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John Oglesby, MA
Associate Professor of Biblical Education and Leadership

Christopher Cone, ThD, PhD, PhD
Research Professor of Biblical Education and Leadership

Cory Trowbridge, MBA
Associate Professor of Biblical Education and Leadership

Ralph Watson
Mentoring Faculty


Designed to challenge graduate students to examine and to apply biblical leadership to all of their processes. Students will learn to evaluate this process from a Biblical viewpoint and to choose Christ-honoring influence processes.

CBU Master of Ed (30 Hours) and Master of Divinity (72 Hours) Program Info

Course Description

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Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus / EDUC5703 Intro to Organizational Leadership


Christopher Cone, Th.D, Ph.D, Ph.D

John Oglesby, MA

Kenneth Cone

Chelle Annette Islas, Ph.D

Ralph Watson, M.A.

Jimmy Odom

Chris Williams, M.Div

Cory Trowbridge, MBA




Dr. Christopher Cone is the professor of record for the course. He serves as President and CEO of AgathonEDU Educational Group. Cone has served as President of Calvary University and as Research Professor of Bible and Theology, in executive and faculty roles at Southern California Seminary as Chief Academic Officer and Research Professor of Bible and Theology, and at Tyndale Theological Seminary as President and Professor of Bible and Theology. He has served in several pastoral roles and has also held teaching positions at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Southern Bible Institute. His articles are published at, and he is the author and general editor of fifteen books.


John Oglesby presently serves as Executive Vice President and professor at Vyrsity with previous experience in administration and academics at Calvary University. John received his BS in Advanced Biblical Studies as well as his MA in Bible and Theology from Calvary University. John has taught classes in Philosophy and Worldview, Theology, and Biblical Studies. His writing can be found at



Designed to challenge graduate students to examine and to apply biblical leadership to all of their processes. Students will learn to evaluate this process from a Biblical viewpoint and to choose Christ-honoring influence processes.



Module 1 – Foundations of Leadership – Dr. Christopher Cone

Carnegie, Part 1-2

Christopher Cone examines foundations for Biblical leadership, exploring various models and making the case for an ideal one.


Module 2 – Case Studies in Leadership – Dr. Christopher Cone

Carnegie, Part 3-4

Christopher Cone explores Biblical and extrabiblical examples of leadership, examining the effectiveness of each, and drawing out practical application for the contemporary learner.


Module 3 – Principles of Civic Leadership – Jimmy Odom

Cone, Chapters 1-5

Jimmy Odom explores various aspects of civic leadership, drawing on his experience and research.


Module 4 – Vision, Mission, and Objective Leadership – Kenneth Cone

Cone, Chapters 6-10

Kenneth Cone examines principles for establishing an organizations vision, mission, and objectives.


Module 5 – People Development – John Oglesby

Cone, Chapters 11-15

John Oglesby explores the purpose, effectiveness, and outcomes of developing people within an organization looking at Biblical examples.


Module 6 – Conflict Competency – Dr. Chelle Annette Islas

Maxwell, Laws 1-6

Chelle Annette Islas presents a model for becoming competent amidst conflict preparing the Learner to approach future conflict with confidence and effectiveness.


Module 7 – Strategic Planning – Dr. Christopher Cone

Maxwell, Laws 7-13

Christopher Cone explores the cycle for excellence, a model of strategic planning.


Module 8 – Financial Management – Cory Trowbridge

Maxwell, Laws 14-21

Cory Trowbridge explores the fundamentals of financial management, looking at both personal and organizational principles.


Module 9 – Ministry Leadership – Chris Williams

Kim and Mauborgne, Blue Ocean Strategy Chs. 1-6

Chris Williams explores unique qualities of leadership within various ministry contexts.


Module 10 – Personal Growth and Discipline – Ralph Watson

Kim and Mauborgne, Blue Ocean Strategy Chs. 7-11

Ralph Watson presents a model of personal growth and discipline established within the Biblical worldview.



Required Texts:

  • All CBU courses use the Bible as a primary textbook. Translations used for coursework include any of the following: NASB, ESV, KJV, and NKJV. Other translations/versions may be used for complementary study and research.
  • Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People(Cornerstone Publishing, 2005), Electronic Version
  • Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, Blue Ocean Strategy (Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2015) $17.89
  • Christopher Cone, Led By a Lion: Principles for Leadership and Their Biblical Roots(Independence: Grace Acres Press, December 2021) $17
  • John Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership(Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007) $15.49







Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

  1. To establish a Biblical model for leadership which can be applied by the Learner in personal and organizational endeavors.
  2. To prepare Learners for leadership within various organizational contexts.
  3. To prepare Learners for organizational leadership in various disciplines such as financial, human resources, and visionary leadership.


Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)


  1. To prepare Learners for roles in transformative education teaching and service.
  2. To provide Learners a foundation for effective individual and organizational leadership in diverse environments.
  3. To ensure Learners demonstrate worldview foundation for empowering people and building communities.
  4. To help Learners formulate a Biblical approach to transformative learning and leadership.


CBU Learning Outcomes (CBULOs)

  1. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Research – Learners will demonstrate ability to think critically, solve problems, and conduct interdisciplinary research at a level appropriate to their program.
  2. Personal Growth – Learners will understand how learning is related to personal growth, and will be challenged to grow in their thinking, communication, conduct, and engagement with others.
  3. Skills Development – Learners will advance in skills related to their area of learning, demonstrating a level of competency appropriate to their program.
  4. Social Responsibility – Learners will appreciate the diversity in and value of others as designed by our Creator, and will grow in willingness and capability to serve others.
  5. Worldview Applications – Learners will become capable at thinking from a worldview perspective and will understand the relationship of description and prescription, so that they can ground their actions in sound principles.


  2. Module Assessments (25 points each x 10) 250 Points
    1. CLO 1 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 1,2
    2. For each module, the student is to prepare a 10-15 minute video in which the student will (1) summarize the content of the module and (2) establish the relevance to leading and organization.
  3. Course Content Assessment             250 Points
    1. CLO 2 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 3,5
    2. At the end of the course, the student will prepare a 10-15 page paper (APA style) in which the student will (1) identify 3-5 various styles of leadership, (2) explain each style of leadership, (3) give both critiques and affirmations from each, and (4) briefly explain and justify their own ideal style of leadership. This paper should be well researched and presented with formal APA formatting.
  4. Reading Content Assessment             250 Points
    1. CLO 1 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 1,2
    2. Each section of reading (according to the above reading schedule) should be accompanied by a 3-5 page summary of the contents.
  5. Competency Assessment –
    1. Interview: Interview an organizational leader establishing their strategies and preferences of leadership. Create a 30-minute video recapping the interview and assessing implications of the other’s views.
    2. Recorded Presentation: Give a 45–60-minute presentation on a topic related to organizational leadership. Each student is to work with their mentoring faculty to establish the ideal topic for them.
      1. CLO 3 / PLO 1,2 / VLO 4,5

                                                                        250 Points


91-100%          A

81-90%            B

71-80%            C

61-70%            D

0-60%              F



Total Hours of Module Content:                    20 hours

Total Hours of Reading Content:                    40 hours

Total Hours of Minor Assessments:               30 hours

Total Hours of Major Assessment:                 30 hours

Total Hours of Competency Assessment:       15 hours

Equivalent of 3 Credit Hour (135 hours of total course time)