Mission and Ministry in Contemporary Society

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 760

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit explores the biblical and theological foundations for a holistic understanding of mission. It opens with discussion of the discipline of theological reflection itself and applies this process to reflection upon the nature of mission and ministry. It explores the dynamic interaction between the Christian Gospel and culture, and considers the implication of this for mission in various contexts. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their understanding of the relationship between the church, the world and the kingdom of God, and how this has influenced the ways in which they engage in Christian mission and ministry. The unit also examines some of the ways in which particular understandings of the Christian gospel influence and shape Christian responses to issues within society. The unit stimulates students to consider what new approaches to ministry and mission might be appropriate.

Aims

To stimulate reflection upon the biblical and theological foundations of a holistic understanding of Christian ministry and mission which are responsive to issues and opportunities arising from the contemporary cultural context.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • explain how Scripture, tradition and context contribute to the process of doing theology, especially within mission and ministry
  • identify and critically evaluate biblical and theological foundations for a holistic theology of mission
Intellectual skills
  • discuss their understanding of the relationship between the Church, the world and the kingdom of God
  • evaluate various understandings of Christian mission
  • discuss the significance of changing mission paradigms for Christian ministry and mission in the contemporary context
  • describe and critically discuss the way in which the Christian gospel interacts with key aspects of contemporary culture
  • make connections between biblical materials, Christian doctrines and their own experience of mission and ministry
  • develop and defend a contemporary theology of mission and demonstrate its relevance to the local context
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • identify new ways of engaging in Christian ministry and mission within the local context
  • exercise local leadership with an informed sensitivity to the context and its opportunities

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
    Summative:
    • An essay or project

    6000 words

    100%
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    Mission and Ministry in Contemporary Society

    MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
    Course Unit 760

    Credits:

    30

    Level:

    7

    Hours of Learning:

    300

    Tutor:

    Dr Steve F. Latham

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