Biblical Foundations of Executive Leadership

Content Contributor: Mark L. Vincent, Ph.D., CCNL, CEO/ Senior Design Partner

Facilitator: Mark L. Vincent, Ph.D., CCNL, CEO, Design Group International

Category: Executive Leadership

Last Day to Register: January 8, 2018

Module Start Date: January 15, 2018

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and learn from a biblical hero or heroine with whom the leader identifies
  • Review biblical passages where God praises a leader: Comforting? Challenging?
  • Understand the theological concept of the leader as a steward, one managing a trust rather than functioning as an owner
  • Examine why Scripture does not separate the individual from the organization and its mission in the way Western culture does
  • Visit Jesus' words about leadership, and compare the leader's life

Module Overview

This module introduces the biblical foundations of executive leadership. It explores biblical heroes and heroines who serve as insightful models of leadership, and examines Scriptural passages in which God praises a leader, particularly for their leadership behavior. We will consider the biblical motif of the leader as a steward, and reflect on Scriptures linking leaders to the organizations they serve. We will explore Jesus’ own words on leadership. This module invites leaders to do their own work of biblical reflection on the subject of executive leadership, moving beyond what others have said they should think to determine what they think personally. Finally, leaders will be asked to draw one key lesson from each session that points to next steps in their journey.

Requirements for Receiving Credit

  1. Successful completion and submission of five Reflection assignments demonstrating that the participant has read required resources and reviewed the presentation content.
  2. Engage in all topic forum discussions for all five sessions.

Required Textbooks

The Bible. This module utilizes the updated edition of the New Amercian Standard Bible, because of the strength of its close translation from the original languages.

Becoming a Steward Leader: Essential Insights from Thought Leaders and Practitioners, Christian Leadership Alliance, 2012

A Christian View of Money: Celebrating God's Generosity (3rd ed), by Mark L. Vincent, Wipf and Stock, 2006

Additional readings will be accessible from within the module once it begins.

Facilitator Bio

Mark L. Vincent, Ph.D., CCNL, CEO, Design Group International

Mark L. Vincent, Ph.D., CCNL, CEO, Design Group International

Mark L. Vincent is CEO of Design Group International, an organizational development company he co-founded in 2001 to help organizations and their leaders discover clarity and implement solutions. Out of a successful career in pastoral ministry, project management and leadership development, Mark co-founded Design Group International, a firm that helps organizations and their leaders discover clarity and implement solutions. Mark assists businesses, nonprofits and ministry organizations, guiding leadership transitions, untying organizational knots and moving forward in mission. A noted cutting-edge thought leader in stewardship theology and practice, Mark mentors executive leaders and organizational development professionals through conversation, training, speaking and writing.