COURSES AVAILABLE FOR AUDIT OR UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT
(for those students who have already taken Church in Mission see The Church in the Neighbourhood)
This course provides an introductory overview of ecclesiology through the development of a biblical theology of the Church and an examination of the major paradigms of church life that have emerged in the Western tradition. Within this framework the contours of a missional ecclesiology will be introduced. The course will examine the major factors contributing to the emergence of the concept of the missional church in the West, as well as providing an account of those movements and networks that are helping to frame the conversation in North America, Australia and the UK.
Surveying the Church in the New Testament, the course will explore the nature, purpose and organization of the church, the theological roots of Christian community, and some of the implications for contemporary local churches in Canada.
The course aims to enable students to articulate a biblical theology of the church, understand something of the present cultural dislocation and identity crisis affecting the Church in the Western world, and be conversant with the frameworks and sources of missional ecclesiology.