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DA1/8004S

Introduction to Ministry and Mission Studies

First level unit for undergraduates
Foundational unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit provides a broad introduction to key aspects of mission and ministry. The unit investigates the following aspects: leadership, supervision, community, spiritual health, team dynamics, conflict and skill management.
Students will learn methods of critical reflection, particularly with regard to theological and ministry dimensions of vocation and context.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this units students will be able to:

Undergraduates

  1. Describe primary interrelationships between ministry and mission
  2. Interpret vocation in the context of ministry and mission.
  3. Develop a contextually based theological reflection on a key ministry or mission case study
  4. Articulate the application of some key aspects of ministry (leadership, supervision, etc).

Postgraduates

  1. Analyse primary interrelationships between ministry and mission.
  2. Articulate a theology of vocation within ministry and mission
  3. Develop a contextually based theological reflection on a key ministry or mission case study
  4. Articulate the application of some key aspects of ministry (leadership, supervision, etc)
  5. Evaluate diverse theological responses to mission and ministry (related to a specific context).

Prerequisites: Nil

Offered: 2019 on Thursday evenings in second semester

Faculty: Scott Mageean

Assessment:

Level 1
Book Review (1000 words) 30%
Case studies (1000 words) 30%
Essay (1500 words) 40%

Postgraduates
Book Review (1500 words) 30%
Case studies (1500 words) 30%
Major Essay (3000 words) 40%

Bibliography:

Bessenecker, Scott A. Living Mission: The Vision and Voices of New Friars. Downers Grover: IVP, 2010.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together: Prayerbook of the Bible. Translated by John W. Doberstein. London: SCM Press, 1954.

Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.

Dawn, Marva and Peterson, Eugene. The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Keller, Timothy. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. New York: Dutton, 2012.

Palmer, Parker J Let your life speak: Listening to the voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Schwehn, Mark R. and Bass, Dorothy C. (Editors) Leading Lives That Matter. What We Should Do and Who We Should Be. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.

Sider , Ronald J. and Philip Olson. Churches that Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2002.

Sparks, Paul, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen. The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2014.

Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.