Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours

17) VSM PM208 Character Formation, Authority & Governance: 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles
                                                                                                                                                                                     3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course is to examine the leadership models found in the histories of Israel thereby gaining insights for governance in contemporary applications.

Learning Outcomes
The course will enable the student to:
1. Study and exegete selected passages in Israel’s histories
2. Draw correlations between God’s rule for governance as found in the Law and successful leadership in Ancient Israel
3. Define leadership and governance styles and principles
4. Study African challenges to Biblical leadership and governance
5. Apply Biblical guidelines for leadership to current context

Course Content
Study the leadership patterns in 1 & 2 Samuel, Kings, & Chronicles and compare to the Mosaic Law and Jesus’ leadership style. Analyze patterns and styles of leadership in Africa, both in the political sphere as well as the church. Examine the values, philosophy of ministry, decision-making process, models, character building, finishing well, and creating a Godly legacy.

DaMarco, Frank, The Making of a Leader. Portland:
Gichere, Peter I. and Diane Stinton, Religion and Politics in Africa. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2008.
Tarimo, Aquilin & Paulin Manwel, African Peacemaking and Governance. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2007.
Willard, Dallas and Don Simpson, Revolution of Character. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2005.