FCS5400EN - Issues in the Intersection of Faith and Community Services

Course description

A critique of the rationale, nature and practice of holistic mission in relation to the mission of God. The course explores practical implications of the intersection of gospel-centered witness, the kingdom of God, and the mission of God. Students will evaluate evangelical formulations as expressed in the Lausanne Covenant, Wheaton Consultation, the Manila Manifesto, the Cape Town Commitment, and other resources that address the church in response to human needs. Students will create personal faith and contextualized action statements on a variety of issues including evangelism and social responsibility, reconciliation and redemption, poverty, inequality, social justice, holistic and integral mission, peoples at-risk, social change and transformation.

How this course benefits students

Overwhelming global human needs are a given. But what is the response to the needs that God calls his people to accomplish? Formulating biblical outcomes is essential to the fulfillment of lifelong service in the mission of God. Understanding the range of responses that arise from across the Christian spectrum is crucial to finding one’s place on that continuum.

Why this course is important

With overwhelming human needs around the globe, missional practitioners need to know how to integrate their faith with their community service. This course brings together the writings of academic practitioners in holistic mission with the opportunity for students to create their own biblically-based faith and action statements to guide their missional practice.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Faith Community Services
Educational level
Master
Learning type
Instructional
Prerequisites
None
Upcoming terms*
  • 2021-04 (March 7, 2022 - May 1, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Professor
Dr. Abiola Olagbami, Professor of Christian Social Work

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Students explore biblical passages that speak to the issues surfaced in the course centered on a balance of “Word” proclamation and “Deed” dcmonstration.

Missionally driven

Since the mission of God encompasses the reconciliation of all things unto God, missional Christians should be driven by both evangelism and social responsibility, gospel-centered witness and kingdom-centered compassion, prophetic witness and social justice action, and ecological witness and creation care. This course draws these themes together.

Contextually informed

Compassion respondents will need to consider the consequences of their actions within specific cultural contexts. Issues of indigeniety and co-dependency in the delivery of compassion ministries will be considered.

Interculturally focused

Often compassion respondents will need to cross cultural barriers in order to meet human needs. This course will address issues of delivery across cultures.

Practically minded

The focus of the course is creating understanding for the integration of faith and practice in community service settings.

Experientially transformed

The course provides the foundation for actions to be taken later in an internship setting.