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M8505 Equipping your People for Ministry

  • Unit Code & NameM8505 Equipping your People for Ministry
  • DescriptionAlthough this unit is run as an intensive, its focus is for students to learn about and experience the major Wesleyan components of discipleship formation. It emphasizes the importance of relationship with Jesus as the foundation for mission. Together students will develop a plan for transforming lives and systems where they are ministering.

    This unit will introduce students to Biblically grounded and culturally adapted approaches to following Jesus in the contemporary context. It will investigate theories and practices of discipleship, spiritual transformation and disciple making for the 21st century.
  • DisciplineChristian Life and Ministry
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester1, 2017
  • Delivery ModeIntensive
  • Date30 January - 3 February, 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning ActivitiesThe content for this unit will be taught as an intensive week run by Dr Bryan Sims from Asbury Theological Seminary and pre and post intensive activities run by Dr Evelyn Hibbert. Students will form covenant groups and work together on a ministry assignment.

    Learning activities include the intensive face-to-face classes, recruiting and participating in a covenant group, online discussions and co-constructing a Wiki describing good approaches to disciple-making. Students also prepare a ministry action plan which must be discussed with and endorsed by their supervisory leadership.
  • AssessmentsAssessments for this unit include a log of activity and reflection on the weekly covenant (discipleship) group, a summary and reflection on a book on discipleship and responses to colleagues' summaries and reflections online. Students also prepare a ministry action plan for their local ministry context.
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Critically appraise the Biblical material and theological issues relating to discipleship
    2. Explain why and how different approaches to making disciples are employed in differing cultural and contextual situations
    3. Explain the role and place of a disciple in the public arena
    4. Construct a contextually adapted discipleship pathway for a given setting
    5. Integrate theories of discipleship with personal critical reflection on the foundational importance and practical application of discipleship to Christian life and ministry
  • Text BooksStudents must purchase:

    Harper, Steve. Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition: A Workbook. Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books, 2001 (159 pages). ISBN 0-8358-0740-1

    PLUS ONE of the following 5 books (you will be asked to indicate your choice in Booth Online to ensure an even distribution across the class)

    1. Hirsch, Alan and Debra. Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2010.

    2. Henderson, D. Michael. A Model for Making Disciples: John Wesley?s Class Meeting. Nappanee, IN: Warner Press Publishers, 2011.

    3. Ogden, Greg. Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2003.

    4. Rath, Tom and Barry Conchie. Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow. New York, NY: Gallup Press, 2008. Please Note: You must purchase this exact text as a NEW text in order to take the on-line Strength?s Finder Inventory found within.

    5. Roxburgh, Alan J. Missional Map-Making: Skills For Leading In Times Of Transition. San Francisco: Josey-Bass, 2010.