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Chaplain Leadership for Religious Freedom
CHPL-640

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/30/2020

Contact Information

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Course Description

This course is a comprehensive study of chaplain leadership as it pertains to providing for the free exercise of religion and defending that constitutional liberty. This study will evaluate the chaplain's calling to servant leadership, examine biblical models of servant leadership, discern the internal and external dangers of chaplain leadership, and explore the unique opportunities and challenges chaplains face while seeking to provide spiritual ministry in secular and pluralistic settings. Special attention will be given to the spiritual leadership traits necessary for successful chaplain ministry. On Campus Intensive Only.

Requisites

Prerequisites

CHPL 500 and 598

Rationale

The chaplaincy places ministers in secular and pluralistic settings where they are expected to lead spiritually, while navigating structures and cultures vastly different from traditional church and Christian ministry settings. In order to prepare the student for this role, he/she must understand the biblical nature of servant leadership and how to apply that leadership in secular and pluralistic environments in which he/she is called to minister.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze biblical servant leadership models and traits necessary for successful chaplain ministry.
  2. Articulate the structures and cultures to which chaplains are called to be spiritual leaders within the military, healthcare, or community chaplaincies.
  3. Analyze the leadership role of a chaplain within a particular context.
  4. Evaluate the depth and breadth of influence of the chaplain servant leader within a particular context.
  5. Evaluate the external and internal dangers to the chaplain leader within the military, healthcare, or community environments.
  6. Demonstrate the spiritual leadership traits necessary for success in military, healthcare, or community chaplaincy settings.
  7. Create a biblical chaplain servant leadership plan focused on military, healthcare, or community settings.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Blackaby, Henry, and Richard Blackaby. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to Gods Agenda. Rev. ed. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2011.

Carson, D. A. A Model of Christian Maturity. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company, 2007.

MacArthur, J. The Book on Leadership. Thomas Nelson, 2004. ISBN: 9780785288381.

Robinson, A. B. and Robert Wall. Called to Lead. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012.

Tripp, Paul D. Dangerous Calling. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012.

Winseman, Albert, Clifton, and Curt Liesveld. Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community (expanded and updated, includes the Strength Finder Test), 2004.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. John W. Rawlings School of Divinity: Turabian-Based Writing Guide

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 450 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Book Review

The student will complete a practical Book Review on 1 of 2 provided texts. The Book Review must be at least 800 words, focusing on the author’s approach in describing and defining Christian leadership and the task of a Christian leader. Citations must be in current Turabian format. (MLO: A, C, D)

Critical Concerns Paper – Bibliography

The student will submit a title and bibliography page of at least 6 sources, published within the last 5 years, in current Turabian format. At least 2 of the sources must be from professional journals. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, G)

Personal Leadership Presentation

The student will develop a PowerPoint presentation of 15–18 slides on his/her personal leadership style. The presentation will assess various areas of the student’s personal leadership style and growth. The presentation must include a minimum of 5 current sources, published within the last 10 years, in current Turabian format. (MLO: E, F)

Philosophy of Ministry Paper

The student will write a paper of 1,800–2,400 words in current Turabian format that focuses on the student’s philosophy of ministry. The paper must include at least 8 references, published within the last 5 years, in addition to the course textbooks. (MLO: A, C, G)

Religious Liberty Paper

The student will write a 900–1,500-word paper in current Turabian format that focuses on how religious liberty affects chaplaincy and its work in the future. The paper must include at least 5 references, published within the last 5 years, in addition to the course textbooks. (MLO: H) Critical Concerns Paper

The student will present a thorough investigation of a particular critical concern in leadership and religious liberty. The paper must include a description of the issue, an identification of why it is a concern for the chaplain, a theological presentation of the issue, and a theoretical discussion of the concern. In addition, the paper must contain an application of the information in order to enhance personal and professional readiness to minister to those affected by the concern in the student’s chosen field of chaplaincy. The paper must be 3,600–4,500 words, not including the cover and reference pages. The paper must also include a minimum of 10 sources, published within the last 5 years, in current Turabian format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, G

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (3 at 100 pts ea)

300

Book Review

100

Critical Concerns Paper – Bibliography

50

Personal Leadership Presentation

150

Philosophy of Ministry Paper

150

Religious Liberty Paper

100

Critical Concerns Paper

150

Total

1010

Course Policies

Style Guidelines

All assignments for this course are to be formatted in accordance with the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity: Turabian-Based Writing Guide and the latest edition of the Turabian style manual (A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations). Discussion assignments and essay examinations may use the parenthetical citation style. All other written assignments should use the footnote citation style. Supplemental writing aids are available via the Online Writing Center.

Extra Credit

No additional “for credit” assignments will be permitted beyond those given in the course requirements stated above.

Course Changes

Course requirements are subject to change by the administration of the University at any time with appropriate notice.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

 

CHPL 640

Textbooks: Blackaby & Blackaby, Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda (2011).

Carson, Model of Christian Maturity (2007).

MacArthur, The Book on Leadership (2004).

Robinson & Wall, Called to Lead (2012).

Tripp, Dangerous Calling (2012).

Winseman, et al., Living Your Strengths (2004).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Blackaby & Blackaby: entire book

1 presentation

1 video

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1 – Thread

10

0

*

2

Book Review choice: entire book

2 presentations

DB Forum 1 – Replies

Book Review

Critical Concerns Paper – Bibliography

100

100

50

3

Tripp: part 1

2 presentations

DB Forum 2 – Thread

*

4

Winseman et al.: chs. 1–2, 4–5

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 – Replies

Personal Leadership Presentation

100

150

5

Carson: entire book

2 presentations

Philosophy of Ministry Paper

150

6

MacArthur: parts 1–2

2 presentations

1 video

Religious Liberty Paper

100

7

MacArthur: parts 3–4

1 presentation

Critical Concerns Paper

150

8

Robinson & Wall: entire book

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 – Thread and Replies

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

*Grades for each Discussion Board Forum thread will be assigned after the submission of replies for that forum.

 

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.