600-Level Graduate Courses

CLSG 601 • History of Spirituality (3 units)
An exploration of Spirituality throughout church history that includes examples from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant (including Pentecostal) traditions.

CLSG 606 • Spiritual Formation (3 units)
This course will be a journey together, discussing the various and diverse meanings of spirituality and the implications of a spiritual life. It will look into the issues of faith that flow from the mysticism of the Holy Spirit into the prophetic radicalism of living out the Christian values in our modern world. The class will be a shared experience, elaborating a spirituality for our lives that is holistic.

CLSG 607 • Spiritual Direction (3 units)
This course equips the scholar with foundational understandings and resources necessary to serve as a spiritual director for persons who are seeking guidance to discern the mysterious and tangible ways that God is present and at work in their lives.

CLSG 624 • Change and Strategic Planning (3 units)
An examination of change within congregations and religious organizations with a view toward understanding systematically the relationship between the organization and its environment. Alternate strategic planning, problem solving and program evaluation models will be explored in light of intentional mission and ministry.

CLSG 632 • Team Building and Conflict Management (3 units)
An exploration of team building as integral to preventing conflict and the role of conflict in healthy team formation.  Participants will examine the nature of conflict, how it develops within individuals, relationships, and organization as well as the methods for managing conflict effectively.

CLSG 638 • Leadership and Global Issues (3 units)
An understanding of leadership issues in intercultural contexts with a focus on the adaptation of best practices to local customs and culture.  The course explores dimensions of social and organizational identities and examines how cultural perspective and context impact leadership decision-making.  Intercultural skills will be improved through the analysis of case studies and participation in group activities.

CLSG 642 • Soul Care of Others (3 units)
A practical seminar that explores current trends in counseling and soul care, including Christian perspectives.  The course will examine the relationship of the pastoral counselor to clinical therapists and other mental health care professionals, as well as provide the pragmatic integration of theological reflection with social science theory and practice.

CLSG 646 • Leadership and Character Development (3 units)
An exploration of the interior life of the leader in order to understand how character, spirituality and personal ethics of the leader influence interpersonal relationships and the public roles of leadership in the workplace.

CLSG 670 • Special Topics (3 units)
Study in a special topic in leadership studies.

CLSG 680 • Individual Study in Leadership Studies (3 units)
An individualized study initiated by the student who must develop a written prospectus of the proposed study and secure an appropriate sponsoring faculty member to supervise and evaluate the study. Up to a maximum of three units may be applied toward the degree requirements.

CLSG 690 • Seminar in Leadership Studies (3 units)
Mutual investigation of one topic in cross-cultural ministry of particular relevance to graduate students in leadership studies.

700-Level Graduate Courses

CLSG 710 • Mission and Culture in Theological Perspective (3 units)
This interdisciplinary study, integrating theology and praxis, seeks to develop a theology of mission based on the premise that the unifying theme of Scripture is embodied in the concept of the Kingdom of God introduced in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the ministry of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and demonstrated to the world through the life and actions of a believing community empowered by the Holy Spirit.

CLSG 715 • The Church and Contemporary Moral Issues (3 units)
This course seeks to develop a constructive Christian ethic as a basis from which to understand and to evaluate the moral problems confronting the contemporary church. Emphasis will be placed on the theological character of the church’s ethical reflection on moral issues.

CLSG 720 • Theology and Theory of Leadership (3 units)
An examination of selected theological issues regarding leadership and an overview of leadership theory since its inception as a discipline and a focus in research. Particular emphasis is placed on the student’s research skills to explore and articulate theological, theoretical and contemporary findings in the field.

CLSG 741 •Biblical Exegesis and Expository Preaching (3 units)
A study of the movement from the sound exegesis of the biblical text to the effective exposition of the text in sermonic form.