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COURSE TITLE: A Conspiracy of Goodness: Studies in Christian Mission
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Roy Berkenbosch, M.Div.
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A close examination of some central issues in Christian mission. Students will study key Biblical passages that inform the nature and scope of mission, explore contemporary images of mission, consider the nature of mission in the contemporary world, and examine topics such as the role of the church in urban renewal, the biblical nature of evangelism, the relationship of theology and development, liberation theology, inter-religious dialogue and others.

Prerequisites: THEO 250
  • The Bible - you may a use a bible of your own choice
  • What is Mission?  Theological Explorations  by J.Andrew Kirk
  • The Open Secret by Leslie Newbigin
Reading Journal 30%
Term paper30%
Final Exam 40%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the course, you should…
  • Be familiar with the missional nature of the Biblical story.
  • Have a clear and broad understanding of the concept of missio dei.
  • Be familiar with key events in the history of Christian mission.
  • Be aware of the church’s role as a transformational witness in contemporary culture.
  • Have the capacity, on the one hand, to examine critically approaches to mission that are fragmented and dualist and, on the other hand, to articulate a holistic approach to mission and development.
  • Be familiar with the principles and practices of integral responses to poverty and other social issues.
  • Be aware of current missional challenges and opportunities facing the Christian church.
  • Understand the nature of evangelism in the post modern context.
  • Have an emerging sense of personal vocation and calling as an agent of transformational witness.
  • Introduction, review syllabus
  • Foundations
  • The Open Secret
  • Evangelism
  • Gospel and Culture
  • The Myth of the Excluded Middle
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Justice for the Poor
  • Guest presentation – Inner City Outreach – Jeremiah Basuric
  • The Promise and Peril of Short term Mission
  • Guest presentation - History of Mission among Indigenous Peoples
  • Christianity and Islam
  • Guest Presentation - Restorative Justice
  • Building Peace
  • The Church in Mission

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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