A Theology of Church and Ministry in the 21st Century

This subject will assist students to deepen their theological understanding of the church and to apply this knowledge to their ministry contexts. Students will engage in contemporary issues of ministry and church, and through syllabus delivery, independent research, and assignments, ground this knowledge in their own contexts. This subject is also available as a capstone. It is highly recommended as an elective in the Doctor of Ministry.

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Subject Details

Mode On-campus
Workload Intensive, 12 credit points
Status Advanced elective
Subject Code PC087 or TH030
Prerequisites None
Teacher Graham Cole

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 Dickinson)

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 subject is taught at level 9 as part of Ridley’s Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry courses. Students are expected to demonstrate a capacity for independent research-driven perspectives on the subject content. In addition to the time spent in intensive classes, students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this advanced subject.


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