MLDR (Ministry Leadership)

MLDR (Ministry Leadership)

MLDR 510 Missional Ecclesiology
3 hours. The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of the work of God in the world by examining a missional ecclesiology that is biblical, historical, contextual, eschatological, and that can be translated into practice. Attention is given to the expansion of the gospel as it relates to culture. What is the church? What is the church for? What is our role in relationship to the church? These three questions provide the framework for this course. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

MLDR 516 Mission, Church, and Society
2 hours. Explores the work of God in the world by examining a missional ecclesiology that is biblical, historical, contextual, eschatological, and can be translated into practice. Attention is given to the gospel as it relates to culture. What is the church? What is the church for? What is our role in relationship to the church? These questions provide the framework for the course.

MLDR 517 Transformation in Cultures and Systems
2 hours. Designed to assist leaders and their communities in understanding and engaging in faithful transformation of the cultures, systems, and structures of their context. The course follows a practical theological approach, engaging in description, theological evaluation, and transformational practice while drawing insights from various disciplines to help discern effective and faithful change.

MLDR 518 Theories and Praxis of Missional Leadership
2 hours. Studies the biblical, historical, and cultural approaches to leadership. The qualities and skills of the missional leader are discussed with particular emphases on the leader's global view of Christianity, the leader's creative and entrepreneurial development, and his or her stewardship of gifts and responsibility.

MLDR 519 Personal Transformation
2 hours. Focuses on the deep, spiritual change of a leader. The scriptural, historical, developmental, and biological nature of personal transformation is explored. Special attention is given to personal transformation as a whole-body experience and to the leader's role in creating an environment that maximizes the conditions for personal transformation.

MLDR 520 Indigenous Leadership Development
3 hours. This course will engage the student in a variety of discussions on leadership in the family, community, Indigenous church, and wider society. Special emphasis will be on exploring the praxis of decolonization and the growing edge of re-traditionalization as a means of understanding contemporary Indigenous leadership models used in each of these social contexts. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

MLDR 531 Reconciliation and Community Engagement I
2 hours. Part I of a course that examines the ways and means of carrying out the biblical mandate that all who are reconciled to God through Christ are to become agents of that reconciliation in the world. Special consideration will be given to community engagement, topics of special interest to students, and promoting the reconciliation and equality of men and women and racial/ethnic groups. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 531 and MLDR 532 in direct sequence.)

MLDR 532 Reconciliation and Community Engagement II
2 hours.  Part II of a course that examines the ways and means of carrying out the biblical mandate that all who are reconciled to God through Christ are to become agents of that reconciliation in the world. Special consideration will be given to community engagement, topics of special interest to students, and promoting the reconciliation and equality of men and women and racial/ethnic groups. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 531 and MLDR 532, in direct sequence.)

MLDR 540 Culture & Systems Change
3 hours. The experience of Christianity has often been culturally disastrous for Indigenous peoples. Through the process of decolonization and indigenization this course will examine how Indigenous people live a biblically informed Christian faith in the context of Indigenous cultures. Perceptions from various disciplines will be sifted for insights to inform followers of the Jesus Way toward constructive action as change agents. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

MLDR 544 Cultural Anthropology
3 hours. In this course, participants explore a variety of historical anthropological theories. Trajectories in the study of anthropology have been helpful and hurtful, particularly to Indigenous people globally. The course will explore anthropology as a discipline, and invite other worldviews to contribute to the shaping of anthropological theory and practice for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

MLDR 548 Ethics in Intercultural Context
3 hours. An intercultural, contextual introduction to central issues in Christian ethics and moral theology, with attention to the way in which moral reflection interacts with philosophy and culture. The course explores biblical-theological foundations for ethics, the role of scripture and Jesus example in ethical formulation; and deals with major contemporary topics including gender, sexuality, marriage, euthanasia, war, bioethics, wealth and poverty. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

MLDR 555 Seminar in Ministry Leadership I
2 hours. A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 555 and MLDR 565.)

MLDR 558 Advanced Leadership Studies I
2 hours. Part I of a course on advanced leadership which operationalizes the aspects of servant leadership theory. The first section will cover theory and tools for developing influence as a leader and working with a team to accomplish the vision and mission of the organization. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 558 and MLDR 559.)

MLDR 559 Advanced Leadership Studies II
2 hours.  Part II of a course on advanced leadership that will focus on influencing for positive systemic change in a group and elevates the character of individuals. Transformational leadership model is operationalized in this course by focusing on systems for managing self, others, programs, boards, finances, and communications. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 558 and MLDR 559.)

MLDR 561/562 Special Topics: Indigenous Symposium Seminar
Two 1-hour courses. Annually, the NAIITS learning community comes together in its symposium to explore topics of interest to the wider Indigenous community. Each student will be expected to participate in at least two (2) symposiums and undertake collateral reading and assignments as directed by the faculty, in order to integrate the symposium topics into their program of study. This course series is for students in the MAIS degree.

MLDR 565 Seminar in Ministry Leadership II
2 hours. A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 555 and MLDR 565.)

MLDR 568 Specialized Apprenticeship I
2-4 hours. Part I of a unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 568 and MLDR 569.)

MLDR 569 Specialized Apprenticeship II
2 hours.  Part II of a unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty  who facilitate processes of integration. Prerequisite: MLDR 568 (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 568 and MLDR 569.)

MLDR 575 Community Field Placement
3 hours. The student will work in a community agency or non-profit organization as a field placement, selected jointly with their supervisor. This should be a setting focused on community transformative development where possible, from a primarily asset-framed perspective. The placement will be chosen so as to provide the optimum contributory learning experience. This course is for students in the MAIS degree.

MLDR 595 Special Study in Ministry Leadership
1-3 hours. This course is designed to give a student an opportunity to customize his or her learning experience. A course facilitator will provide the format and structure for choosing the topic, gathering information and doing the study and work, and presenting the learnings in a written, artistic, or technological form.