Leadership & Culture

Leadership & Culture

Fall 2018

LD250 – Leadership & Culture

Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:30pm

Instructor: Brooks Fuller

Phone: (619)977-8930; brooks@branchcollege.org

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (3PM-6PM)


Our Mission:

The Branch College of Ministry exists to develop, equip, and inspire Christian leaders for excellence in ministry to the church.


Course Description:

Cities across America are becoming more diverse by the day. In the past, missionaries traveled around the globe to reach the very people who now live, work, and raise families right next door. The Christian leader of today needs to be able to lead with cultural intelligence and sensitivity in order to engage our neighbors for Christ.  This course is designed to provide the Christian leader with the knowledge, tools, strategies, and resources needed for effective community engagement and outreach. 


Student Outcomes:

After taking this course students will know or be able to do the following:

1. Gain a biblical understanding of God’s heart for community engagement and reconciliation.

2. Improve cultural competency by leading with cultural intelligence.

3. Map a community and identify resources and avenues for community partnership.

4. Identify persons of influence within communities and build cross-cultural relationships.

5. Develop a plan of action to network and connect with the community.


Program Learning Outcomes

This course, when combined with other courses, fulfills the Program Learning Outcome 5:

5. Effectively lead in a church or non-profit organization.


Institutional Learning Outcomes

This course, when combined with other courses, fulfills the Institutional Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

1. Demonstrate clear, effective communication of significant material.

2. Conduct competent academic research within a given discipline or field.

3. Utilize critical thinking skills to both evaluate concepts and implement practical solutions in various contexts.

4. Possess the knowledge and skill required to succeed in leadership roles and in service to the community. 

5. Integrate the character of Christ into ministry, vocational, and professional settings.


Required Textbooks:


Fuder, John. Neighborhood Mapping: How to Make Your Church Invaluable to the Community. Chicago,

IL: Moody Publishers, 2014.


Gordon, Wayne and John M. Perkins. Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian

Community Development. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2013.


Suggested Secondary Texts:

Branson, Mark and Juan F Martinez. Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of

Congregations and Ethnicities. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.


Eichler, Michael P. Consensus Organizing: Building Communities of Mutual Self Interest. Thousand

Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., 2007.


Hofstede, Gert Jan, Paul B. Pedersen, Geert Hofstede. Exploring Culture: Exercises, Stories and Synthetic

Cultures. Boston, MA: Intercultural Press, 2002.


Leong, David P. Race & Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation. Downers

Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2017.


Livermore, David. Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success. New York:

AMACOM, 2015.


Terrell, Raymond D, Elosie K. Terrell, Randall B. Lindsey, and Delores B. Lindsey. Culturally Proficient

Leadership: The Personal Journey Begins Within: 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2018.


Course Requirements:

A.  Attendance (10%):  Students will be given credit for coming to class and penalized for missing class. You are expected to come prepared to participate in an informed manner. 


B. Reading/Book Review (15%): Students will be required to read the assigned reading and write a 3-4 page book review. The book review must be written according to Turabian standards and include all the required elements detailed in the rubric. See rubric below.


C. Final Paper (50%): Students will be required to work in groups and turn in one 25-30 page paper that covers the mapping of your neighborhood, ethnographies, and an action plan for engagement. 

·         Mapping Your Neighborhood (20%): Students will work in groups to map their assigned neighborhood following the steps provided by the professor.  Students will be required to write 1-2 pages per step.

·         Interviews and Ethnographies (15%):  Groups must interview at least 10 people from the assigned neighborhood with the framework provided by the professor.  After completing the interviews, students will be required to identify 3 persons of influence and do a 3 page ethnography on each individual.  The interviews are designed to give the student a better understanding of what’s going on in the neighborhood and who is making the biggest impact.

·         Action Plan (15%): After learning about the assigned neighborhood through mapping and interviewing the community, students will be required to create an action plan to minister to the neighborhood. Each group will be required to provide a strategy that identifies the ways the group would engage the neighborhood. Students will be required to write an 8-10 page paper that summarizes the needs of the community (identify 3), the opportunities for engagement (select 1), and the strategy to tackle the issues.


D. Final Presentation (25%): Students will be required to present their findings to the class in a 25-30 minute presentation that covers the mapping, interviews/ethnographies, and action plan for community engagement.



Value of Assignments                                        Grading Scale

    A.  Attendance                      10%                 96-100      A         77-79    C+      60-62         D-

    B.  Reading/Book Review    15%                 92-95        A-        73-76    C        below 60    F

    C.  Final Paper                      50%                 88-91        B+       70-72    C-

    D.  Presentation                     25%                84-87         B         67-69    D+

                                                                          80-83         B-        63-66    D


Class Schedule:

Class #


Assignment Due


Class 1


Review Syllabus, Leading with Cultural Intelligence, Desire and Awareness for Cultural Intelligence


Fuder, 7-33


Class 2


God’s Heart for Community Engagement


Fuder, 35-59


Class 3


Primer on Building Cultural Knowledge


Fuder, 61-83

Class 4


Mapping Your Neighborhood Part 1: History, Growth Patterns, and Consensus Data



Fuder, 85-102 Gordon, 15-45

Class 5


Mapping Your Neighborhood Part 2: City Design, Traffic Flow, News Spread


Fuder Book Review


Gordon, 46-74


Class 6


Mapping Your Neighborhood Part 3: Power Centers, Churches, and Nonprofits



Gordon, 101-119

Class 7


Mapping Your Neighborhood Part 4: Listen to the Community, Persons of Influence



Gordon, 75-83

Work on Interviews

Class 8


Mapping Your Neighborhood Part 5: Surveys and Ethnographies, Relationships with people in and outside the neighborhood



Gordon, 84-100

Work on Interviews

Class 9


Building an Action Plan Part 1: Community Engagement with John Hughes



Gordon, 120-136

Class 10


Building an Action Plan Part 2: The 3 R’s, Leadership Development



Gordon, 137-162

Class 11


Building an Action Plan Part 3: Church-Based Development, Wholistic Approach, Empowerment


Gordon and Perkins

Book Review



Class 12


 Final Presentation

Final Paper and Presentation Due





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