A Masters Degree in Faith Based Leadership and

A Masters Degree in Faith Based
Leadership and Management
Dr James Conner University of Otago
Dr Greg Coyle The Salvation Army
Why us?
• The development and promotion of the new degree is a
collaboration between The Salvation Army, World Vision and
the University of Otago.
Memoranda of
Four Good Reasons Why We Need a
MFBL&M Degree
1. Large faith/values based organisations hold very large
contract volumes with govt. and others. The contracting and
service environment carries huge risk and high expectations.
We need a missional approach which also delivers effective
services and sound financial management. We need CE’s and
DCE’s who can manage the tension between delivering
missional outcomes in a large and uncertain contracting
environment and ensuring the organisation stays true to
itself and does not go broke.
Four Good Reasons Why We Need a
MFBL&M Degree
Our recruiting of senior executives is usually not
internal career development but drawn from
business, Local or Central Govt. People with MBA’s have
been bought up on profit and shareholder return or
people with MPP’s and MPA’s come from policy shops
focused on programme development in government
departments and giving Ministers advice. We end up
hiring senior people to manage our services who do not
have a theology or missional underpinning or who don’t
know our business very well.
Four Good Reasons Why We Need a
MFBL&M Degree
Leaders who have grown up in faith based organisations
often have well developed missional backgrounds but
little education in leadership and management. We ask
them to shift from being effective pastoral leaders into
managing small and then bigger service delivery arms
without any effective management or leadership
education. This is a capacity problem for the whole
missional/values based service sector.
Four Good Reasons Why We Need a
MFBL&M Degree
There is nothing in our current tertiary education
framework offerings which delivers a masters
degree level qualification focussing on missional,
leadership and business outcomes at CE and DCE level.
The UNITEC PgDip in NGO Management is an excellent
generalist NGO sector programme however it is not
theologically based and not pitched at senior executive
career development level.
Aims of The Degree
• To ensure that the values, faith and spiritual mission of the
organisations are advanced.
• To lead new vision and ways of thinking about how services
can be delivered in a social justice, faith, values and spiritual
• To developing a new type of social leadership and
management which can inspire the delivery of values, faith
and spiritual based services outside the profit and share-value
Aims of The Degree
• To navigate tension between mission-based services and
required contract outcomes and political imperatives.
(Criticising govt. and also trying to partner with govt)
• To understand government processes and administration and
how missional faith, values and spiritual based organisation
can add public value and benefit.
• To provide a recognised and respected degree that will
become a standard in the employment market by which new
CE’s and DCE’s can be educated and measured.
Graduates with the MFBL&M will be
able to :
• Understand leadership and mentoring of theology, spirituality and beliefs
within the organisation e.g. Church, community service, Iwi or aid
• Demonstrate leadership in the qualities of compassion, caring and
empathy for the clients within the social, health community and
international development sectors while achieving contracted outcomes.
• Lead the organisation to know and respect the statutory and regulatory
environment in with the service environment, e.g. solvency, HR, health
and safety, contracting, procurement.
• .
Graduates with the MFBL&M will be
able to :
• Develop and execute high level strategies which are effective
in achieving the mission of the organisation.
• Influence the governance and management of the
organisation in the missional (not-for-profit) environment
• Oversee exemplary budgetary management and good
stewardship of the entrusted resources of the organisation
e.g. capital management, financial control, employment ,
Information Technology
Graduates with the MFBL&M will be
able to :
• Develop the organisation’s workforce and professional
development and manage the resources of the organisation
to achieve this development.
• Lead the organisation through the use of evidence based
research and policy development and evaluation.
• Align the mission lf the organisation with the principles of the
Treaty of Waitangi and lead engagement and mission with and
between New Zealand Iwi, Hapū and Whānau.
How Would this Be Delivered?
• Delivered by theTheology Department and the School of
Business, University of Otago
Distance learning and on-line study
Available in other countries
Part-time study over 2 years or more.
Block course delivery.
Group cohorts and study groups.
A research component.
Compulsory streams and elective offerings.
Study, assessments and research contextualised to student’s area of work.
• We are currently developing a CUAP proposal to the ViceChancellors Committee to be presented in 2015.
Who Would Want to Do this Masters?
• Current department heads and emerging leaders in large faith
based organisations.
• Developing leaders in values based organisations delivering
services in the welfare, health, human rights, education,
youth, environment, women, ethnicity, international
development areas
• Iwi organisations involved in the delivery of government
funded welfare, health and educational services
• Leaders and decision-makers looking for new models of
Who Would Want to Do this Masters?
• People who have Batchelor’s Degrees or equivalent
experience who currently work in government departments
or the private sector but wish to gain a qualification to enable
them move over into senior non-government and faith based
leadership and management positions.
• People already in the NGO sector.
• As delivery will be flexibly and much of it on-line, we believe
this degree will be attractive to applicants from UK, Australia,
United States, Canada, Nordic, Commonwealth, OECD and
developing countries.
Come with us on this journey !
Inquiries during this early development
phase can be directed to:
Dr. James Conner
Senior Enterprise Manager - Government Sector
Research & Enterprise, University of Otago
04 460 9808
Mobile 021 241 8011
[email protected]

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