COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Church which exists today is a product of almost twenty centuries of historical conditioning. Any leader who works in the church today must be aware of some of these historical developments in order to lead effectively. This course will consist of lectures describing some of the developments within the church as well as observing trends which have created the conditions within the institutional church today. Part of the course is lecture, part of it – small group work and student presentations which are to deepen and demonstrate understanding of the material.