Winter 2014/Menlo Park
MC500: CHURCH AND MISSION IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT. Michael McNichols.
DESCRIPTION: This course serves as a broad introduction to the Church and churches in historical and contemporary contexts. Students will explore a broad variety of ecclesiological formations, exploring the nature of churches, their liturgies, communal life, and their mission in the world. In this course, students will begin to compare and contrast the historical and contemporary church with their own particular tradition.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will (1) examine the global church through the study of local churches in their particular historical and cultural contexts; (2) cite their own relationship to churches outside their ecclesiastical tradition, examining their own assumptions in the process; (3) develop an understanding of the nature and mission of the Church and churches, both theologically and sociologically.
COURSE FORMAT: Class will meet for six hours on five Saturdays, for a total of 30 contact hours. Class will feature lectures, discussions, small groups, and various forms of media.
REQUIRED READING: Approximately 1,500 pages of reading from the following texts (see course syllabus for specific page numbers for selected readings):
Corcoran, Kevin, ed. Church in the Present Tense. Brazos Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-1587432996, Pub. Price $21.99 [80 pp.]
Escobar, Samuel. The New Global Mission. Intervarsity Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-0830833016, Pub. Price $16.00 [182 pp.]
Gaillardetz, Richard R. Ecclesiology for a Global Church. Orbis, 2008. ISBN: 978-1570757693, $30.00 [100 pp.]
Gibbs, Eddie, and Ryan K. Bolger. Emerging Churches. Baker Academic, 2005. ISBN: 978-0801027154, Pub. Price $26.00 [352 pp.]
Jenkins, Philip. The New Faces of Christianity. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0195368512, Pub. Price $15.95 [200 pp.]
Karkkainen, Veli-Matti. An Introduction to Ecclesiology. InterVarsity Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-0830826889, Pub. Price $20.00 [200 pp.]
Newbigin, Lesslie. The Open Secret. Eerdmans, 1995. ISBN: 978-0802808295, Pub. Price $19.00 [186 pp.]
Tickle, Phyllis. Emergence Christianity. Baker Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-0801013553, $19.99 [200 pp.]
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: A required core competency course in the MACCS degree (CSCC). Seminary core requirement (SCR) for MATM, MAICS, MAFS, MACL (effective Winter 2010). Meets MDiv core requirement in Missions (MIN 8). Meets globalization (GLBL) requirement for SOT MA programs.
FINAL EXAMINATION: None.
NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.