Church Leadership

Church Leadership

The Church Leadership minor prepares students for lay positions within established churches, mission organizations, para-church ministries, camps, youth ministries, and other ministries.

For Church Leadership Mission and Goals, see Leadership Studies.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Church Leadership consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3500 Youth Ministry Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4600 Church Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4700 Senior Internship (3 s.h.)

Religion Course

Select 3 s.h. from the following:

  • REL 2010 Survey of the Hebrew Bible (3 s.h.)
  • REL 2020 Survey of the New Testament (3 s.h.)

Interdisciplinary Electives

Select 3 s.h. from the following:

  • ACL 3600 Exploring Cross-Cultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3900 Collaborative Conflict Management (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3250 Theories and Techniques of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3400 Issues in Contemporary Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3750 Future-Oriented Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4850 Special Topics (or LSS 2850) (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3150 Helping Processes (3 s.h.)

Total: 18 s.h.

With the approval of the program director appropriate courses may be substituted.

Contact the Leadership Studies Program

Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
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Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.
Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership

B.S., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida


Andrew Ziegler joined the full-time faculty of Methodist University in 1998. He helped design the MU Leadership Program in which students can receive a Minor in Leadership Studies or Church Leadership. Recently, he helped develop the Leadership Fellows Program.

In April 2014, Dr. Ziegler received the MU Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2017, he was named the Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership. His two favorite courses are LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership and PSC 4600 Political Science Senior Seminar.

Before coming to Methodist, Dr. Ziegler served as an Infantry officer in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was commissioned through ROTC at Florida State University.

His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

One of his favorite Army assignments was teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His advanced degrees are in Political Science from the University of Florida.

His publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, a book chapter, and a co-edited book on comparative politics. He has also presented papers and served on panels at various academic conferences.

Currently, Dr. Ziegler serves on the board for Fayetteville’s Institute for Community Leadership and volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance. Previously, he served on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Dr. Ziegler enjoys traveling, jogging, and dancing, and he is President of the Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers.

He and his wife, Kalli, have been married for over 40 years, and they reside in Fayetteville, NC.  They have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Research Interest:

Leadership development

(910) 630-7488
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