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Christian Leadership in Times of Crisis

This course provides a theological and practical framework for understanding and leading in, through, and out of crises.
Enrollment is Closed

It’s not if, but when you will experience a crisis 

Crises are like weather patterns, sometimes you know they are coming and other times they catch you by surprise. Imagine being a captain of a ship in the middle of a large body of water when a storm comes upon you. How do you react or respond? How do you lead the crew and navigate the boat through the storm? 

In short, this describes crisis leadership. Sometimes you know a crisis is coming and other times crisis hits out of nowhere. Crisis leadership is much different than normal, everyday leadership. Good leadership in times of calm and peace doesn’t necessarily translate into good leadership in times of chaos and crisis.    

If history is any indication, there will be wars, natural disasters, pandemics, economic recessions, disruptive technologies, shifts in human behaviors. Given the ebb and flow of crises that arise, it is imperative that Christian leaders are prepared to lead in, through, and out of a variety of crises. Please sign up today! It's not too late.  

What you will learn in this course

Guided by experienced leaders, you will develop a deeper understanding in…  

  • A theological understanding of crises
  • The various levels and characteristics of crises 
  • The qualities and characteristics of effective crisis leadership
  • Developing a strategy to weather a crisis
  • Stewarding you and your people well during and after crisis
  • How to reemerge from crisis better, not battered  


You will spend 4-6 hours per week engaging in carefully crafted and inspiring presentations by Dr. Stetzer and other professors and ministry leaders. With a discussion leader, you will be discussing questions in guided forums, reflecting on relevant readings, and completing a quiz to capstone the course.

Course Staff

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    Dr. Junias Venugopal  

    Associate Dean of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, Wheaton College

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    Dr. Rochelle Scheuermann  

    Associate Professor of Leadership, Wheaton College

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    Dr. Ed Stetzer 

    Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership, Wheaton College      

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    Dr. Theon Hill 

    Assistant Professor of Communication, Wheaton College      

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    Dr. Margaret Diddams

    Former Provost, Wheaton College; Editor of Christian Scholar's Review      

Frequently asked questions.

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Who are these courses for?

These courses are designed for any ministry or lay leaders looking to find ways to navigate people during and after a crisis and just how more than ever, crucial it is to share the love of Christ in these times.

How long do I have access to these courses?

You will have access to your course(s) until the final day of the course.

How do I know if I’ve successfully completed the course?

You have completed the course if you’ve viewed all of the videos, answered all of the discussion questions, and score above 80% on the capstone quiz.

Can I get a refund?

All course sales are final and refunds are not available.

  • Length: 3 weeks  
  • Effort: 4-6 hours per week
  • Price: $29
  • Subject: Crisis Leadership 
  • Level: Introductory
  • Language: English