THS6100EN - Advanced Theology of Community & Society

Course description

The role God intends for humanity in developing community and society as part of His created order is explored. It examines the theological doctrines of Creation, Fall, and Redemption, and the cultural mandate as the basis for humanity’s involvement in community. Students engage in analytical discussions, research, and presentations on the theology of Christian social engagement.

How this course benefits students

All humans are part of a culture and a society. The role a Christian plays in society should result not only in personal development but also be for God’s glory. This course leads the student to consider and understand God’s purpose in creation and the establishment of society. It explains salvation history, how God expects a person to respond to his saving love by being a steward of his created order for his glory. Students are able to personally apply what they learn to their own ministry contexts and help others understand and experience fruitfulness as a member of whatever society they belong to.

Why this course is important

This course helps students understand God’s ultimate purpose in the world as the establishment of human community for His glory. The Biblical and theological basis for human community and the place of individuals within each community is examined, discussed, and applied to personal and ministry contexts so that the student and those he/she ministers to will live up to God’s expectation for His ultimate glory.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course is based on a Biblical worldview and builds on Biblical themes. Specific focus is on texts such as Isaiah 1:16-17, which emphasize righteousness, justice, and defending the oppressed.

Missionally driven

The course prepares students to become missional leaders in their respective communities. They understand God’s mission for humankind and are willing to avail themselves as His instruments for change and transformation.

Contextually informed

Students apply the various principles of community theology into their respective contexts so that they can practically serve their communities thereby meeting the unique needs of the people they have been called to serve.

Interculturally focused

This course helps students understand God as a supra-cultural God and how the principles of community theology could be applied in different cultures without robbing any of their cultural distinctiveness.

Practically minded

This course gives students the practical tools and insights that they would need to engage their communities towards social reform for God’s glory.

Experientially transformed

This course not only focuses on the ideas and concepts that are taught, but also gives students the opportunity to apply them and live them out in their respective communities. They volunteer with Christian non-profits, local churches, etc. so as to gain hands-on experience about Christian social engagement for community transformation and for the glory of God.