Leadership in the New Testament: A Case Study
|This course will explore the writings about Jesus and the letters of Paul as models for the theology and practices of leadership in earliest Christian communities. The case study method will be introduced as a means of biblical interpretation for ministry as well as a way of mining the gospel tradition and Paul’s letters for understanding the role of leaders in these ancient faith communities. How these learnings inform the practice of leadership and ministry today constitutes a major focus of the course.
Day, Time and Dates:
D.Min. Schedule – Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 25, February 15, March 8, April 5, and April 26
Professor of New Testament
the end of this course the student will have:
how to use the case study method for teaching biblical studies in
issues of leadership and ministry in Jesus and the Gospels and
Paul and his Letters.
lessons from ancient Christian practices of leadership to the
needs of ministry and service today.
and participation in all sessions is required. Because this course is intensive, interactive and meets
only five times for full-day sessions, one absence will impact
final grade. More
than one absence will constitute course withdrawal.
Agosto, Jesus and Paul: Models of Leadership in the New Testament,
Selected chapters in draft form (to be distributed in class).
Bartlett, Ministry in the New Testament (Minneapolis: Fortress
Blomberg, “Implications of Globalization for Biblical
Understanding,” in Alice Frazer Evans, Robert A. Evans, and David A.
Roozen, eds., The
Globalization of Theological Education (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis
Books, 1993), 213-246. [On Reserve]
Howard-Brook and Sharon H. Ringe, The New Testament: Introducing
the Way of Discipleship (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002).
H. Mahan, Barbara B. Troxell, and Carol J. Allen, Shared Wisdom: A
Guide to Case Study Reflection in Ministry (Nashville: Abingdon
in course notebook.
recommended as a guide for writing and studying cases in ministry:
Harry S. Wilson, Pastoral Theology from a Global Perspective
(Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1996).
on reserve: Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr., Gospel Parallels: A
Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels (Nashville: Thomas Nelson,
1992), for those who prepare a Gospel case study to compare and
contrast various versions of a Gospel pericope.
student will write and present one case study, including
teaching notes, either on a Gospel story having to do with
leadership or an incident in one of the Letters of Paul.
Students will use readings in Gospels, Paul, and the
textbooks to determine which Gospel pericope or epistle passage
they will recreate as a case study in an issue of religious
course notebook also provides a list of options based on Agosto,
Jesus and Paul: Leadership in Ministry.
addition, each student will serve, at least once, as a scribe
for a case study presentation and an evaluator of a case study
teaching experience. The
scribe is responsible for taking notes on newsprint provided
during each presentation and for submitting a typed version of
the notes at the next class session.
The evaluator fills out an evaluation sheet provided for
each case study, makes the initial response, leads the
subsequent discussion and submits written evaluation comments at
the next class session.
the end of the class (April 26), each student will submit a
revised version of their written case study and teaching notes,
based on feedback from the professor, the evaluator and fellow
students at the end of their teaching session, as well as the
written evaluation submitted subsequently.
weeks later (May 10), the student will submit (to the
professor’s office via email, regular mail or personal
delivery), a 12-page essay stating the historical and exegetical
background, and theological implications for the passage they
studied in their case study.
This paper will integrate their understanding of the
passage with the rest of the New Testament document (Gospel or
Pauline Letter) in which the passage is found, modern
interpretations of the passage, and the student’s own
understanding of how this passage might apply to issues of
leadership in ministry in our own day and age.
Introduction to Course; Case Study Method; Studying
Leadership in the New Testament.
presenters: Alice Frazer Evans and Robert Evans, Co-directors,
Plowshares Institute; Founding Directors, Case Teaching Institute
Shared Wisdom, 11-32; Ministry in the New Testament,
1-22; Case Study: “Lobola
for a Dead Woman;” Handout: “Problem-Posing Case Studies and How
to Study Them.”
Leadership in the Gospels:
According to Mark and Matthew
Shared Wisdom, 33-60, 115-128; Ministry, 58-88;
New Testament, 16-61; Agosto, Chapter Two; The Gospels of
Matthew and Mark.
Case Studies in Mark and Matthew
Leadership in the Gospels: According
to Luke and John
Sharing Wisdom, 61-89; Ministry, 89-149; New
Testament, 62-102; Agosto, Chapter Three; The Gospels of Luke
Case Studies in Luke and John
Leadership in Paul: His
Churches & Leaders
Shared Wisdom, 91-103; Ministry, 23-57; New
Chapters Four & Five; 1 Thessalonians, 1-2 Corinthians,
Galatians, Romans, Philippians, Philemon.
Case Studies on Paul, his churches and his leaders
Leadership & the Post-Pauline Experience
of Course: New Testament Leadership Today
Shared Wisdom, 105-114; Ministry, 150-200; New
Testament, 148-167; 1-2 Timothy, Titus; Blomberg, 213-246; Case:
“Pray for a Miracle.”
Final Case Studies on Paul and the Pastoral Epistles
Final Version of Case Studies and Teaching Notes
Final Paper Due by 5PM in Professor’s office (by mail, email