*Two-Year Certificate Program (15 credit hours)
The Certificate in Advanced Leadership for Congregations at Booth University College’s School for Continuing Studies is a program designed to strengthen the capacity of Salvation Army personnel serving in corps appointments. Given the complexity in corps ministry units, the program is designed to build upon the previous learning and/or experience and to strengthen skills necessary to succeed. The primary target audiences for the curriculum are:
- Salvation Army Officers in corps appointments;
- Laity serving as pastor in corps appointments, who face the same complexities in corps service, have a previously acquired knowledge and experience comparable to a commissioned officer and whose service to The Salvation Army would be enhanced by participation in this Certificate. The Certificate is not appropriate for lay leaders needing to develop foundational skills for congregational leadership.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR THE ADVANCED LEADERSHIP FOR CONGREGATIONS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
At the conclusion of the Advanced Leadership for Congregations certificate program, the participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate a range of leadership styles in order to effectively guide congregational teams.
- Describe and assess the history, transitions and present dynamic of their congregation and local leadership teams in order to prepare for the development of individuals, groups and the congregation as a whole.
- Develop a plan for managing transitions in congregational leadership teams in order to facilitate the development of new members, and the redeployment of current leaders.
- Demonstrate a greater depth in preaching in order to facilitate individual and congregational maturity.
- Integrate Wesleyan-Salvationist approaches to Scripture in order to align worship with Salvation Army doctrinal and missional distinctives.
- Recognize aspects of diversity within the congregation and community in order to plan contextually appropriate worship.
- Employ a full spectrum of worship styles and experiences in order to facilitate worship for a diverse Christian faith community.
- Identify the underlying issues in various situations in order to formulate and employ a corresponding restoration plan.
- Apply the skills for identifying and resolving conflict in order to prepare for and engage in a restorative process.
- Utilize Salvation Army systems and processes in order to seek and provide appropriate support through difficult periods.
- Engage in a process of theological reflection in order to integrate their “sacred story” into their covenant.
- Express personal barriers or obstacles to being a pastor, as well as favourable pastoral opportunities in order to move past barriers and overcome obstacles, and build on personal pastoral strengths to meet pastoral needs.
Program Requirements FOR THE ADVANCED LEADERSHIP FOR CONGREGATIONS CERTIFICATE
The Certificate in Advanced Leadership for Congregations program consists of four online courses addressing the four primary areas and a capstone course integrating all of the content material. The capstone course is constructed as a series of face-to-face instensive sessions over the two-year period of the certificate program that will engage certificate participants in additional course content focused on the officers’ personal development, and prepare them for presenting a capstone portfolio demonstrating competency in the primary areas. There are a total of 15 credit-hours in this certificate.
CORE COURSES IN THE ADVANCED LEARNERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
MIN 330 Leading the Congregational Team (3 credit hours)
This online leadership course studies leadership styles, group and team dynamics, and development to prepare the congregational leader to plan for and facilitate effective leadership teams.
MIN 350 The Congregation at Worship (3 credit hours)
This online leadership course focuses on developing skills for a congregational leader in the areas of worship planning and preaching to engage and incorporate members from the diverse profiles in a contextually appropriate way.
MIN 370 The Wounded Congregation (3 credit hours)
This online leadership course explores the pastoral relationships and resources for a congregational leader, with a particular focus on building personal resilience in the midst of potentially damaging circumstances involving change, conflict or crisis, to facilitate healing and restoration for individuals and congregation as a whole.
MIN 380 The Congregation in the Community (3 credit hours)
This online leadership course focuses on developing skills of the congregational leader in the area of integrated mission to guide members of the congregation into greater levels of engagement with the community through contextually appropriate programs.
MIN 410 Advanced Leadership for Congregations Certificate Capstone (3 credit hours)
The capstone leadership course will focus on strengthening the corps office in three key areas of personal development: the officer’s spiritual life, pastoral vocation, and effectiveness and balance. The Advanced Leadership for Congregations certificate program culminates in a portfolio project integrating new research with learning from the other four courses, and is developed in coordination with the corps officer’s coach/mentor (a senior officer or area commander) over the duration of the two-year certificate program.