Leadership 2: Innovation of Decision-making Processes


Course Objective

The student:

Knowledge and understanding
• demonstrates adequate and up to date knowledge of Christian missionary
entrepreneurship in modern, secular societies, both in pioneer contexts
and in established church contexts;
* demonstrates adequate and up to date knowledge of theological and
social science theories pertaining to missionary leadership in
pioneering and established contexts

Applying knowledge and understanding
• develops a hermeneutical framework based on theory by which
congregations can be analysed with regard to their missionary leadership
• formulates a ‘road map’ for religious leadership as conclusion of the
paper assignment on the community’s identity and sustainability.

Making judgments
• is able to identify values involved in situations of missionary
pioneering, both within and outside the community, and weighing these
values as part of the
decision to act
• is able to discern which spiritual practices are appropriate in the
‘road map’ for religious leadership.

• is able to make the analysis of congregations to bear upon the
practices of the community in question

Learning skills:
• can reflect on their own possibilities in terms of religious
entrepreneurship with a view to the capacities and competencies that
have been discussed during the course
• is able to find a learning community relevant to his own tradition
for expanding his/her hermeneutic horizon.

Course Content

Increasingly, churches in the West are embarking on church planting and
missionary pioneering. This is done out of a number of different
motives, among which confessional motives, growth motives, and
innovation motives are among the most prominent. Also in established
churches there is an increasing emphasis on the need to innovate for the
purpose of mission and vitality. In this module we concentrate on the
kind of entrepreneurial leadership that is required in these new
missionary contexts, with an emphasis on growth and innovation. Students
will learn about relevant literature and (recent) research esp. into
entrepreneurial leadership, and they will develop a framework for
analysis and improvement both for existing and new congregations. Also,
they will learn to reflect on their own leadership.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, reading assignments and developing case studies. Reading
assignments will be critically discussed, explained and
commented upon. Case studies will be presented and critically discussed
as work in progress. Students are required to prepare themselves in
small groups for presentation and a debate of reading assignments and
case studies.

Method of Assessment

- several reading assignments and reports during the course (10%)
- a brief essay on leadership in a concrete missionary congregation (old
or new), applying an analytical framework developed by the student, and
a reflection paper (90%)


- Stefan Paas. Church Planting in the Secular West: Learning from the
European Experience. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids 2016.
- Robert Doornenbal. Crossroads. Eburon: Delft 2012 (Ch. 7-8), See:
- Mark Volland. The Minister as Entrepreneur. London: SCPK, 2015.
- Pat Keifert, Nigel Rooms. Forming a Missional Church. Cambridge: Grove
Books 2014 (available in pdf).
- Michael Moynagh. Church for Every Context: An Introduction to Theology
and Practice. London: SCM Press, 2012.
- Martijn Vellekoop, Fingers Crossed: Developments, lessons learnt and
challenges after eight years of pioneering. Utrecht: Protestant Church
in the Netherlands 2017 (see Canvas, sub files).

Target Audience

This course is part of the one year Master's track Leadership. It can be
taken as elective by all other Master's students.

Additional Information

• Literature should be read before classes as indicated.
• Assignments should be fulfilled before classes as indicated.

General Information

Course Code G_LEAD2
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. S. Paas
Examiner prof. dr. S. Paas
Teaching Staff prof. dr. S. Paas
dr. S. Stoppels

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar
Target audiences

This course is also available as: