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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module THMN43630: Mission and Ecclesiology: Critical Frameworks for Pioneering

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

THMN43630: Mission and Ecclesiology: Critical Frameworks for Pioneering

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2020/21


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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; mission theology and ethnographic contributions to the field.
  • Block 2: A critical discussion of themes in the sociology of religion, theological themes in mission studies, and explorations of implications of missiology for ecclesiology and missional practice.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, the student will have:
  • •A detailed, in depth knowledge of the resources of the Christian tradition in respect of missiology and ecclesiology and the interaction between the two disciplines
  • A critical analysis of the particular ecclesiological issues which arise from engaging in contextual mission and the development of new ecclesial communities
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module, the student will :
  • be equipped to understand, research 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:
  • By the end of the module, the student will have:
  • Demonstrated clear written and verbal communication of their research, reading and observations.
  • Developed research based skills
  • Observed and reflected on practice

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

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 Block 1 1.5 hours 9
Lectures 9 During Block 2 1.5 hours 13.5
Fieldwork 4 Between Blocks 2 hours 8
Preparation and Reading 269.5
Total 300

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 essay comprised of a theological refelction on 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