OPEN JAN 13, 2020 – MAR 18, 2020 1,050 $
Ecclesiology
“Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God, but what resulted was the Church.” This quote from the French theologian Alfred Loisy (1857-1940), draws the entire set of problems of the Church, as well as the theology of the church (Ecclesiology) to a sharp point. The sentence could be read, on the one hand, as an expression of disappointment. Following the great and hopeful proclamation of the in breaking of God’s rule, nothing more has resulted that an institution created by humans that is as weak and fallible as that institution’s designers and purveyors. On the other hand, the quote by Loisy could be understood in a much more positive light. The kingdom of God is expressed here on earth through the form and the labors of the Church. Seen thusly, the Church has a huge significance in the unfolding of God’s redemption plan. Somewhere between these two interpretations is where the Church is to be found in its complex reality.
Ever since its beginnings, The Church has always been much more than a random or nonessential part of Christian existence. Already in the earliest confessions and creeds of Christendom, one finds That the Church is affirmed as an essential content of the Christian faith. The Christian faith is expressed in terms of fellowship with other believers. From earliest days, a solely private and individually Christian faith is by definition unthinkable. From this reality results therefore responsibility of the Christian Church to create and demonstrate clarity regarding the Church’s mission, place and function, and its purpose and goal in its existence. The fulfillment of this responsibility is the task of the discipline of Ecclesiology.
TIME COMMITMENT6 HOURS PER WEEK
DURATION8 WEEKS + RESEARCH
PACETUTOR GUIDED
MODULSYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
COURSE LANGUAGEENGLISH
VIDEO TRANSCRIPTAVAILABLE IN ENGLISH
DIFFICULTYINTERMEDIATE
CREDIT HOURS4
TOTAL TIME126 HOURS IN TOTAL INCL. LECTURE AND RESEARCH

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What you´ll learn

Ecclesiology: Doctrine of the Church, different church structures
“Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God, but what resulted was the Church.” This quote from the French theologian Alfred Loisy (1857-1940), draws the entire set of problems of the Church, as well as the theology of the church (Ecclesiology) to a sharp point. The sentence could be read, on the one hand, as an expression of disappointment. Following the great and hopeful proclamation of the in breaking of God’s rule, nothing more has resulted that an institution created by humans that is as weak and fallible as that institution’s designers and purveyors. On the other hand, the quote by Loisy could be understood in a much more positive light. The kingdom of God is expressed here on earth through the form and the labors of the Church. Seen thusly, the Church has a huge significance in the unfolding of God’s redemption plan. Somewhere between these two interpretations is where the Church is to be found in its complex reality.
Ever since its beginnings, The Church has always been much more than a random or nonessential part of Christian existence. Already in the earliest confessions and creeds of Christendom, one finds That the Church is affirmed as an essential content of the Christian faith. The Christian faith is expressed in terms of fellowship with other believers. From earliest days, a solely private and individually Christian faith is by definition unthinkable. From this reality results therefore responsibility of the Christian Church to create and demonstrate clarity regarding the Church’s mission, place and function, and its purpose and goal in its existence. The fulfillment of this responsibility is the task of the discipline of Ecclesiology.

Course Goals

  • The student articulates the nature of the Church in Its Pl. in Christian faith and life.
  • The student describes the significant identifiers and practices of the Church.
  • The student summarizes different models of the Church.
  • The student describes the mission of the Church in the world.

Acquired Skills

  • Naming the biblical foundations for the doctrine of the Church.
  • Describing the historical development of the Church.
  • Developing an individual understanding of the Church within a broad ecclesiological tradition and reflecting upon it.
  • Critically engaging contemporary issues involving church planting and mission.
OPEN JAN 13, 2020 – MAR 18, 2020
1,050 $

Contents of the course in detail

Ecclesiology: Doctrine of the Church, different church structures
  • Biblical foundations of Ecclesiology
  • Main elements of the Church
  • Significant practices of the Church
  • Overview of various structural theories in Ecclesiology

Faculty

To be announced

Final exam

Online test

Evaluation and Grading

Reflection paper #1 (20%).
Reflection paper #2 (20%).
Reflection paper #3 (20%).
Term paper (40%).

Preparatory tasks for the students

required reading (40 hours)

Proof of achievement

to be announced

Required Reading

To be announced.

Additional Bibliography

To be announced.