SAMPLE ECD (Expanded Course Description)


This course is part of the MA in Global Leadership two week Seminar 2 in Pasadena.

ML565A (2 units) is week 1 of the two week Seminar 2 in Pasadena: ML565B (2 units) is online in the following quarter.

ML583A (2 units) is week 2 of the two week Seminar 2 in Pasadena: ML583B (2 units) is online in the following quarter.                                                                                                                                                                                                           


All ministries exist in some form of organization, whether a church, mission agency, or marketplace organization. Therefore, understanding various organizational dynamics such as organizational culture, structures of organizations, and organizational leadership is critical for any leader desiring to have effective ministry within the organization. This course will provide an introduction to the seminal theories in organizational dynamics including purpose/vision of ministries, ministry values, learning organizations, and organizational structures, culture and lifestyles. Through the use of the seminal theories, case studies and the final project, students will have the opportunity to analyze their own organizations and plan for the future.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon the successful completion of the course, students will have

  1. built an organizational leadership learning community;
  2. interacted with seminal theories of organizational development;
  3. observed their church/organization through a variety of organizational development theories;
  4. evaluated their church/organization in order to diagnose health and offered prescriptives, if necessary;
  5. sharpened their organizational leadership expertise.


This course sequence consists of pre-course reading and class participation in a one-week intensive, which includes spiritual formation, lectures, small groups, case studies, and exercises (part A). It is part of the Global Leadership Seminar 2, a required two-week intensive course for the MA in Global Leadership. NOTE: Before the campus seminar, students will read and write analytical book reports for Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies AND The Starfish and the Spider. The book reports are due the first day of the seminar.

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.


If you have previously read any of the required texts, please select an alternative text from the Recommended Reading list or a book approved by the instructor.

Adizes, Ichak. Managing Corporate Lifecycles. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall Press, 1999 (or, an earlier ed. of Lifecycles is fine) (ISBN-10: 0735200572, $48.95)

Brafman, Ori, and Beckstrom, Rod. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations. London: Portfolio, 2006. (Please read this and Built to Last before coming to class and write an analytical book report for both.) (ISBN-10: 1591841836, $10.20)

Collins, James, and Jerry Porras. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. New York: Harper Collins, 2002. (B001S33262, $9.68)

Collins, James. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't. New York: Harper Business. 2003. (ISBN-10: 0066621003, $39.65)

Goleman, Daniel, Boyatzis, Richard, and McKee, Annie. Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004 (ISBN-10: 1591391849, $12.24)

One of the following:

Asheknas, Ron, et al. The Boundaryless Organization: Breaking the Chains of Organizational Structure. Revised and Updated. Jossey-Bass, 2002. (ISBN-10: 078795943X, $19.77)

Schein, Edgar H. Organizational Culture and Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004 (ISBN-10: 0787975974, $38.71)
AND Hofstede, Geert, and Hofstede, Gert-Jan. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010. (ISBN-10: 0071664181, $19.77)

Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. New York: Broadway Business, 2006. (ISBN-10: 0385517254, $16.47)
AND Senge, Peter, et al. The Fifth Discipline: Fieldbook. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997. (ISBN-10: 0385472560, $21.97)

Trebesch, Shelley G. "Organizations that Develop Persons: A Case Study of OMF International." FTS Dissertation, 2001. (available in the course shell)

(Students may choose to wait to purchase these books until the theories are introduced in class.)



ML565a (Fall 2013)

  1. Analytical book reports for (45%) Jim Collins and Jerry Porras - Built to Last Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom - The Starfish and the Spider Ichak Adizes - Managing Corporate Lifecycles
  2. Reading log for other required books (20%) Jim Collins - Good to Great Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee - Primal Leadership
  3. Exercises (20%)
  4. Class participation (15%)

ML565b (Winter 2014)

  1. Project 1: Discern and/or write the mission, vision, core values, and strategies of your ministry OR Analyze and prescribe your ministry using Adizes' Corporate Lifecycles. (40%)
  2. Project 2: analyzing and applying at least one of the organizational theories to your ministry. (60%)

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.


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