Leadership Basics

The ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah experienced the leadership of many kings—some were good, though most were evil. Is there anything we can learn from the successes and failures of these ancient kings? It turns out, there’s a lot! In this course, you will explore forty lessons learned from the kings of Judah (and a few from Israel)—lessons that will prove invaluable for leaders today in various capacities and from all walks of life.

Women and Church Leadership

In Women and Church Leadership, you will work with biblical, theological, historical and contemporary issues and models for the ministries of women. In particular, you will examine these issues in the light of the best recent scholarship and in the light of current denominational debates on the question of women’s ordination to pastoral ministry or other types of leadership in the church. The subject of this course is one that is critical in the church today. CUGN encourages you to approach the subject with an open mind and heart as you review all perspectives on the issue. The goal of the course is to help you develop a point of view that is theologically sound and that fts with your personal convictions. (If you are interested in a somewhat different perspective on women in leadership roles within the church, CUGN also offers ML505 Ministering to Women in the Church by Lucy Mabery-Foster, Ph.D.)

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.

Adult Ministries in the Church

How do adults learn? What are the most successful ways to teach them? This course presents principles of adult education and their application to various adult age levels within the church. Learners explore theories in young, middle, and older adult education, and examine successful ministries to singles, single parents, and families. The course promotes Knowles’ andragogical model of adult education, emphasizing such important subjects as how adults learn, how structure the classroom, and how to facilitate learning.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.

Ministering to Women in the Church

Often overlooked or misunderstood are the vital roles of women in the home, society, and the church. Leadership will study ministry to and by women, including biblical foundations for women and principles for evangelizing, discipling, and counseling women. Lectures focus on the history of women’s ministries in the church, the role of women’s ministries in the New Testament, and the contemporary cultural context for women’s ministries. In addition, students will learn how to minster to the needs of specific women’s ministries. In addition, students will learn how to minister to the needs to specific women’s groups, such as singles, homemakers, those in the workplace, and those who are hurting.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.

Faith at Work

Many believers long to find ways to better integrate their faith and work. Some feel as though they are in a second-class role because they were not called into full-time Christian ministry. Some struggle with identifying their purpose, calling, and giftedness; having no role model; knowing how to integrate faith and work; and knowing how to share and defend faith in the workplace. As a result, these believers are frustrated and can fall short of fully integrating their faith with their work.

If this has been your experience, get ready to be encouraged. These five lessons will help you reflect on your life purpose to bring glory to God and the topic of calling and giftedness. You will discover the importance of having a mentor and being a mentor. You will learn about spiritual formation at work and how your identity in Christ should be reflected in the workplace. And we’ll wrap up by discussing evangelism and apologetics, helping you build confidence as you prepare to share and defend faith in the workplace. A resource section of 125 websites is also provided for your personal reference and use.

The New Testament challenges each of us: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23 NIV).

With this in mind, we offer the course “Faith at Work.”

Ultimate Leadership I

Based on spiritual principles of leadership and character development, this four-lesson course offers studies on Character and Leadership, Knowing God’s Will, Building Trust and more. The Ultimate Leadership course will give you practical skills that will increase your success in every area of life.

Ultimate Leadership II

Based on spiritual principles of leadership and character development, this course five-lesson course offers studies on Setting Boundaries, Identifying Travel Companions, Dealing with Toxic People and more. The Ultimate Leadership course will give you practical skills that will increase your success in every area of life.

Church Leadership and Administration

What is leadership? How do I make effective decisions? How do I motivate those around me? This course addresses such theoretical and practical questions by examining the administrative process, including goal setting, organization, delegation, human relations, group dynamics, supervision, and leadership training. Though administration principles are universal, the course focuses on Christian organizations, particularly the local church. The course is designed to help students become more effective church leaders in both theory and practice.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.

Group Dynamics

How is it that some groups seem to relate well together, work well together, and think well together when there are groups that just don’t seem to connect at all? Without feeling connected, people may participate in our ministry groups, but will they be changed as a result? As a leader, making a strong connection possible means to stop doing what comes naturally to you and start doing what works. The Group Dynamics course will show you ten effective ways to guide your ministry group. Begin today and experience a great connection in your group.

Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management

Organizational communication is a powerful tool for either construction or destruction. In this course, learners discover biblical principles of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships. The course gives attention to communication models, self-concept, nonverbal messages, stress, and strategies that assist Christian leaders in developing interpersonal communication skills. In addition, the course focuses on the nature of conflict, how to identify common styles of conflict management, and how to manage conflict acceptably and productively.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.