Church & Community: Introduction to the Public Ministry of the Church

Annette Wright
Instructor: Annette Wright
Code: MC/SE602
Section: BA
Mode: Digital Live
Location: Online
Schedule: Saturdays 9:00am-2:00pm
Dates: 05/22, 06/05, 07/10, 07/31, 08/14


This course introduces students to important strategies for social ministry, such as: congregation-based community organizing, community development, and others, designed to facilitate a holistic social ministry and prophetic role in the community and exploring as avenues towards gospel faithfulness and shalom in the city.


This course serves the following institutional learning objectives:

  • To train and encourage students, in cooperation with the Church, to become skilled in ministry. [Article 3]
  • To provide leadership and educational resources for shaping an effective evangelical presence in Church and society. [Article 5]
  • To develop in students a vision for God’s redemptive work throughout the world and to formulate the strategies that will lead to effective missions, evangelism, and discipleship. [Article 6]


In this course, students will:

  1. Examine and apply significant relationships between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Public Ministry of the Church.
  2. Describe sustainable types of actions which the church can take that echoes gospel-shaped ministry in local, national, and/or global public ministry context.
  3. Use Community Asset Mapping as an applied research model for active listening to a community.
  4. Integrate course content and apply to a public ministry context of student’s choice.


Mode: Digital Live

This online course will meet via Zoom on the following Saturdays, 9:00am-2:30 pm:[May 22, June 5, June 19, July 10, July 31, August 14]. Students should plan to interact with the material, with each other, and with the instructor through online classroom discussions, reading, and other assignments that promote active learning.


You don’t need to be enrolled in a degree program to take this course (for credit or personal enrichment). Learn More »