Advanced Theology for Ministry Practitioners

June 6, 2022 - June 10, 2022
June 6-10, 2022. Synchronous Times TBA.

Covenant and Treaty in Biblical and North American Indigenous Perspective – In conjunction with the NAIITS: Indigenous Learning Community’s annual symposium from Jun 3–5, this course will focus on the historical and modern notions of treaty in the North American  Indigenous context, with a view to comparing and drawing insight from the biblical teachings of covenant.

The Holy Spirit in Christian Ministry – This course is designed to examine biblical, historical and contemporary theological writings concerning the Holy Spirit. Attention is given to fundamental theological questions regarding the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit, biblically, throughout Church History, and in modern times. Emphasis will also be given to several of the more controversial doctrines of the Holy Spirit in this current era. The role of the Holy Spirit in Christian ministry will be a major and continued focus of our time together.

Theology of Political Reconciliation – In this course students will develop a theology of political reconciliation through the lens of collective ethical responsibility. They will explore the place of social sin, forgiveness, and repentance in political reconciliation, and consider the tension between individual and collective responsibility. Students will apply their learning to contemporary contexts as they consider the political role of the church, and what it means for Christian leaders to be ambassadors of reconciliation.

Missional God, Missional Church – Modernity. Postmodernity. Liquid Modernity. Post-Christian. After Christendom. Secular Age. New Paganism. New Atheism. None. Done. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. The analyses of our cultural moment in relation to the gospel seem unending. and the danger is that we can be paralyzed by these analyses. What we need in this time is a return to God, a deep understanding of God’s mission in the world, and the call of God’s people to that mission in this time. This course in “theological integration” will bring together a Trinitarian account of God’s life and mission, a Christological account of the sending of God’s people, and a Pneumatological account of the mission of God’s people in all times and places. Woven through all of this will be cultural analysis and engagement with the realities of ministry and mission in light of the final reality of the Gospel.