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Prayer and Self-Management Syllabus


Self Management and Prayer 

Course no.:PTH4D8103
Course Name:Self-Management: Themes of self-management and prayer
SWS / Credits:2
Creator:Matt Rutz
Version: 1.0


Course Description:

The foundation of good leadership is the reality that a leader needs to manage or lead him or herself. How well one practices self-management often defines the extent to which one is able to lead a group or organization.

Healthy self-management produces a healthy balance between serving and receiving, and between ministry and life. Through the practices of setting priorities and developing vision, every day activities will not become burdensome, and long-term goals will be more easily reached. Self-discipline and self-control enable a leader to keep his or her feelings and emotions in check, instead of being ruled by them.


Course Objectives:

Students should understand

  • time management—design and follow a weekly time plan
  • work life balance (strength diagram)—to analyze and develop usable action steps
  • biblical principles for church ministry work—describe biblical principles for church service, and incorporate these in one’s self management plan
  • developing priorities, decision-making process—learn and describe different models of priority management, and decision-making; apply these models to one’s personal management situation
  • vision development—develop a vision statement, recognizing and using appropriate management tools
  • bearing consequences of choices—recognize and describe consequences and dangers inherent in choices that one makes
  • foundations of spiritual leadership—develop and articulate the definition of the foundations of spiritual leadership
  • discovery, discernment, and reflection
  • the power of positive habits and rituals—describe and defend the power of positive habits and rituals, using practical examples
  • self-discipline and self-control—describe and apply the potential of self-discipline of one’s own feelings and emotions
  • fundamentals of leading other people
  • planning and communication—acquire the ability to effectively plan both projects and one’s personal life


Acquired Skills:

Students should be able to

  • develop weekly schedule for the duration of the course; note divergences from schedule (10 hours)
  • formulate life vision (10 hours)
  • develop project plan for one project, execute and assess (10 hours)
  • develop and execute priority plan for the duration of the course; document incidents of success and unsuccess, as well as the effort required to follow plan (5 hours)
  • cultivate one new positive habit (10 hours)


Preparatory or Course-Related Assignments for Students (10 hours):

Reading of the compulsory literature


Content of the Course (20 hours):

  1. The Big Picture 
  2. The Small Steps
  3. Withstanding Everyday Life 
  4. Shaping Life as a Whole 
  5. Dealing with Finances 


Performance Record (10 hours):

  1. Study required for final examination: (8 hours)
  2. Final examination: open-book essay (2 hours)


Compulsory Reading (20 hours):

Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes

Homework Break down

  1. Part 1 and Part 2
  2. Part 3
  3. Part 4
  4. Part 5 and Part 6

Further Reading:

Composition of the Final Grade:

Class participation (30%)

Reading assignments (30%)

Written exam (40%)


Summary Time Statement:

30 hLessons
10 hHomework assigned by Professor
15 hFinal Exam
35 hRequired reading 
90 hTotal