Rooted Leadership

Rooted Leadership

Taught by John E. Johnson

In the Rooted Leadership course, John E. Johnson explores how Christian theology provides an overarching leadership framework and applies that theory to leadership practices for the sake of equipping credible leaders.

Course Details

  • 12 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 3.5 hours of video

  • Intermediate

  • Rooted Leadership

12 Month Access
$179.99 USD

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Course Description

At the root of today’s greatest challenges is a failure of leadership.

Yearning for wise guidance and effective authority is a perennial human longing. We want leaders who are credible, competent, and committed, yet sadly, many leaders today are consumed with their own power and agendas, ineffectual in their ability to lead.

Most leadership books and resources today emphasize concepts like motivation, inspiration, empowerment, and teamwork. As helpful as these themes are, they miss something even more fundamental: leadership needs a theological foundation.

In the Rooted Leadership course, John E. Johnson explores how Christian theology provides a sound basis for healthy leadership, applying a theological lens to contemporary leadership practices. Building on three decades of research and experience as a global leader, Johnson surveys the landscape of contemporary leadership theory, unpacks the assumptions and beliefs that underly current trends, and responds by offering a robust approach to leadership founded on the character, work, and words of God.

By completing this course, you’ll gain:

  • An introduction to the basic questions every leader must ask him or herself
  • A fuller picture of how our theology and view of God impacts our leadership
  • Practical ways in which Christians can learn from biblical leaders to apply those same principles to leadership today
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions, unit assessments, and award-winning memory building tools

Meet Your Instructors

John E. Johnson

Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary

John E. Johnson is an adjunct professor of pastoral theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He has over three decades of experience leading churches in the United States and the Netherlands and has worked with leaders in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has a PhD in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. John is the author of Under an Open Heaven and Missing Voices: Learning to Lead beyond Our Horizons and has written journal articles for Bibliotheca Sacra, Trinity Journal, Resonance, and Didaktikos. He writes a weekly blog (

Course Outline

    An Invitation to Begin

  • What Is the Logical Framework for Approaching Leadership?

  • Why Is God’s the Best Definition of Leadership?

  • Are Leaders Really Necessary?

  • How Does One Become a Leader?

  • Can One Lead without Admirable Character?

  • Is God’s Wisdom Essential for Sound Leadership?


  • What Skills Are Needed to Be a Competent Leader?

  • What Tasks Must Every Leader Carry Out?

  • How Does God Turn the World’s Assumptions of Power Upside Down?

  • Why Is Suffering Beneficial to Great Leadership?

  • Is There a Future for Leadership?

  • Conclusion


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