Leadership in the Faith Community

The Leadership in the Faith Community (LFC) Certificate is a non-credit, competency-based program of active learning and reflection, designed for all members of a faith community (lay or ordered) who are involved in Christian ministry. The LFC Certificate program supports lifelong learners to grow and deepen their skills in contextual theological reflection and the practice(s) of ministry, while assessing and documenting this growth through a personalized study plan, learning portfolio, and intentional mentorship.

The Core Competencies: Each of the four core areas of competence guide the development and documentation of your knowledge, skills, and attributes in alignment with academic programming outcomes while remaining grounded in your own professional and personal context. Outcomes across all areas of competence are designed to support you to develop holistically, through knowing (knowledge), doing (skills), and being (attributes).

Air: Intellectual Clarity

Outcomes – Learners completing the programme of study will:

  • Know – Comprehend, apply and integrate key concepts and terminology with adequate reference to expert and/or scholarly opinion at a level of scholarly fluency in elected areas of focus. (Connection with scholarly traditions that inform the discussions you are having within your context and community; read, interpret, and communicate);
  • Be – Value critical inquiry and self-reflection by demonstrating intentional and systemic critique of their conclusions and assumptions;
  • Do – Contribute to intellectual discourse inclusively, demonstrating empathy for difference in experience and leaving space for other voices to be heard.

Fire: Passion for Justice

Outcomes – Learners completing the programme of study will:

  • Know – Name their own position and privilege in the context of one or more contextual framework(s), such as feminist methodologies and/or the TRC calls to action (Demonstrate decolonizing and postcolonial commitments and practices);
  • Be – Articulate pro-queer, feminist, and decolonising perspectives and methodologies;
  • Do – Describe solidarity-building ventures for liberative community developments in specified contexts.

Water: Deep Healing

Outcomes – Learners completing the programme of study will:

  • Know – Develop emotional intelligence and awareness of self through reflective practice and exploration of one or more assessments of personality;
  • Be – Adopt trauma-aware healing perspectives and practices;
  • Do – Demonstrate collaborative and empathetic leadership in chosen contexts.

Earth: Ecological Embodiment

Outcomes – Learners completing the programme of study will:

  • Know – Articulate how their local ecological, social, economic, and political context(s) impacts their behaviours;
  • Be – Identify their core eco-cultural values and how these are relevant in their specified contexts;
  • Do – Implement an integral and sustainable praxis within their chosen context(s).

Competencies Specific to Your Certificate – Leadership in the Faith Community

Scroll: Theological Proficiency

Outcomes – Learners completing the programme of study will:

  • Know – Describe, in general terms, the history of Christianity, and trends in biblical and theological interpretation;
  • Be – Express the personal significance of those histories in the current religious-social-cultural landscape;
  • Do – Implement a theologically informed strategic plan in their localised context.

Tree: Ecumenical Breadth

Outcomes – Learners completing the programme of study will:

  • Know – Recognize a broad range of theological traditions and identify which of these inform their own leadership style;
  • Be – Reflect on the distinctives of their own tradition and its relationship to the broader ecumenical/religious context;
  • Do – Develop an ecumenically informed, collaborative strategic plan in their chosen context.

Staff: Servant Leadership

Outcomes – Learners completing the programme of study will:

  • Know – Articulate core principles of service within the social-religious terrain of their own faith community;
  • Be – Embody reflective, respectful, inclusive, and integrative leadership;
  • Do – Decisively and respectfully lead innovation and change within their own faith community.


For more information, please contact the College Recruitment Officer at shawn.sanfordbeck@saskatoontheologicalunion.ca or click here: