Christian Public Leader (CPL)

Take part in God's work with ministry partners

Christian Public Leader is a short-term, part-time contextual education placement. This program explores Christian public leadership by attending to leadership in the midst of particular communities and their distinct contextual realities. In this course students will expand their leadership capacity by leading and being in dialogue with a particular congregation or faith-based nonprofit.

With a particular ministry context as their primary conversation partner, students will critically reflect on themselves as leaders, discover the communal nature of leadership and develop their own leadership practices. Throughout the semester, students will develop learning goals, achieve those goals through participation in the life of the particular community and assess their progress at the conclusion of the course. Particular attention will be paid to praxis, contextualization, integrative approaches to ministry and competencies in their program degree outcomes.

Who participates in CPL?

FE 0521 - FE 0524 Christian Public Leader (0.5-credit course) is required for four consecutive semesters for M.A. and M.Div. students with Leadership concentrations (Children Youth and Family, Congregational and Community Care, or Congregational Mission and Leadership).

All other M.A. and M.Div. students may take FE 0521 - FE 0524 as an elective course. Students should consult with their judicatory body (i.e., their candidacy committee) to determine contextual requirements.

Each section of Christian Public Leader will focus on a particular topic.

  • FE 0521’s focus is: “Who am I as a leader in community? How do I assimilate as a leader in that community?” The format for this course will be monthly class sessions accompanied by precept groups led by ministry practitioners.
  • FE 0522’s focus is on “the act of leading and finding one’s voice in Christian public leadership.” The format for this course will be monthly class sessions accompanied by precept groups led by ministry practitioners.
  • FE 0523’s focus is on “developing practical wisdom as a Christian public leader.” The format for this course will be weekly precept groups led by ministry practitioners putting readings, ministry case studies, and one’s own experience into conversation.
  • FE 0524’s focus is on “becoming a lifelong learner (or, ‘I don’t know what I don’t know’).” The format for this course will be weekly precept groups led by ministry practitioners putting readings, ministry case studies, and one’s own experience into conversation.

How do I learn more about CPL?

  • Mentors: Visit the For Mentors page for details; please check with Contextual Learning for information about this semester’s placement process (contextuallearning@luthersem.edu).
  • Students: Visit the For Students page for details; please check with Contextual Learning and/or review your FE 0521 - FE 0524 coursepage for this semester’s placement process.