Organizational Leadership

In these times of rapid cultural and economic change, effective organizational leaders must be able to maintain focus on the mission. They must focus the attention of varied stakeholders on a common vision, mobilize people in pursuit of that vision, and facilitate the execution of strategies that accomplish the mission. The program is designed as a graduate-level concentration that can be welded to a variety of core degree programs.
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Program Description

In these times of rapid cultural and economic change, effective organizational leaders must be able to maintain focus on the mission.  They must focus the attention of varied stakeholders on a common vision, mobilize people in pursuit of that vision, and facilitate the execution of strategies that accomplish the mission. This is a tall order. It requires extraordinary leadership. The purpose of PER’s organizational leadership program is to provide a high quality educational experience for graduate level students interested in enhancing their ability to provide excellent leadership that mobilizes an organizational team and equips them to accomplish the mission for which the organization exists.

Integrated Experience-Based Approach

Most of our Organizational Leadership students are already working in a professional leadership role in a ministry organization, a nonprofit organization or in a professional business context.  The balance, typically younger students that have just completed their undergraduate degree, leverage an internship as the context for their learning. We’ve carefully curated the program and course learning objectives of the Organizational Leadership track to engage the range of soft skills (personal leadership, mission-driven leadership, strategic thinking and team development) and hard skills (governance, finance, risk management) that are the fabric of organizational leadership in any context.  The program is designed to develop measurable competency in each skill set.  Using our proprietary experience-based framework approach, we custom-blend each student’s learning inputs, processing challenges and project-oriented deliverables to leverage their professional role as the primary learning context... and beneficiary.  The learning process intentionally engages the student’s work role, providing deeper focus rather than becoming a competitive distraction. How does that work?  Talk to one of our program specialists for further detail.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the Organizational Leadership program, students will minister effectively within any professional ministry or leadership environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:

  1. Exercise of leadership that encourages and facilitates collaborative learning at all levels of the organization.
  2. Application of a solid understanding of organizations that creates and maintains a productive community of learners.
  3. Development of comprehensive organizational strategies using skills in evaluation, adaptation and integration of new and existing strategies for efficient and effective pursuit of organizational goals.
  4. Recruitment, development, and mobilization, of employees and volunteers as effective teams.
  5. Coordination of board and administrative team activities for creation and maintenance of maximum organizational productivity.
  6. Effective and prudent planning and oversight of all financial aspects of a non-profit organization.
  7. Development and management of a comprehensive, responsible risk management policy.

Courses of Study (15-18 Credits)

Organizational Leadership (up to 18 credits)

The discipline of leadership synthesizes the mission of an organization within its practical realities. Effective leadership understands the confluence of philosophy and practice. This track of courses is designed to engage that dynamic, with a balanced dose of organizational philosophy and practical skill development.

  • Leading in Active Learning Environments (3 credits)
  • Organizations as Learning Communities (3 credits)
  • Strategic Thinking (3 credits)
  • Developing Dynamic Teams (3 credits)
  • Governance & Administration of Non-Profit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Financial Management of Non-Profit Organizations (3 credits)
  • Risk Management of Non-Profit Organizations (3 credits)
Add-On Courses

Some partner school program cores provide flex options that may allow additional experience-based PER courses that fill requirements… and most students opt in to as many of our integrated experience-based courses over the traditional online/distance alternatives, when possible.  The following are additional courses we provide that may do so.  Check with your school to see whether this is an option for you.

  • An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship (3 credits)

 

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