A course designed to equip seminarians with theological and practical foundations of evangelism. Historical patterns of church extension and contemporary strategies will be reviewed. In particular, consideration will be given to the presentation of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in the midst of pluralism, multi-culturalism and universalism.
The study of theology extends to the manner in which non-Western communities of Christians endeavour to shape their world by their faith. Special emphasis is given to examining Christology and Soteriology from a cross-cultural perspective, and to the manner by which both Western and non-Western traditions may interact. Cross-listed as THS 614.
Historical origins, beliefs, and practices of major world religions are examined, with the purpose of analyzing the impact of the worldview generated by each faith group in order to gain insights into potential points of contact for mission and ministry in cross-cultural encounters or in pluralistic societies.
This introduction to cross-cultural ministries and the principles which serve as their foundation is supported by case studies which provide insight into positive and negative experiences in attempts at contextualization. Traditions and theologies which Christian communities around the world have developed in order to express their faith and worship in meaningful and culturally-appropriate ways are also highlighted.
Biblical themes relating to the missionary concern of God will be examined. Additionally, focus will be placed on the manner by which healthy relationships between a sending church and various missionary contexts may be established and maintained.
The student will survey the entire learning ministry of the local church including worship, teaching, community life and service; all with age specific needs in mind. This course will enable the student to initiate a personal philosophy and practice of church ministry.
Reflecting upon the theological, historical and practical dimensions of teaching/learning, the student will develop an appreciation for how people learn to become disciples of Christ. The student will also develop a basic foundation of learning principles and practice using them in a ministry setting.
This course focuses upon leading a vibrant small group ministry. The student will embrace a theology of the church community and an appreciation for the longstanding historic role of small groups within the church. In addition, the student will acquire contemporary insights related to small group dynamics and the organization of a small group ministry within the church
This course gives the student an opportunity to focus in a specialized area of Church Ministry. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.
A study of the way in which the needs of the family are met within the church or other family work setting contexts. The student will study a biblical, philosophical, theoretical, strategically, administrative and research approach in understanding and addressing these needs.