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Congregational Formation (TM738)

Shaping Communities for God's Kingdom
with David Fitch
August 4-8, 2014
Course Syllabus

** DMin Credit students can register online 
using CRN 37037 starting April 7, 2014.

Lesslie Newbigin said “the church is both the sign and the instrument, and therefore the foretaste (of the Kingdom).” The church is sent by God to bear witness to Christ, His Rule and the Kingdom (Acts 1:6-8). It is sent as an extension of the Triune God’s sending of the Son and the Spirit (John 20:23). As such, the church lives under Christ’s authority by the Spirit now. It thereby witnesses to where the whole world is going: the consummation of God’s Kingdom in Christ. It is part of God’s Mission of bringing the whole world under His reign (1 Cor 15:25). The question for this class is, how are Christian communities formed into this reality of God’s Kingdom in Christ? how does one lead a congregation to participate in His Kingdom both among us and in the world? How do congregations form into the participation in God’s mission?

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LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Gain the wherewithal to diagnose the dynamics of congregational formation and they way they work for and against God’s Mission.
  • Understand the core practices of the church and lead with them in the shaping a people into Christ’s reign into the world.
  • Analyze various approaches to church-planting/congregational formation for the purposes of birthing new congregations of the Kingdom and renewing existing congregations for the Kingdom.