Pioneer Ministry

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 255

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit explores the theory and practice of cross-cultural evangelism, contemporary models of church planting and the development of innovative expressions of Christian community and discipleship.  The place of entrepreneurial skills, urban ministry and the development of collaborative partnerships and their implications receive special attention.  Biblical and theological reflection on these issues is an integral part of this unit.

Aims

To introduce participants to the dynamics of pioneering ministry in contemporary culture through cross-cultural evangelism, church-planting and developing innovative expressions of Christian community and discipleship.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Specify an appropriate rationale for planting new churches - summarising contemporary models of church planting and the characteristics of effective church planters

·      Summarise the missiological and ecclesiological issues raised by and pertinent to the practice of pioneering ministry

Intellectual skills

·      Analyse the significance of potential collaborative partnerships and evaluate their implications for a pioneering initiative

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Communicate clearly and effectively the dynamics of cross-cultural evangelism

·      Explain the importance of entrepreneurial skills in pioneering situations

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:

An essay or project plan

 

500 words

 

n/a

Summative:

An essay or project

 

3000 words

 

100%

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

 

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

t.b.a.

Teaching method

Interactive lectures

Additional eLearning content

 

Feedback

 

Date of approval (for office use)

Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

Appleton, Joanne, & Evert Van De Poll, (eds.), Church Planting in Europe (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2015)

Baker, Jonny & Cathy Ross, The Pioneer Gift: explorations in mission (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2014)

Dreier, Mary Sue Dehmlow (ed.), Created and Led by the Spirit: planting missional congregations (Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2013)

Goodhew, David et al, Fresh! An Introduction to Fresh Expressions of Church and Pioneer Ministry (London: SCM, 2012)

Male, Dave, Pioneers 4 Life (Abingdon: BRF, 2011)

Moynagh, Michael, Church For Every Context (London: SCM, 2012)

Murray, Stuart, Planting Churches (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008)

Nelstrop, Louise & Martyn Percy (eds.), Evaluating Fresh Expressions (Norwich: Canterbury, 2008)

Ott, Craig, & Gene Wilson, Global Church Planting (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011)

Patrick, Darrin, Church Planter (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010)

Walker, John, Testing Fresh Expressions: Identity and Transformation (Farnham: Ashgate,

2014)

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Pioneer Ministry

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 255

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Roger Standing

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