This course explores historical, theological and practical understanding of mission with a view that the purpose of mission, as interpreted in the Methodist movement- is to energize and transform Christian congregations everywhere in the world.
Other reading, viewing and links will be provided from week to week.
Course Requirements and Assignments:
1) Reading and Course participation : 30% for the entire course
Active presence and participation in discussion forums is required. Complete your reading and viewing and engage the class actively and critically. Completing the reading and viewing assignments is important, however it is more important to engage the materials critically and reflectively. I agree that critical thinking is “about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information.” Each week when you engage in the class discussion online, I want you to think about the topic of the week missionally, theologically, biblically and communally (always consider your community of faith in your thinking). When you post your reflection, respond to the questions (I will post a set of questions for each week) in your own words. Do not quote extensively from the text you read, instead reflect on the reading and your colleagues’ discussion and put your reflections in your own words. Give your critical and constructive feedback on your classmates posting.
2) Essay 1: One-page paper on the Story of What God has done in my life? (single spaced, 12 point, 400-450 words) 10%
More details are found in the course objects dated January 13, 2020 .
Due on Monday, January 13, 2020
3) Essay 2: Three-page paper on a subject proposed by the student from any of mission’s sub-fields we discuss (mission theology, mission history, UM mission history with Native people, mission as liberation, and etc.) (single spaced, 12 point, 1200-1400 words) 20%
Due on Monday, February 3, 2020
4) Essay 3 : Two-page paper on your engagement in the interfaith community related to Justice Ministry (e.g. immigration, AIDS work, hunger, peace and etc.) ( single spaced, 12 point, 800-900 words) 20%
Have interfaith conversations with leaders from at least three of your inter-religious communities regarding justice ministries and write a reflection paper on your learning.
Due on Monday, February 23, 2020
5) Essay 4/Disciple Formation Project: Create a tool/diagram/process to introduce and implement disciple formation in your ministry context and write a reflection paper on the tool/diagram/process. (single spaced, 12 point, 1200-1400 words) 20%
Create a project that represents how you envision, interpret and practice Christian disciple formation in your particular context
Due on Thursday, March 12, 2020
|Jan 07, 2020||Tue||Post your introduction video||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 08, 2020||Wed||What is Mission? : UM Beliefs and Mission||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 11, 2020||Sat||What is Mission? : UM Beliefs and Mission Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 14, 2020||Tue||Essay 1 - The Story of What God has done in my life?||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 15, 2020||Wed||Biblical and Theological Understanding of Mission: Mission as missio Dei||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 18, 2020||Sat||Biblical and Theological Understanding of Mission: Mission as missio Dei Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 22, 2020||Wed||Historical Understanding of Mission: Paradigm Changes in Missiology||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 25, 2020||Sat||Historical Understanding of Mission: Paradigm Changes in Missiology Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 29, 2020||Wed||Historical Understanding of Mission: Native People and United Methodist Church||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 01, 2020||Sat||Historical Understanding of Mission: Native People and United Methodist Church Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 04, 2020||Tue||Essay 2 - Mission Engagement||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 05, 2020||Wed||Mission and People on the Margin: Justice and Peace||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 12, 2020||Wed||Mission and Contextualization: Global and Local||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 15, 2020||Sat||Mission and Contextualization: Global and Local Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 19, 2020||Wed||Mission and Interreligious Dialogue||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 22, 2020||Sat||Mission and Interreligious Dialogue Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 25, 2020||Tue||Essay 3 - Interfaith Engagement||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 26, 2020||Wed||Mission and Disciple Formation: In the Context of Congregations||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 29, 2020||Sat||Mission and Disciple Formation: In the Context of Congregations Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 04, 2020||Wed||Mission and Disciple Formation: Missional leadership and Missional Congregation||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 07, 2020||Sat||Mission and Disciple Formation: Missional leadership and Missional Congregation Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 11, 2020||Wed||Changing Mission in the Changing World||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 13, 2020||Fri||Essay 4 - Project on Disciple Formation in Your Ministry Context||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 14, 2020||Sat||Changing Mission in the Changing World Continued||due by 05:59AM|
|Mar 14, 2020||Sat||Participation in Discussion Forums||due by 05:59AM|