Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
While Canadian culture has changed significantly over the last 40 years, Christian leadership development has failed to keep pace. Today’s leaders must learn to apply the Gospel through their lives and ministries into communities that are undergoing constant change as a result of increasing multiculturalism, religious pluralism, and mounting pressures of social diversity. There is a long line of short-tenured Christian leaders that have previously made attempts at leadership without taking time to understand the benefits of focusing on the key virtues from the life of Christ in order to navigate the complexity of the various systems, structures, and competing values through which they are continually measured. Leadership that continually focuses on the life of Jesus Christ will sustain and enable those who serve to apply the Gospel through their lives and ministries in the growing complexities of Canadian communities.
Section 1 provides an overview of the most recent history of the Canadian Church and Christian leadership development. Section 2 examines the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, through two key biblical passages. These will provide a basis for understanding the implications of the Incarnation for those who serve in Christian leadership. In Section 3, the writings and discoveries of St. Bonaventure are examined as a means to identify and developing a clearer understanding of the role of virtue in the life of a person. The importance of Complex Adaptive Systems in connecting virtue to leadership function is the subject of Section 4. The identification of key transitions from existing leadership practices, reflecting the virtues in the life of Jesus Christ, as identified by Bonaventure, is presented in Section 5.
Persad, Deve, "Down to Earth Leadership: Influencing Communities Through the Virtues of Jesus Christ" (2016). Seminary Doctoral Programs. 137.