This course examines the biblical and theological principles, challenges, and opportunities that liturgies offer the church as God’s agent for reconciliation in a fallen world. Students will study a variety of contextualized liturgies using a blend of ancient future practices that draw from the deep tradition of the Church and make use of the richness of the arts as a way to communicate hope and grace.
Foundations of Mission and Ministry I (REL‑253)
Foundations of Mission and Ministry I
An introductory study of the biblical and theological foundations and the historical development of mission. Selected current issues and problems will be examined.
Foundations of Mission and Ministry II (REL‑254)
Foundations of Mission and Ministry II
This course builds on REL-253 in theological and practical ways. Students examine the Biblical imperative for Gospel proclamation in order to provide the theological framework for understanding the Church’s role in Missio Dei. Cultural anthropology addresses the question of the faithful contextualization of the Gospel in human contexts so that people believe and communities are transformed. Students will study intercultural communication theory and practice to encourage a greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities of announcing the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Spiritual Formation for Ministry (REL‑255)
Spiritual Formation for Ministry
This course seeks to ground students in an understanding of ministry shaped by Trinitarian theology. Furthermore, it offers a variety of tools to enable students to develop spiritual practices drawn from ancient, tested traditions to encourage a balanced spiritual life that can sustain the challenges and joys of ministry.