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.
RELATIONSHIP TO GORDON-CONWELL’S MISSION
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:
- Examine and apply significant relationships between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Public Ministry of the Church.
- Describe sustainable types of actions which the church can take that echoes gospel-shaped ministry in local, national, and/or global public ministry context.
- Use Community Asset Mapping as an applied research model for active listening to a community.
- 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.