TEJ4110EN - Theology of Possessions & Poverty

Course description

What are the theological and Biblical rationales for Christian charity? Students apply principles to develop a framework for serving the poor in the community with one’s God-given possessions. Group discussions, book reviews, research papers, quizzes, and other assignments help the student integrate faith with economics in a global situation of disparity between wealthy and poor communities.

How this course benefits students

Global economic reality demonstrates a great disparity between the rich and the poor. The reasons for this disparity must be examined theologically and through the social sciences. The student ministering in today’s world must be able to answer questions on the relationship between faith and economics and practically explain a theology of possessions and poverty. This course not only prepares the student to thoughtfully address the realities of rich and poor, but also equips him/her with the skills to meaningfully engage in the ministry of love and mercy so that the poor and the less privileged would be served.

Why this course is important

This course helps students understand God’s purpose behind the wealth of some and the poverty of others in society and how He expects the poor to acts towards the rich and the rich towards the poor, and ultimately how He expects all Christians, whether rich or poor, to act for His glory. The course furthermore equips the student to practically implement ministry in contexts of economic disparity.

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

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course is based on a biblical worldview and builds on texts such as James 1:27, which point to the practical and compassionate side of Christian life and ministry.

Missionally driven

The course prepares students to become compassionate missional leaders in their respective communities, whether rich or poor. They demonstrate an understanding of God’s mission for man and a willingness to avail themselves as His instruments for change and transformation, especially in communities of great economic need.

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 will be able to 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.