Doctrines of Ministry and Sacraments

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 431

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The manner in which an understanding of Christian Ministry and a doctrine of the Sacraments developed within differing traditions is considered with particular reference to the thoughts of key Christian writers, to the historical and intellectual contexts in which they wrote, and to the implications of their ideas. Particular attention is given to Anabaptist and Baptist expressions of these doctrines and to critiques of the traditional place of women within the Church’s Ministry. Students consider the implications of these ideas for our contemporary understanding of Christian Ministry and of the Sacraments. Students are encouraged to discuss their own understanding of these ideas and of their implications and relevance.

Aims

This unit considers the ways in which an understanding of Christian Ministry and of the Sacraments have developed and are contemporarily expressed, by seeking to understand the implications of these conceptions, and by encouraging critical reflection upon some of the expressions of these ideas.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • describe the manner in which an understanding of Christian Ministry and a doctrine of the Sacraments developed within differing traditions
  • express an understanding of the historical and intellectual contexts within which these developments occurred
Intellectual skills
  • critically analyse the relationship between theological, philosophical and social concepts in relation to ecclesiology
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • articulate an informed understanding of the relationship between theological tradition and personal practice of ministry

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Seminar presentation

45 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay

6000 words

100%
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Doctrines of Ministry and Sacraments

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 431

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Graham J Watts

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