PC025-712 - Denominational Distinctives
2,679 Standard Tuition Fee
Category developing unitB
pastoral churchUnit Discipline
96cps of study, including 36 cps at AQF level 6
Prior to 2020, this unit content was delivered under the unit code PC416. Unit exclusions: PC089-512
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
Demonstrate Functional knowledge and understanding of denominational distinctives.
B. Be able to
1. Discuss the emergence and development of a selected denominational tradition
2. Critically Analyse the distinctive beliefs and culture of the selected denominational tradition
3.Assess with reference to a particular congregation the contemporary issues and opportunities in the selected denominational tradition
4. Present Critical evidence-based perspectives on the selected denominational tradition
C. Be in a position to
1. Applying perspectives and skills from ‘Denominational Distinctives’ to contemporary Christian living and ministry practice as a reflective practitioner
- The historical origins of the tradition selected, taking account of both historical, sociological, cultural, ecclesial, theological and spiritual factors.
- Major events significant for the formation of the pastoral ethos and distinctive theological and ministerial rationale of the tradition selected for study;
- Significant figures in the tradition concerned, both men and women, at least one ‘lay’ and one “ordained”.
- The distinctive theological motifs or beliefs of the tradition and their pastoral and structural consequences (local, national and global).
- Relationships with other Christian traditions, the wider community and Australian society.
- Contemporary tensions, growth points and opportunities in the tradition selected, illustrated by a case study of a particular congregation.
The unit assumes that candidates will study the tradition of which they are a part but this is not a requirement. In either case, candidates should utilise the opportunity to explore their own vocation in relation to both opportunities and challenges presented to them by the tradition concerned.
This unit's indicative bibliography is currently being revised. Students should contact their home college for further details at the time of taking this unit.
Brackney, W. H. (ed), Baptist Life and Thought: A Source Book (Rev. ed.; Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1998).
Freeman, C. W. et al., Baptist Roots: A Reader in the Theology of a Christian People (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1999).
Brackney, W. H., A Genetic History of Baptist Thought: With Special Reference to Baptists in Britain and North America (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2004).
Goodwin, E. C., The New Hiscox Guide for Baptist Churches (Valley Forge,PA: Judson Press, 1995).
Leonard, B. J., Baptist Ways: A History (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2003).
Manley, K. R., From Woolloomooloo to ‘Eternity’: A History of Australian Baptists 2 vols. (Milton Keynes, U.K.: Paternoster, 2006).
Pierard, R. V. (ed.), Baptists Together in Christ 1905-2005: A Hundred-Year History of the Baptist World Alliance (Birmingham, AL: Samford University Press, 2005).
Weaver, C. D., In Search of the New Testament Church: The Baptist Story (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2008).
Wright, N., Free Church, Free State: The Positive Baptist Vision (Milton Keynes, U.K.: Paternoster, 2005).
Lumpkin, W. L., Baptist Confessions of Faith (Rev. ed.; Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1969).
McBeth, H. L., The Baptist Heritage (Nashville, TN: Broadman, 1987).
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