This course deals with the principles of Christian leadership and service. Topics include leadership foundations and skills, challenges facing leaders and case studies of great leaders of the Bible and secular history. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the qualities of a servant leader in a variety of settings.


Welcome to THL 226. This course will introduce you to the major issues surrounding the topic of Leadership in the Christian arena. You will explore the history of leadership, major elements of successful leadership, leadership pitfalls, and keys to leading different groups.

There are no Prerequisites or Corequisites for this course.

Winnail, Scott D.

Executive Vice President and Dean of Faculty
Full Time
B.S. Ed. (1992), University of Georgia; M.S.P.H. (1994), University of South Carolina; Ph.D. (1998), University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Subject Matter: 
Health, Theology

Dr. Scott Winnail has taught in the university classroom since 1995. To Living University he brings teaching and committee experience, curriculum development, academic advising, professional writing and grants and contract work. Prior to working for Living University, Dr. Winnail served as a faculty member at the University of Wyoming in the area of Health Education and Public Health (1998-2005, tenured). His areas of research and publication have included: school health and coordinated school health programs, community development, community-based needs assessment, program evaluation, physical activity and nutrition, and parental involvement. Additionally, Dr. Winnail worked closely with State Departments of Health and Education, many other state health organizations in Wyoming, Alabama, and South Carolina. He was also very active in school health initiatives at the national level.

Dr. Winnail served as an unpaid elder for the Living Church of God in Wyoming and Colorado from 2000-2005. He then served as an employee for the Department of Church Administration for the Living Church of God headquarters in Charlotte, NC from 2005-2006. From 2006-2009 Dr. Winnail pastored congregations along the gulf coast of the southern US and served as an assistant pastor in Jamaica. He began serving as adjunct faculty for Living University in Fall 2008.

Dr. Winnail returned to Charlotte in 2009 to commence full-time service to Living University and for the first 3.5 years also served as a Regional Director for the Living Church of God congregations in the Caribbean. Dr. Winnail currently serves in both administrative and teaching roles for Living University and directs the on-campus program. He contributes regularly to Living Church of God publications and web productions and also serves in the Charlotte, NC congregation of the Living Church of God.

Course Credit: 
Three (3) semester hours
Instructional Objectives: 

Upon completion of course, a student should be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of leadership and discuss historical examples of how leaders have been prepared and trained.
  2. List important qualities of leaders.
  3. Describe various concepts and styles of leadership.
  4. Explain how to develop people and build teams.
  5. List the qualities of courageous followers.
  6. Discuss principles for dealing with volunteers.
  7. Describe how to develop and exercise leadership in a family context.
Required Texts: 

Required textbooks for this course are:

  • The Holy Bible
  • Bethel, S. M. (1990 or 1992). Making a Difference: Twelve Qualities That Make You a Leader.
  • Youssef, M. (1986). The Leadership Style of Jesus.
  • Lockyer, H. (1988). All the Men of the Bible.
  • Lockyer, H. (1988). All the Women of the Bible

This course includes lectures placed in lessons.

Course Calendar: 
week Topics
1 The Importance of Leaders
2 Preparing Leaders: An Historical Perspective
3 Qualities of Leaders
4 Concepts of Leadership
5 Secrets of Becoming a Leader
6 Styles of Leadership
7 Mistakes Leaders Make
8 Developing People
9 Building Teams
10 Courageous Followers
11 Working with Volunteers
12 Families: Preparing Men to Lead
13 Families: Preparing Women to Lead
14 Raising Leaders: Masculine Boys
15 Raising Leaders: Feminine Girls
16 Class Wrap-Up
Course Requirements: 

Due dates
Assignment due dates are included under the Assignments tab within the Learning Management Systen (Populi). In extenuating circumstances only, students may request an extension from the course instructor. Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.

All students are required to post a brief biography to the Icebreaker forum during the first week of class. This assignment will be worth 15 points.

