Spring 2010

FSW - Phoenix






DESCRIPTION: This course provides a foundational understanding of Christian ecclesiology and eschatology with reference to their biblical, traditional, and contemporary formulations, as expressed in various ecclesial and contextual/intercultural perspectives. Topics include the nature, ministry and life of the church, including ordination, sacraments, prayer, parousia, death, resurrection, judgment, heaven, and hell.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: An informed understanding of the life, worship, and goals of the church is crucial to Christian preaching, teaching, evangelizing, and discipleship.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing this course will have demonstrated an understanding of (1) what they believe with regard to the Christian faith, (2) the interrelated character of Christian theology, (3) why they believe what they believe in a way that enhances their own spiritual formation, (4) a range of theological options and reasons for this diversity, (5) their ability to think theologically in light of their own experience and their church setting, and (6) an understanding of the role of cultural diversity in theology, thus cultivating greater sensitivity in their respective ministry ventures.


COURSE FORMAT: This course will meet on each of four weekends (April 16/17, April 30/May 1, May 14/15,  June 4/5) Fridays from 6:30-9:30pm, Saturdays from 8:00am-1:00pm for a total of 30 contact hours of interactive lectures, discussions, and student presentations.




     Grenz, S. Theology for the Community of God. Eerdmans, 2000. [pp.461-660] ISBN: 0802847552.

     Krkkinen, V-M. An Introduction to Ecclesiology. InterVarsity Press, 2002. [200pp.] ISBN: 0830826882.

     McGrath, A., ed. Theology: The Basic Readings. Blackwell, 2007. [pp.127-200] ISBN: 1405170425.

     Schwartz, H. Eschatology. Eerdmans, 2001. [431pp.] ISBN: 0802847331.

     Strongly Recommended: Grenz, S. et al. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. Intervarsity Press, 1999. ISBN: 0830814493.


Select one Special Topic Text:

       Barr, W.R. Constructive Christian Theology in the Worldwide Church. Eerdmans, 1997.

       Bauckham, R. God Will Be All in All: The Eschatology of Jrgen Moltmann. T&T Clark, 1999.

       Boff, L. Ecclesiogenesis: The Base Communities Reinvent the Church. Orbis, 1986.

       Fudge, E.W. & R.A. Peterson. Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue. IVP, 2000.

       Gibbs, E. & Bolger, R. The Emerging Churches. Baker, 2005.

       Guder, D.L. & L. Barrett, eds. Missional Church. Eerdmans, 1998.

       Kimball, D. The Emerging Church. Zondervan, 2003.

       Lincoln, E.C. & L.H. Mamiya. The Black Church in African American Experience. Duke, 2001.

       McGrath, Alister E. A Brief History of Heaven. Blackwell Publishing, 2003.

       Parratt, J. Reinventing Christianity: African Theology Today. Eerdmans, 1995.

       Russell, L.M. Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church. WJK, 1993.

       Schmemann, A. Introduction to Liturgical Theology. Tr. Moorhouse. 3rd ed. St. Vladimirs, 1997.

       Stackhouse, J.G., ed. Evangelical Ecclesiology: Reality or Illusion? Baker, 2003.

       Ware, Kallistos. The Orthodox Church. Penguin, 1993. (Part II: Faith and Worship).

       White, James F. The Sacraments in Protestant Practice. Abingdon, 1999.


RECOMMENDED READING: Recommended titles will be listed in the syllabus.



(1) Required reading (1,200 pages).

(2) Four 1-page reading responses plus active class participation (15% of grade).

(3) Short answer quiz (20% of grade).

(4) One 4-5 page book review expounding on key points, plus your assessment, of one of the required Special Topic Texts (10% of grade).

(5) Take-home final exam (25% of grade) (open book option available).

(6) One 10-12 page research paper (30% of grade).






FINAL EXAMINATION: Take-home, (optional open-book).



This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.