Church Leadership Courses (CLD)

Effective leadership for ministry requires that leaders understand their own gifts, skills, and leadership style, possess the capacity to train and motivate individuals and teams, and know how to organize, plan for, and implement programs designed to achieve major objectives.

CLD 510 - Foundations of Christian Leadership (3 Credits)
Christian leadership development forms part of the distinctive “DNA” of ACTS Seminaries and this course represents the gateway to this Christian Leadership Development (CLD) focus. In this course, students will explore six key dimensions of leadership: a growing relationship with God, character, calling, community, team and context-appropriate competencies. CLD 510 helps learners strengthen their leadership foundations and thus is the prerequisite entry course to the CLD track.
CLD 531 - Personal Dimensions of Leadership Development (3 Credits)
The spiritual growth of the Christian leader cannot be left to chance. Such progress is intentional, developmental, and cumulative; guided by the Holy Spirit, and nurtured among other believers. This course seeks to understand and encourage growth in Christian leaders in three areas: spiritual formation, ethical integrity, and personal relationships.
CLD 532 - Power, Change & Conflict (3 Credits)
A study of principles and dynamics related to the power relationships and the need for change that exists in all organizations. Students will develop in their understanding of the role of power in the change process and in their ability to apply this understanding in godly, effective organizational leadership. They will examine the dynamics around conflict and consider ways to turn conflict resolution into a catalyst for organizational health and growth. Prerequisite: CLD 510.
CLD 533 - Mentoring, Team Build, Equipping (3 Credits)
While leading remains a prerequisite to effective oversight of a ministry, equipping, mentoring, and team building are the means by which effective leading occurs. Students will grow in their understanding of equipping, mentoring, and team-building ministry, and develop skills in these areas, with the aim of leaving a strong leadership legacy characterized by the formation of cohesive teams. Prerequisite: CLD 510.
CLD 534 - Vision, Strategic Planning & Organizational Leadership (3 Credits)
This course provides Christian leaders with a biblical perspective on planning within ministry organizations, an understanding of ministry governance models, the skills to develop a shared vision for ministry, and a set of practical planning tools for making progress towards that vision. Prerequisite: CLD 510.
CLD 535 - Cross-Cultural Encounter (1 Credits)
Effective Christian leaders have an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the nature and role of Christian leadership and ministry in multicultural settings. This “school on wheels” provides first-hand exposure to leadership realities encountered in Canadian multicultural settings. Multicultural Leadership Encounter explores various dimensions of leadership (addressed in CLD 510 and 531-534) as they relate to leadership in Canadian multicultural settings. Prerequisite: CLD 510.
CLD 591 - Special Topic (Christian Leadership) (3 Credits)
This course gives the student an opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of Christian Leadership in Ministry. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.