A Theology of Church and Ministry in the 21st Century

Unit Overview
This unit will assist students to deepen their theological understanding of the church and to apply this knowledge into their ministry contexts. Students will engage in contemporary issues of ministry and church, and through syllabus delivery, independent research, and assignments, ground this knowledge into their own contexts. These units are also available as capstones.

Unit Details

Mode On-campus
Workload Intensive, 12 credit points
Status Level 9
Unit Code PC087-812_912/TH030-812_912
Prerequisites None
Teacher Graham Cole

Unit content
Contextualizing in the 21st Century

  • Pre-modern
  • Modern
  • Post-modern
  • Pluralist

Ecclesiology for the 21st Century

  • Polities: espoused and operational
  • Gathered and scattered
  • The Sunday-Monday connection

Preaching in the 21st Century

  • Tell it slant (Emily Dickenson)

Apologetics in the 21st Century

  • More like pre-Constantine
  • Moderns and post-moderns

Leading in the 21st Century

  • Four kinds of authority: positional, performance, personal, virtuous
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Peacemaking Pastoring in the 21st Century
  • Professional versus cure of souls Thriving in the 21st Century 
  • The resilience challenges
  • Walking with God

Study Expectations
This unit is taught at level 9 as part of Ridley’s Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry courses. The unit is also available to students currently enrolled in the retiring Master of Arts (Ministry/Theology) degrees who wish to graduate with these awards under the outgoing regulations. Students are expected to demonstrate a capacity for independent research-driven perspectives on the unit content. In addition to the time spent in intensive classes, students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this advanced unit.


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