinton’s Leadership Emergence Theory. The course also highlights an integration of spiritual leadership and how God shapes a leader over a lifetime for unique purposes. Development of a leader’s life takes place: (1) In the context of God’s sovereign formative hand, (2) in the context of time and (3) in context of a leader’s response to God’s formation. The course also aims to provide perspectives that enable students to assist others in their lifelong development.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this course, students will have

  1. aligned one’s own identity as a leader by reflecting on the integration of being and doing in leadership;
  2. acquired key insights into how God has been shaping their life over a lifetime for unique purposes;
  3. processed developmental exercises that will assist them to assess and describe their God-given potential;
  4. generated a Developmental Plan using adapted course concepts that will enable them to assist others in their personal development. 


The class will be conducted on the Internet using a 10-week lesson program aligned with Fuller’s academic calendar. Each week students and the instructor will interact with the material through journaling and threaded discussions. The sessions include a time of spiritual formation as well as further input on lifelong development concepts. There will also be virtual small group activities to apply the concepts.

SAMPLE: Do not order books from this ECD. Check the link to the course in the appropriate quarter for your cohort via the Registrar's Course Schedule.


Barton, Ruth Haley. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008. ISBN 9780830835133 (Pub.price: US$18).

Benner, David. The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004. ISBN 9780830832453 (Pub.price: US$13).

Clinton, J. Robert and Paul Stanley. Connecting: Finding the Mentors You Need to be Successful in Life. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1992. ISBN: 0891096388. (Pub. Price: $15.00)

Clinton, J. Robert. Leadership Emergence Theory Reader Articles (LET Reader). Altadena, CA: Barnabas Publishers, 2005. ISBN 097418182X (Pub.price: US$20). Available through

Reese, Randy & Robert Loane. Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-8308-3789-2 (Pub Price: $20.00)

Trebesch, Shelley. Isolation: A Place of Transformation in the Life of a Leader. Altadena, CA: Barnabas Publishers, 1997. ISBN 9780974181844 (Pub.price: US$8). Available through or or



Clinton, J. Robert. The Making of a Leader. Second Edition. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2012. ISBN-13: 9781612910758 (Pub.price: US$16.99)



  1. Weekly Threaded Discussions (10%), Journaling (10%)
  2. Reading Responses (10%) and Processing Exercises (20%)
  3. A development plan emerging from the student's own life using course concepts for implementation. This plan will be completed by the end of the tenth week (50%)

PREREQUISITES: This course is only available to those who are accepted into the MA in Global Leadership.


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: A required course for the cohort portion of the MA in Global Leadership. NO AUDITORS.


FINAL EXAMINATION: No written examination.

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