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Re-imagining Church in a Changing Culture

  • Course Dates: Mon 1 April 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 April 2019, 2:00 pm

Much has been written about the dramatic decline in Church membership and attendance as evidence of ‘the death of Christian Britain’ since the 1960s to the present day, raising questions about the future of the institutional church in particular and ‘organised religion’ in general.

This module aims to go beyond such ‘headlines’ to equip students to understand and critique patterns of decline and growth which are characteristic of the church in the 21st century using both theological and sociological tools.

The Church in the UK will be ‘read’ in the wider context of social, religious and cultural change, and compared with the situation in Europe, America and the developing world. Both the challenges facing the contemporary church, and the responses offered, will be critically examined; with particular reference to patterns of community, mission and ministry.

This module will enable students to acquire the necessary tools to understand the Church in mission in contemporary culture. It will offer the opportunity to appraise new ways of being Church and assess different types of Church growth both past and present. Students will be encouraged to learn about different cultures and explore different theologies in relation to mission e.g. liberation theologies, black theologies green theologies and the contemporary missional conversation.

Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.

Contact the MA Administrator for all booking enquiries
maadministrator@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424827  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Tutor:
Beth Dodd is Director of Studies for the Centre for Formation in Ministry and Associate Coordinator of the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College. She teaches doctrine, church history and theology, arts and culture, and published on theology and literature. Colin Greene is the Coordinator for the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture and Programme Leader for the MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture. His interests include biblical hermeneutics and the intersection of theology and contemporary culture. Tim Harle is the Coordinator for the Centre for Leadership Learning at Sarum College and a Visiting Fellow at Bristol Business School. He his an author and speaker on leadership and change. Guest lecturers to be confirmed.
Course Code:
2613
Course Price:
£370 non-residential; £540 residential