THC6160EN - Advanced Methods and Resources in Contextual Theology

Course description

Enables students to develop and evaluate contextual approaches to the Bible, mission, and congregational studies. It will analyze different models of contextual theology, and explore the way in which the classic theological disciplines of biblical studies and systematic theology relate to and interact with the theory and practice of contextual theology.

How this course benefits students

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.

Why this course is important

Contextual theology is vital to the missional imagination. God is at work in every context and the missional leader’s task is to facilitate the local community in the communal process of discerning God’s movement and joining God in it. This course will expose the student to various approaches to this task.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Contextual Theology
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Stephen Lim, Professor of Contextual Theology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The scripture is a contextually located document, and the Biblical component of this course will equip the student with a contextual hermeneutic.

Missionally driven

The missional imagination is centered in the contextualization of the Good News of Jesus.

Contextually informed

This is the heart of the course. It is vital to learn the methods of contextual theology.

Interculturally focused

Contextual theology is inherently intercultural, in that all cultures must be engaged in order to find the context within which to do theology.

Practically minded

Contextual theology embraces the reality that theology is not an abstract process of constructing a theological model, but is the lived experience of engaging God in community.

Experientially transformed

Contextual theology is inherently experiential as it engages communicative action