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in partnership with the Dioceses of

Bradford

Ripon & Leeds

Sheffield

Wakefield

York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

 

THPS 5780M

 

 

Mission in Local Context

 

for Initial Ministerial Education Years 5 and 6

 

2010-2011

 

This module is part of the University of Leeds Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Theology and Pastoral Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module leader: John Wigfield, MA, PhD Candidate. YMC Tutor

The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield WF14 OBW

Tel. 01924 481912

Email: john@ymc.org.uk

 

 

 

Assistant Tutor

Revd Dr Gavin Wakefield, Diocese of York

Email: Gavin.Wakefield@yorkdiocese.org

 

 

 

 

 

Mission in Local Context

 

 

Welcome

This module enables students to explore Christian missiological studies from a sociological and theological perspective. Students will use their own local congregation(s) and community and study how the congregation participates in mission within that context.  There will be an emphasis on developing professional practice for the minister in relation to their congregation’s participation in mission. 

 

 

Module Objectives

 

At the end of this module, students should show evidence of being able to:

 

1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of Christian missiology, with regard both to formal models of mission and to the transfer of those models in actual local contexts

 

2.  Interpret and analyse the self-narratives of a local community, using a variety of methodological resources drawn from, for example, sociology, anthropology and contextual theologies

 

3. Creatively and critically evaluate the self-narrative(s) of a local church, and their relation to those of its local community, especially with reference to the (implicit or explicit) missiological dimensions of those narratives

 

4. Take a proactive and self-reflective role in developing models of professional practice and relationships at the interface between the church-in-mission and its local context

 

 

Learning outcomes

 

. . On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate

 

 

 

1.Critical understanding of Christian missiology, with regard both to formal models of mission and to the transfer of those models to actual local contexts.

2.Ability to employ a variety of methods to critically interpret and analyse local churches as specific examples of Christian thinking and practice.

3.Ability to take a proactive and self-reflective role in developing models of professional practice and relationships at the interface between the church and its local context.

 

4.Ability to conduct independent research sufficient to gain an MA level mastery of the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

Outline syllabus

 

The syllabus will offer a number of tools and resources for the analysis of the church-in-mission in its local context, divided into four groups of teaching and learning sessions.  Each of the four will focus especially on one of the following:

 

missiology, both as the formal study of Christian mission and in its application to actual local situations

sociological study of religion in contemporary local communities

anthropological study of religion in contemporary local communities

organisational studies with special reference to the church-in-mission.

 

Practitioners will also provide case studies of innovative mission initiatives in contemporary local communities  

 

 

                   

Teaching Methods

 

Lectures and seminars: 20 hours

 

 

Independent Study (including preparation for assessments)

 

279  hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment

 

 

1. Group presentation (20%)

 

Each group will make a 25 minute presentation on the communities and churches that its members come from, especially drawing attention to the different self narratives found within them and analysing how the missiological relationship between each church and community can be characterised.

 

Visual media can be included in the presentation.  Evidence of collaborative working will be required.  

 

 

2. Case study 4500-5000 words (80%). 

 

Drawing on study of a local church and community and the academic literature, an analysis and reflection on (i) the relationship between that church and community (ii) how the mission of God is being expressed and could be expressed in that relationship (iii) the place of the ordained minister within that.

 

 

Hand in or post to the YMC office, The Mirfield Centre, Stocks Bank Road, Mirfield WF14 OBW by 31st August 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Timetable

 

 

 

10am Opening reflection +Intro to day

Lecture 1

10:15-11:15 am

Coffee and group work

 

(Based on lecture 1)

 

11:15-12:10

 

Lecture 2

12:15-1:00 pm

Lunch

(Bring your own)

13:00-13:45

Afternoon session

 

13:45-16:00

 

(see below)

9 Oct

 

  Theological:

 

Revd Dr Gavin Wakefield

 

Bevans  & Schroeder- four models of mission

 

Theological

 

Revd Dr Stephen Spencer

 

Worked example

 

 

13 Nov

 

Sociological

 

Dr Matthew Guest,

Dept. Of Theology and Religion, University of Durham

 

Panel:

 

Dr Matthew Guest,

Revd Matthew Porter,

Revd Sue Wallace

 

Chair: Revd Dr Gavin Wakefield

 

 

5 Feb

 

Anthropological

 

Prof. Douglas Davies,

Dept. Of Theology and Religion, University of Durham

 

Anthropological

 

Prof Douglas Davies

 

 

12 March

SS

Organisational

 

Speaker TBC

 

Presentation of Cameron’s approach to Organisational

 

Organisational

 

Speaker TBC

 

Practitioner case study ; worked example

 

 

 

 

 

Afternoon sessions

 

9 October

 

13:45-15:00 : Guidance on preparing presentations; Revd Dr’s Stephen

  Spencer & Gavin Wakefield.

  Then presentation preparation in groups.

15:00-15:15 : Tea

15:15-16:00 : Guidance on reading/assignment; Revd Dr Stephen Spencer 

 

13 November

 

13:45-14:30 : Presentation/ seminar. Dr. Matthew Guest.

