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: CT8080P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


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


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


Explain the major ecclesiological issues which emerged at the Reformation


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


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


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Learning Resource

1500 words web resource or study guide on biblical roots of ecclesiology

0 25.0

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

0 50.0
Tutorial Paper

1500 words collation of tutorial reflections

0 25.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-18 14:09:24 +1000