Reading assignments
Refer to “Course Calendar” section the program schedule. Reading assignments are incorporated into the lesson webpages.

Forum questions & comments
Each student will have the opportunity to post on‐line comments to a Forum Question for each lesson. This will enable students to interact with each other and with the instructor.

THREE quizzes will be given throughout the course. The quizzes will reflect the cumulative lecture material and readings up to the day of the quiz. After the first quiz, subsequent quizzes will cover material given between the two quizzes. Quizzes will be multiple choice and open book and notebook - No proctor is required. Quizzes will address chapter readings, additional readings, and lectures. Each quiz is worth 75 points.

Writing assignments
Three Essays: You are free to complete these writing assignments and turn them in at any time prior to and up to the date due. These essays are designed to get you to think further on particular topics and issues related to class. They will relate to the previous several lessons covered in class. Essays should be typed, double‐spaced, and be 3‐5 pages in length. Each essay should include the following: a) In introduction stating the issue at hand, b) a clear description of the topic and explanation of the questions asked, c) Adequate referencing or citing of sources that support your perspective on the topic. Citations should include and reference class lectures, class readings, the Bible and other church or secular sources that support your ideas, d) a clear summary and conclusion that both summarizes what you learned and draws firm conclusions from your research, e) a reference section or bibliography. Grading will consider clear articulation of the issues, completeness of arguments, degree of support from literature, as well as grammar and syntax. Each essay is worth 75 points. Essay topics include: 1. “Why Leadership: The importance of leadership to the church. 2. “What can leaders do to limit their mistakes?” 3. “What two strategies should leaders use to motivate and develop future leaders?”

The following grade schedule lists assignments and point totals. It also lists the point totals that are necessary to achieve respective letter grades.

Summary of Course Requirements Point Value   Letter Grade Total Points
Biography Forum Post 15   A 463 points or above (90%)
Three quizzes (75 points each) 225   B 412-462 points (80%)
Class participation 50   C C 360-411 points (70%)
Three essays (75 points each) 225   D 309-359 points (60%)
Total 515   F 308 points or below

Students With Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities have a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students having a disability requiring an accommodation should inform the instructor by email (on the “Course Info” page click on the instructor’s name and then select “Send Email”).

Technology Access
This course requires web access and the student has to have an established e-mail account. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view documents that are PDF files. One can download the reader free at

Course Evaluation
Student input is welcome for improving this course. Making suggestions by e-mail is helpful. Our goal in this course is to facilitate the successful achievement of all instructional objectives by all students. At the end of the course students have the opportunity of assessing the course. We want to make e-learning courses as effective as we can. We may also ask some other questions concerning a student’s experience in distance learning to help us improve our program. We appreciate students letting us know how we can improve our products and services for them and other distance learners.

Withdrawing From or Dropping This Course
It is the responsibility of a student to drop a course if he or she cannot meet the requirements of the course. Any student who stops attending a course without officially withdrawing from it risks receiving a punitive grade for that course. Withdrawal requests may be conveyed in any manner to the course professor, Registrar, or Vice President of Academic Affairs. This action is sufficient for ensuring any refund owed you. Please note the following: If a student drops a course on or before the “Last day to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty” as published in the University Academic Calendar, even if his or her work is not of a passing grade, then a “W” is recorded. If a course is dropped after that date, but before the last 21 calendar days of the semester, then the instructor determines the grade. The faculty member will at this time record a grade of “W” if passing (not computed in GPA) or “WF” if failing (computed in GPA). Students who drop a course, yet remain in one or more other courses during the last 18 calendar days of the semester, will receive a grade of “WF.” Students who completely withdraw from the University at any time during the semester may be given a grade of “W” on all courses. If students do not initiate the withdrawal process, the instructor is required to initiate the administrative process and to record a grade of “W” or “WF” for the course depending on the date the faculty member drops the student from the course. Students who register for a course as an audit, but then withdraw will be assigned a grade of “W” for the course.