14:30-14:45 : Tea

14:45-16:00 : Presentation preparation in groups

 

5 February

 

13:45-14:15  - Set up presentations

14:15-15:00 – Presentation, group 1

15:05-15:50 – Presentation, group  2

 

12 March

 

13:45-14:15 -  Set up presentations

14:15-15:00 – Presentation, group 3

15:05-15:50 – Presentation group  4

 

 

Introductory reading

 

Helen Cameron et al (2005), Studying Local Churches: A Handbook, SCM Press, especially Section 2.

 

 

Set texts

 

Stephen B. Bevans and Roger P. Schroeder (2004), Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today, Orbis

 

Matthew Guest (2007), Evangelical Identity and Contempoarary Culture: A Congregational Study in Innovation, Milton Keynes: Paternoster

 

Douglas Davies (2002), Anthropology and Theology, New York: Berg

 

Cameron, Helen, (2010), Resourcing Mission: Practical Theology for changing churches, Norwich: Canterbury Press

Indicative Bibliography

 

Mission in Context

 

Bevans, Stephen, & Roger Schroeder (2004), Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.

 

Bosch, David (1991), Transforming Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.

 

Church of England  (2004), Mission-Shaped Church: a report from the Mission and Public Affairs Council, Church House Publishing

 

Croft, Steven, ed (2008), Mission-shaped Questions, Church House Publishing

 

Gibbs, Eddie and Bolger, Ryan K. (2006), Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures, SPCK

 

Hopkinson, Bell and Wilmott (eds) (2009), Re-shaping Rural Ministry, Norwich: Canterbury Press

 

Hull, John M. (2006), Mission-Shaped Church: A Theological Response, SCM Press

 

Percy, Martyn and Louise Nelstrop (2008), Evaluating Fresh Expressions, Church House Publishing

 

Spencer, Stephen (2007), SCM Studyguide to Christian Mission, SCM Press

 

Spencer, Stephen (ed.) (2008), Mission and Migration, Cliff College Publishing

 

Yates, Timothy (ed.) (2006), Mission and the Next Christendom, Cliff College Publishing

 

 

Sociology of Religion

 

Ammerman, Nancy T. (1997), Congregation and Community, Rutgers University Press

 

Atherton, John (2003), Marginalisation. SCM

 

Bauman, Zygmunt (2005), Liquid Life, Polity Press

 

Brown, Callum (2001), The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularisation, Routledge

 

Cameron, Helen et al (2005) Studying Local Churches: A Handbook, SCM

 

Commission on Urban Life and Faith (2006), Faithful Cities: A call for celebration, vision and justice, Methodist Publishing House

 

Croft, Steven, ed, (2006), The Future of the Parish System, Church House Publishing

 

Davie, Grace (1994), Religion in Britain since 1945: Believing without Belonging, Blackwell

 

Davie, Grace (2002), Europe: the Exceptional Case. Parameters of Faith in the Modern World, DLT

 

Gallagher, Michael Paul (2003), An Introduction to Faith and Culture, 2nd edition, DLT

 

Guest, Matthew, Karin Tusting and Linda Woodhead (2004), Congregational Studies in the UK: Christianity in a Post-Christian Context, Aldershot: Ashgate

 

Guest, Matthew (2007), Evangelical Identity and Contempoarary Culture: A Congregational Study in Innovation, Milton Keynes: Paternoster

 

Heelas, Paul and Linda Woodhead (2005), The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is giving way to Spirituality, Blackwell

 

Middleton, J Richard and Brian J. Walsh (1995), ‘The Postmodern Condition’ in Truth is Stanger than it used to be:  Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age, SPCK

 

 

Anthropology of Religion

 

Arweck, Elisabeth, & Martin Stringer (eds.) (2002), Theorizing Faith: The Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Ritual. Birmingham: University of Birmingham Press.

 

Davies, Douglas (2002), Anthropology and Theology. New York: Berg.

 

Doctrine Commission of the C of E (2003), Being Human, Church House Publishing

 

Jenkins, Timothy (1999), Religion in English Everyday Life: An Ethnographic Approach. New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.

 

Lambek, Michael (2001), A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

 

 

Ecclesiology & Congregational Studies

 

Ammerman. Nancy, et al. (1997), Congregation & Community. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

 

Cameron, Helen (2005), Studying Local Churches. London: SCM.

 

Cameron, Helen, (2010), Resourcing Mission: Practical Theology for changing churches, Norwich: Canterbury Press

 

Croft, Stephen (2002), Transforming Communities. London: DLT.

 

Dulles, Avery (1987) (2nd edn.). Models of the Church. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan.

 

Guest, Matthew, K. Tusting and L. Woodhead (eds.) (2005), Congregational Studies in the UK. Aldershot: Ashgate.

 

Hopewell, James (1988), Congregation: Stories & Structures. London: SCM.

 

Phan, Peter C. (ed.) (2000), The Gift of the Church: A Textbook Ecclesiology in Honour of Patrick Granfield OSB. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.