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 the critical examination both of classical ecclesiologies and of developing contemporary approaches to the body of Christ.

Unit Code: DA8089P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

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 and the origins of ecclesiology in the biblical witness

2.

Explain the classical marks of the church, their origin and significance

3.

Explain the major ecclesiological issues which emerged at the Reformation

4.

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

5.

Produce the outline of a post-Christendom ecclesiology in the context of a global church.

Pedagogy

Guided reading materials, online forums

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Learning Resource

1200 words web resource or study guide on biblical roots of ecclesiology

20.0
Tutorial Paper

1200 words collation of tutorial reflections

20.0
Essay

3000 words research essay on the global, post-Christendom church

50.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Online participation in regular tutorials (600 words)

10.0
Approvals

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-31 08:57:03 +1000