Drawing on the growing literature on reflective practice and congregational studies, this course will enable participants to develop their skills in theological reflection on such topics as: management of change and conflict, the understanding of structures, organizations and power issues, group dynamics, and professional ethics and boundaries. It is intended particularly for those whose roles include leadership of churches or community organizations, strategic thinking, and the development of vision.
Contextual theology is at the core of the missional imagination. This course will expose the students to various methods and resources to equip him or her to do contextual theology.
One of the biggest challenges of the local missional community is that of change. How can the community both (a) seek to change in proactive ways to keep in step with God’s movement, and (b) deal with external forces that necessitate adaptation in times of discontinuous change. This course will introduce and equip the student to understand and lead in this context.
The course will draw upon biblical models for community structure and leadership.
The missional community is assumed congregational unit in this course.
The local missional community is contextually embedded and must be equipped to discern the Spirit’s movement in discontinuous change.
The methods of leadership taught in this course will take into consideration the various cultural contexts and nuances.
This course will be grounded in the lived experience of the local missional community and provide case studies to work through various methodologies.
This course is grounded in the lived experience of the local missional community.