This course gives “feet” to theology. In the era of “movements,” some people suspect that “missional” may be just another phase or program. But, in truth, “missional” represents far more than a movement. Missional theology seeks to help the church achieve its purpose, to be the full expression of who Christ is and what we are called to be and do. At its core, missional represents a revolutionary shift in mindset, at once a call to greater humility before God and greater courage to do the work of God in the world.
Missional theology involves continual imaginative reflection on the interaction between the Gospel and culture, creatively outworking the purposes of God in socially embodied forms of communal life. To that end, this course provides an introduction to theology and the sources, methods, and models employed in doing missional theology in the context of contemporary culture.
The course aims to assist Christian leaders to approach ministry theologically, to reflect on how they fulfill their calling in the light of the teaching of the Bible, the history of Christian tradition, and the specific opportunities and challenges presented by contemporary culture. The course examines the nature and task of theology, its significance for Christian faith, the relationship between theology and culture, and belief and practice.
- Teacher: Duane Belgrave