Leadership: Divine and Human – Insights from Bonhoeffer


Block Course

7 – 9 May & 1 – 3 July 2020

Leadership: Divine and Human – Insights from Bonhoeffer

Are we to live extraordinary lives? Bonhoeffer, says no. Is the core purpose of the church to make this world a better place? Bonhoeffer, says no. Should pastors and leaders be ambitious? Bonhoeffer, says no. What then does he propose? To help us discover that we will have Bonhoeffer in conversation with Willow Creek and Bill Hybels. 

This course considers the life and written work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer who has been variously described as theologian, pastor, pastor-theologian, writer, activist, pacifist and martyr. In the face of such diversity we attend to the continuities in Bonhoeffer’s thought and practice as a Christian leader.

More specifically, this course will explore Bonhoeffer’s personal quest to understand the plight of ego and power in leadership and their solution in the notion of discipleship and freedom.

Further, this course integrates the insights of Dietrich Bonhoeffer with a contemporary case study of Bill Hybels, the former pastor and leader of Willow Creek. Willow Creek proves to be a valuable case study in which issues of ego and power in leadership surface. It is important to understand them rightly and posit how Bonhoeffer’s thought on, and practice of, leadership provides a needed corrective.

Dates & Costs

7 – 9 May & 1 – 3 July 2020

Carey Baptist College, 473 Great South Road, Penrose

$320.00 Audit | $1879.00 for credit of full course

Full attendance is compulsory. 

This course is taught as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology and the  Master of Applied Theology degree at Carey Graduate School

Lecturer – Dr Mick Duncan

Mick currently pastors without being a Pastor and speaks & teaches throughout NZ & Australia. He lectures at Carey in Applied Theology, with a focus on NZ Society, Urban Mission, and Cross Cultural Studies.  

Mick comes out of ‘three worlds’. The first is that of a local church where he has served as a pastor in a number of churches over the decades. Second, he comes out of the world of an intentional households (NZ) and incarnational church planting in slums (Manila). He has also established various disciple-making entities like Alongsiders, Red Letters and Intermission. And thirdly he comes out of an external world where he is engaged in speaking, lecturing and writing.

His books include: Move Out, Costly Mission, Who Stands Fast, Wild Ones and Alongsiders. His research Masters explores ‘A Theological Ethic of Initiative’ from the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Mick’s PhD is titled, “The Moral Pathway Toward the Stranger in the Life and Thought of John Wesley.”

With academic degrees combined with ‘street degrees’ Mick brings to his speaking and teaching; discernment, wisdom and tools for the trade of ministry and mission. 

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