Human society has been organizing their efforts as projects for hundreds of years. Projects usually require someone to manage the project with the responsibilities to ensure the project is successful. During this class, students will examine the techniques and skills needed to manage projects of all different types. Students will understand the concept of project risk management, project task estimation, and schedule planning documents. Students will understand potential cultural issues when working with project members from other cultures or different backgrounds and learn to resolve project management related problems using the skills of negotiation, mediation, or interpersonal communication from a Christian perspective.

Nonprofit leaders often have a primary responsibility to raise the outside resources and support needed for an organization to fulfill its mission. This course equips nonprofit leaders with everything from traditional fundraising basics (drafting a plan, engaging the board, researching prospects) to new trends and opportunities with online/email campaigns, crowdfunding, and mobile fundraising. Biblical concepts related to stewardship will help inform nonprofit leaders on the ethical dimensions of fundraising.

This course is the first of a two-course academic sequence designed to provide Master of Science in Leadership Studies students with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery in the field of leadership studies. This first course will focus on the development of rigorous independent scholarly research that will challenge and refine students' writing and research skills at the graduate level. The final product of the two courses will be a comprehensive research project focused on a chosen dimension of leadership. Throughout both courses, students will have weekly interaction with their instructor to discuss the progress of their projects and to seek additional guidance. Prerequisites: 30 MSLS credits.