As we move through April, we continue to study the theory of Servant Leadership, learn about the
history of Project Compassion; plan outreaches; and prepare for COMPASSION2016.

Posted 4/21/16

Course Title: Servant Leadership/Project Compassion
Textbook:  Holy Bible
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Peter Edward Burch, PhD
Contact Information:; 387-3770 x256
Course Description

This is a one semester, pass-fail class designed for students who want to learn the principles of servant leadership and apply their learning by helping to organize and lead Project Compassion* events and outreaches.  In class, we will isolate and discuss servant
leadership principles from the Gospel of Mark, the letters of Paul, and the Old Testament book of Nehemiah (see
"Learning Units" below).  Students will be graded (pass/fail) based on traditional assessments (see "Grading" below)
and also several projects (see "Projects" below) connected to the Project Compassion outreach ministry. 

*Since September 2012, Finney's Project Compassion outreach has completed over 600 acts of compassion.  Student missionaries have 
traveled over 31,000 miles while serving the needs of people in eleven states, two countries, and two continents. Project Compassion has been
featured in the Democrat & Chronicle, Penfield Post, Journal of Applied Christian Leadership, Teachers of Vision, CITIZEN magazine, and on
two national Christian radio broadcasts. To learn more about Project Compassion, visit

Instructional Method

Throughout the semester, the students will be exposed to a variety of teaching practices that will appeal to a wide range
to learning styles.  The purpose of this variety is to help each student find success in learning the curriculum while
developing his/her own personal learning method.  While the instructional delivery will be varied, the emphasis will remain
on authentic understanding, high quality work, mastering the central themes and doctrines, and provision of opportunities
for personal application.

Learning Units

Unit 1: The Servant Leader's Attributes and Mindset (Gospel of Mark, Part I)
Unit 2: The Servant Leader in Action (Letters of Paul)
Unit 3: The Servant Leader as Manager (Nehemiah, Part I)
Unit 4: The Servant Leader Facing Challenges (Gospel of Mark, Part II; Nehemiah, Part II)

Classroom Behavior Expectations

The guiding philosophy behind the classroom behavior expectations is respect and responsibility.  In this classroom, 
and in life, you should respect the presence of God, respect your teachers, respect your peers, respect your school, 
and respect yourself.  You are also expected to be responsible for your actions and being prepared for class.  
Specific behavioral expectations are posted in the room ("Classroom Management Plan").

Required Materials

2" binder, paper, dividers

Homework Assignments

Students should expect two homework assignments per week on the topic of servant leadership. Assignments will

require the analysis of Bible passages and servant leadership related articles. Questions assigned will require
varying degrees of cognitive skill (Bloom's taxonomy).   The purpose of the assignments is to reinforce and deepen
understanding of the main concepts of servant leadership from a Christian perspective.  Students will also be
required to watch videos on the history of Project Compassion (

Late Homework Policy

If a student is absent when work is assigned, s/he is given the same amount of time to turn it in. If a student knows of
an assignment/due date, but is absent on the due date, it is to be turned in on the first day the student returns .  
1 day late = half off grade earned, 2 days late = zero.


Students will use (free software) presentation on one of the attributes of a servant leader.
Students will design a poster for the Leadership Seminar using (free software).
Students will use Windows Live Movie Maker (free software) to produce a 2-3 minute video to promote
COMPASSION2016.  Students will receive training on the technologies (signing up, getting started,
basic design functions); however, students will also need to take personal initiative, like watching
online tutorials, to incorporate  more advanced creative applications to the projects.

Late Project Policy

Projects must be turned in on the assigned due date.  Due to a project's long lead time, students will not be given
additional days off for days missed (exceptions may apply for extended absences).  1 day late = half off grade earned,
2 days late = zero.

Cumulative Testing

Any material assessed on a test or quiz may be reassessed on a subsequent test or quiz.

Final Exam

This class will not have a Final Exam

Test/Quiz Retakes

There are no test or quiz retakes in this class. All students are are expected to be prepared on the scheduled test day.


Tests .....................…………,………  35%      
Projects  ………….…..............……..  20%       
Quizzes .…….……….................…..  20%       
Homework ........................................15%
Classroom Participation …...….........10%    

Total ............................................. 100%     

Extra Credit

Extra credit is available on some assessments.