EM723-6 - Missional Spirituality
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Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
- The connection between Missional theology, Ecclesiology and Spirituality.
- The core concepts of a missional spirituality eg Kenosis, Trinitarian, Pneumatology, Incarnation.
B. Be able to
- Discuss Theology, Ecclesiology, and Missional Spirituality
- Critically Reflect on Christian Spirituality relating to the areas of inwardness, consumerism and disembodiment.
- Compare and contrast historical missional spiritualities
- Articulate an understanding of their relationship with God from a missional perspective
C. Be in a position to
- Apply missional practices in their daily lives for transformation.
- Reflect the Missio Dei as the practices are applied.
- Implement missional practices in a church or organization
Section A: Missional Theology, Ecclesiology and Spirituality.
- Defining the terms ‘missional’ and spirituality theologically.
- Understanding the connection between missional theology and ecclesiology that enables the spiritual formation of a church.
- Discerning a missional spirituality in the Bible.
- Critiquing traditional interpretations of Christian spirituality.
- Learning from the majority world with respect to the unity of mission and spirituality.
- Identifying the broader search for spirituality in our Western culture and critiquing contemporary expressions of Christian spirituality. Contrasting this to a missional expression. Naming challenges to a missional spirituality such as consumerism, excarnation, disenchantment, pragmatism as seen in Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age.
Section B: Historical Missional Spirituality
- A brief exposure to two historical expressions of missional spirituality; Celtic spirituality and the Benedictine movement.
- Comparing these expressions of missional spirituality to the emergence of the ‘New Monasticism’ in contemporary culture and critically assessing this application.
Section C: Missional disciplines for Spiritual Formation
- The purpose of and also misuse of spiritual disciplines in spiritual formation. Discerning and reframing contemporary cultural narratives to a kingdom narrative.
- Reviewing and assessing theories of formation which produce transformed disciples.
- Discussing, developing and assessing missional practices for the purpose of formation according to the missio Dei.
- Application of missional practices in a church/organisational context for the purpose of missional transformation.
No set texts are presecribed
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Hastings, Ross., Missional God, Missional Church (Downers Grove: IVP, 2012).
Helland, Roger and Leonard Hjalmarson., Missional Spirituality: Embodying God’s Love from the Inside Out (Downers Grove: IVP, 2011).
Holt, Simon Carey., The God Next Door (Brunswick: Acorn Press, 2007).
Hunter, George III., The Celtic Way of Evangelism (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010).
Jones, Barry., Dwell: Life with God for the World (Downers Grove: IVP, 2014)
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Morey, Tim., Embodying our Faith: Becoming a Living, Sharing, Practicing Church (Downers Grove: IVP, 2009).
Pohl, Christine., Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999).
Scandrette, Mark., Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love (Downers Grove: IVP, 2011).
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Sheldrake, Phillip. The Spiritual City: Theology, Spirituality and the Urban (Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
Sparks, Paul, Soerens, Tim, Friesen J., The New Parish: How Neighbourhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community (Downers Grove, IVP, 2014).
Stead, Julian,. St Benedict: A Rule for Beginners (Hyde Park: New York City Press, 2012).
Smith, Christopher and Pattison, John., Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (Downers Grove: IVP, 2014).
Tacey The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality (New York: Routledge, 2004).
Tyra, Gary., The Holy Spirit in Mission (Downers Grove: IVP, 2006).
Underhill, Evelyn., The Spiritual Life (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1937).
Willard, Dallas, Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002.