This course is designed to help pastoral leaders discern the theological basis for as well as the strengths and limitations of models of being church in the 21st century. Drawing upon Scriptural origins, classic typologies, and contemporary research, course participants will have the opportunity to participate in emerging forms of church and engage with some of the pastoral leaders who are creating and facilitating them.
Together we will learn how to define the characteristics of as well as analyze the opportunities and constraints inherent to various church models and movements including “ministry in daily life,” ministry development, emerging and emergent church, fresh expressions, house churches, megachurches (electronified worship and satellite preaching), religion online and online religion (esp Second Life), and independent church. By the end of the course, participants will be able:
- To identify and discuss images of church that emerged with the first Christians and that evolved over time as contexts changed into new models for subsequent generations
- To create a framework for comparing and contrasting contemporary church expressions
- To differentiate models of pastoral leadership and ministerial preparation necessary for each model of church
- To articulate one’s own theology of church and vision of pastoral leadership within it
- To learn how to create, use, and analyze the values and limitations of blogs for communicating with faith community members and potential members.