Content

This unit will explore the roots of the church in the messianic ministry of risen, crucified Jesus Christ and the sending of the Spirit. Attention will be given to the classical marks of the church (one, holy, catholic and apostolic) as well as to the particular marks noted by the Reformers (preaching and sacraments). Church-dividing disputes around sacraments and ministry will be noted. The character and history of minority ancient Christian communities (e.g. India, China, Ethiopia) will also be addressed. Attention will turn to the twentieth-century emergence of churches in the global south and the post-Christendom realities faced by mainline churches in lands marked by “Western culture” (with particular reference to the Uniting Church in Australia). Consideration of these developments will assist our critical examination both of classical ecclesiologies and of developing contemporary approaches to the body of Christ.

Unit Code: DA2089P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Describe the origins of the church in the messianic ministry of Jesus

2.

Explain the classical and the Reformed marks of the church

3.

Describe the shifts in ecclesiological reflection prompted by the emergence of the non-Western churches during the twentieth century

4.

Communicate the ways a post-Christendom ecclesiology can be developed in the context of a global church.

Unit sequence

CT1000P or CT1009P

Pedagogy

Guided reading materials, online forums

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

1000 word web resource or study guide on biblical roots of ecclesiology

20.0

1000 word collation of tutorial reflections

20.0

2000 word research essay on the global, post-Christendom church

50.0

Online participation (500 words)

10.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-29 15:19:21 +1000