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Group and Team Dynamics: Theory and Practice in Leadership
CLED-845

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

This course is a study of group theory and team processes and their application to faith-based organizational leadership. Team dynamics, team development and the role of the team leader are examined.

Requisites

Prerequisites

CLED 800 and 820

Rationale

Leading effective ministry teams has become a foundational competency for leaders in nearly every discipline. In the church or Christian organization, team ministry has never been more urgent and needed. Christian leaders must understand the theory of and develop the skills to execute a team ministry strategy that strengthens each team member’s calling and effectiveness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the nature of group and team dynamics including the roles and functions of team members and the team leader.
  2. Define a biblical and theological basis for group and team ministry relations.
  3. Recognize the nature of group dynamics as they apply to the use of teams in organizational leadership.
  4. Lead in strategic planning in a team environment.
  5. Forecast changes and developments in the ministry environment that will impact team effectiveness. 

Course Resources

Required Resources 

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

Hartwig, Ryan and Warren Bird. 2015. Teams that Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.

Lencioni, Patrick. 2002. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Lencioni, Patrick. 2016. The Ideal Team Player. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

MacMillan, Pat. 2001. The Performance Factor. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman.

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. APA Style Central: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

 

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.

Group Discussion Board Forums (4)

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 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 200 words. Where applicable, the student must cite references in current APA format.

Book Critiques (2)

The student will write a 750–1,000-word book critique in current APA format on the following textbooks:

The Ideal Team Player

Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

Team Dynamics in Ministry Paper – Proposal

The student will present a proposal for the Team Dynamics in Ministry Paper that identifies the specific topic of the paper, a suggested thesis statement for the paper, and at least 10 sources for the paper. The paper must address a topic related to building and leading a team in various ministry environments. This assignment must be in current APA format.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will complete an Annotated Bibliography with at least 20 sources, including at least 5 books, at least 5 articles, and no more than 3 websites, for the Team Dynamics in Ministry Paper. The annotations must demonstrate how the resources are likely to be important to a thorough academic analysis of your topic or the application team dynamics to one’s ministry leadership environment. Each annotation must be 150–200 words and in current APA format. In addition to the annotations, the student must include an introductory paragraph of at least 75 words.

EQ Assessment and Personal Reflection

The student will complete 10 exercises in the assigned chapter on emotional intelligence and then prepare an assessment and personal reflection. The reflection must be at least 1,500 words and follow current APA format.

Team Dynamics in Ministry Paper

The student will write a 4,000–5,000-word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the biblical and theological understanding and practice of team leadership within various ministry environments. The paper must include at least 20 literature citations within the paper (the student must additionally cite at least 2 key biblical texts with accurate exegesis along with applicable principles), and the reference list must include at least 15 sources, including peer reviewed journal articles, scholarly commentaries, and other strong resources. The 15 sources must be in addition to the course textbooks.

Reflection on Course

The student will write a 1,000–1,200-word reflection essay in current APA format. The essay will answer the question “How has this course shaped your thinking in the following areas related to leadership and cultural contextualization: 1) biblical examples of team ministry, 2) group dynamics that affect team performance, and 3) practical applications that will improve your leadership of teams?”

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Group Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Book Critiques (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Team Dynamics in Ministry Paper – Proposal

50

Annotated Bibliography

150

EQ Assessment and Personal Reflection

100

Team Dynamics in Ministry Paper

200

Reflection on Course

100

Total

1010

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.

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.

Grading Scale

A 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.

Schedule

CLED 845

Textbooks: Hartwig & Bird, Teams that Thrive (2015).

Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002).

Lencioni, The Ideal Team Player (2016).

MacMillan, The Performance Factor (2001).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

MacMillan: chs. 1–5

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Group DB Forum 1

10

0

50

2

Lencioni (2016): chs. 1–12

MacMillan: chs. 6–7

2 presentations

Group DB Forum 2

Book Critique 1

50

100

3

Lencioni (2002): chs. 1–4

2 presentations

Group DB Forum 3

Team Dynamics in Ministry Paper – Proposal

50

50

4

MacMillan: chs. 8–9

3 presentations

Group DB Forum 4

Annotated Bibliography

50

150

5

Hartwig & Bird: chs. 1–14

1 presentation

Book Critique 2

100

6

Lencioni (2002): chs. 5–8

MacMillan: chs. 10–12

1 presentation

1 article

EQ Assessment and Personal Reflection

100

7

MacMillan: chs. 13–15

2 presentations

Team Dynamics in Ministry Paper

200

8

1 presentation

Reflection on Course

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each module/week begins Monday morning 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.