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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module THMN43630: How Mission can Shape the Church: Mission and Ecclesiology in the Contemporary Context

Department: Theology and Ministry

THMN43630: How Mission can Shape the Church: Mission and Ecclesiology in the Contemporary Context

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None.


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • To develop reflective practitioners in the development of fresh expressions of church who are equipped to supervise and teach others in these disciplines


  • Topics covered will include:
  • Block 1: An introduction to fresh expressions of church and the mixed economy; recent developments in missiology; contemporary ecclesiology and fresh expressions; Anglican and Methodist identities; developing case studies and theological reflection.
  • Block 2: Student led seminars in fresh expressions with detailed feedback from staff; staff led seminars on particular issues identified by students through observations; teaching and learning for pioneer ministry; conclusions and outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will gain an in-depth understanding of:
  • The resources of the Christian tradition in respect of missiology and ecclesiology and the interaction between the two disciplines
  • The particular ecclesiological issues which arise from engaging in contextual mission and the development of new ecclesial communities
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will be equipped to understand and reflect theologically on the process of the formation and development of fresh expressions of church within the rapidly developing field in Great Britain.
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

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    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Lectures 12 During Block 1 1 hour 12
    Seminars 10 During Block 2 1.5 hours 15
    Fieldwork 4 Between Blocks 2 hours 8

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Essay 5000 words 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    Feedback will be given on a review of a 2,500 word review of a major written work in mission or ecclesiology and a student led seminar, comprising a case study/observation of a fresh expression of church. Feedback to students will comprise dialogue in seminars, and written feedback on the book review. Staff will also be available for individual consultation.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University