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Christian Leadership in Times of Crisis (Send Network Cohort)

This exclusive course for Send Network church planters 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  


This course is taking place during the fall of 2020. The enrollment is open. For three weeks, you will spend 4-6 hours per week engaging in carefully crafted and inspiring presentations by Dr. Stetzer and other professors and ministry leaders. You will have the opportunity to dialogue in a discussion board with your fellow church planters as you reflect on the course material. In addition, if you would like a crisis leadership certificate upon completion, you will need to complete 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 this course until January 1, 2021.

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.

  • Length: three weeks; open enrollment  
  • Effort: 4-6 hours per week
  • Price: free to Send Network church planters
  • Subject: Crisis Leadership 
  • Level: Introductory
  • Language: English