A Theology of Relational Ministry

 
 

This unit is about the theology and practice of relational or incarnational ministry. Students will be led through the historical, sociological, and theological presumptions that brought these practices to the forefront of ministry and theology today, and then be invited to re-imagine the practice within a deeper theological perspective that is more affirming of the theology of the Incarnation and the humanity of people in our world. By both deconstructing and then reconstructing the practice, the unit offers a truly relational theology of ministry and of human personhood.

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Identify the historical and cultural presumptions of the practice of relational ministry;
  2. Evaluate relationality as a theological reality;
  3. Articulate a practical theological method for exploring lived contexts for their theological depth;
  4. Level 3: Exhibit independent and critical responses for theological reflection on the question of human relationality in specific ministry contexts.
  5. Level 9: Demonstrate competence in formulating research criteria and methods for engaging in theological reflection on ministry.

 

Dates: 30 January–3 February 2017.

 

Where: Whitley College, Theological Studies Centre, 50 The Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne. Whitley College is easily accessible by tram or train. Metered all-day car parking is also available in surrounding streets. 

 

Fees

  • If taken for credit (Undergraduate; Levels 2 & 3)                 $ 1,470
  • If taken for credit (Postgraduate; Level 9)                          $ 2,286
  • If taken as an audit student:                                             $   500
FEE-HELP available for eligible students taking the unit for credit. Participants are also eligible to apply for a bursary to assist with costs.
 

Accommodation 

Accommodation is available (limited places) at Whitley College at a rate of $70 per night per person. This rate includes:

  • Accommodation in a single student room
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals
  • Internet access in the rooms (bring your own Ethernet cable)

Lunch is optionally available for non-residential students in the College dining room for a small daily fee. 

 

Applications and Registrations

To register (and/or for information about bursaries), contact our Registrar on 03 9340 8100 or by email.

 

Program

Pre-reading (All participants are expected to have read at least one of these two books prior to beginning the unit. The books will be used to inform the discussions around the films)

  • Amanda Hontz Drury, Saying is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual Development (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015)

  • Kathryn Tanner, Jesus, Humanity, and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2001)

 
Day 1 (30 January)
Introduction (0900–1000)
Listening exercise and discussion (1015–1100)
Lecture: An Overview of Practical Theology (1100–1300)
Lunch (1300–1400)
Group work and Individual reading (1400–1500)
Lecture: The Relational Crisis (1500–1630)
Film 1 and discussion (1630–1800)
 
Day 2 (31 January)
Listening exercise and discussion (0900–1000)
Lecture: Identity, Faith, and Relationality (1015–1145)
Precept on Film 1 (1200–1300)
Lunch (1300–1400)
Group work and Individual reading (1400–1500)
Lecture: The Changing View of the Pastor: Toward the Relational (1500–1630)
Film 2 and discussion (1630–1800)
 
Day 3 (1 February)
Listening exercise and discussion (0900–1000)
Lecture: From Influence to Place Sharing (1015–1145)
Precept on Film 2 (1200–1300)
Lunch (1300–1400)
Group work and Individual reading (1400–1500)
Film 3 and discussion (1500–1600)
Break
Public Lecture: What is the Theological Turn in Youth Ministry? Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1930–2100)
 
Day 4 (2 February)
Listening exercise and discussion (0900–1000)
Lecture: From the Idea to the Person (1015–1145)
Precept on Film 3 (1200–1300)
Lunch (1300–1400)
Group work and Individual reading (1400–1500)
Film 4 and discussion (1500–1630)
 
Day 5 (3 February)
Listening exercise and discussion (0900–1000)
Lecture: The Shape of Faithful Place-sharing (1015–1145)
Precept on Film 4 (1200–1300)
Lunch (1300–1400)
Debrief and conclusion (1400–1530)
 
Assessments
 
For Level 2:
Essay: 2,000 words
Book Review: 1,000 words
Seminar Paper: 1,000 words
 
For Level 3:
Essay: 3,000 words
Book Review: 1,000 words
Seminar Paper: 1,000 words
 
For Level 9:
Essay: 3,500 words
Book Review: 1,500 words
Seminar Paper: 1,000 words
 
 
Recommended reading
 
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Christ the Center. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1960.
Drury, Amanda Hontz. Saying is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual Development. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015.
Lieberman, Matthew D. Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired Connect. New York, NY: Crown, 2013.
Osmer, Richard. Practical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: WM. B. Eerdmans, 2008.
Root, Andrew. The Relational Pastor. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.
––––––––. Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.
––––––––. Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014.
Smith, Christian. American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1998.
––––––––. What is a Person? Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, 2010.
Tanner, Kathryn. Jesus, Humanity, and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2001.
Torrance, Thomas F. Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
Zizioulas, John D. Communion & Otherness. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2006.
 

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