What is your picture of an ideal leader? In this course, Dr. Noel Forlini, a lecturer at Baylor University, guides us on a four-week journey to discover what it means to be a transformed and a transformational leader. Based on the Bible, Leadership Theory combines Scripture passages, personal reflection, and leadership theory along with an online forum, quizzes, discussions, and reading assignments from the  PDF copy of the course textbook, Servant Leadership: A Biblical Study for Becoming a Christlike Leader, by Rhonda H. Kelley.

This course will begin on August 1, 2018.

Leadership Theory  Course Overview Video

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Leadership Theory, in the area of Leadership Foundations, is one of nine courses being offered in CWLC’s Certificate Program. 

The curriculum in the certificate program focuses on three areas of study in three semesters of course work. Participants will take three four-week classes each semester, one from each area.


  • The Biblical and Theological Foundations of Leadership
  • Leadership Theory
  • Women Leaders from the Past



  • Spiritual Formation as a Leader
  • A Sense of Call
  • Missional Living



  • Leader Skills
  • Follower Skills
  • Leading with Integrity



As a Christian leader or as a Christian wanting to develop your leadership skills, you will benefit from this course by gaining an understanding of leadership theory.  In Leadership Theory, we discuss theories on leadership today and how servant leadership poses a countercultural idea. We will focus on knowing ourselves as leaders, potential conflicts involved in leadership, needed boundaries for leaders, and the importance of being a transformed and transformational leader. Our course instructor, Dr. Noel Forlini, will lead us on a journey of self-reflection.


Here is the course outline:

Introduction and Materials

This module gives an overview of leadership theory and its course textbook.

Week One

Jesus modeled servant leadership.

Week Two

Leadership involves knowing one's heart.

Week Three

Leaders experience barriers and set boundaries.

Week Four

Weaknesses may be a leader's strength.


Complete the course and receive your certificate.