Ministering in today’s society will require awareness of and sensitivity to the rich diversity of race and gender in the church. As society becomes more reactive to the ways that race and gender can divide us, the church must remain proactive in demonstrating God’s unity and grace. This course will help men and women to find their voices in God’s story while also lifting and learning from the voices of those most often unheard.
RELATIONSHIP TO GORDON-CONWELL’S MISSION
This course serves the following institutional learning objectives:
- To encourage students to become knowledgeable of God’s inerrant Word, competent in its interpretation, proclamation and application in the contemporary world.[Article 1]
- 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]
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe and assess the significance of her or his own racial identity as a starting point in race and gender conversations.
- Examine the challenges and opportunities facing women in the church throughout history and in the present.
- Assess and outline the historic and systematic nature of racism and its impact on the American Church.
- Develop a Biblical framework for reconciliation, equity, and justice.
- Work with others to construct ways to talk and lead more redemptively in diverse contexts.
Mode: Digital Live
This web-enhanced combination Digital Live course will be conducted fully online with a monthly schedule aligned with GCTS’ academic calendar. Students should plan to interact weekly with the material, with each other, and with the instructor through online discussions, reading, and other assignments that promote active learning.