Prophetic Theology

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 368 - 8368


The unit begins by examining the biblical understandings of prophecy.  It considers the way prophetic ministry has been interpreted by the church.  The unit explores the theological and philosophical, social and political influences on and implications of prophetic practices.  It analyses interaction of alternative models of prophetic ministry.  Students will be equipped to explore and develop prophetic approaches for their own contexts drawing on insights identified in the unit.


To enable students to identify the different understandings and theologies of prophecy, and to engage in critical and constructive practice of prophetic ministry.


Category of outcome

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

Knowledge and understanding

·      Identify and critically assess the main models of contemporary prophetic ministry

Intellectual skills

·      Critically evaluate how prophecy relates to current transformations in religious and spiritual experience

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Construct practical strategies for prophetic engagement


Assessment task


Weighting within unit



500 words

2000 words




·         368:

·         8368:

A short essay

An essay



3000 words

2000 words





·         368:

·         8368:

An essay

An essay

and a learning journal*


* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.




Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology


Sessions will normally include:

1.    Prophecy in Scripture

2.    Prophecy in History

3.    Cessation and Charisma

4.    Prophetic Preaching

5.    Charismatic Prophecy

6.    Weighing Prophecy

7.    Dreams and Visions

8.    Prophecy and Politics

9.    African Churches and Black Theology

10.  Women and Prophecy

11.  Urban Prophetics

Teaching method

Lecture and interactive class discussion

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning


Written feedback to students within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)


Information updated on

December 2015


Indicative reading

Brueggemann, Walter, The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipatory Word (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012)

Cavanna, Peter, Discerning the Spirits: Evaluating the Prophetic Voice. Grove Renewal Series 24 (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2006)

Cooke, Graham, Approaching the Heart of Prophecy. A Journey into Encouragement, Blessing, and Prophetic Gifting (Vacaville: Brilliant Book House, 2006)

Eaton, Michael, The Gift of Prophetic Preaching. A Charismatic Approach (Chichester: New Wine Press, 2008)

Goll, Jim, The Prophetic Power of Visions, Dreams, and Open Heavens (Shippensburg: Destiny Image Publishers, 2004)

Grey, Mary C., The Outrageous Pursuit of Hope. Prophetic Dreams for the Twenty-first Century (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2000)

Johnson, Luke Timothy, Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011)

Leech, Kenneth, Prayer and Prophecy: The essential Kenneth Leech, ed. by David Bunch and Angus Ritchie (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2009)

Sandy, D. Brent, Plowshares and Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic (Leicester: IVP, 2002)

Wood, Mark, Cornel West and the Politics of Prophetic Pragmatism (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000)

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Prophetic Theology

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 368 - 8368





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