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.
Course Requirements and Assignments:
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 you serve in your thinking).
The content of the class will be available approximately two weeks prior to the class, if not before. Along with the topic, I will post my comments/reflection, required and suggested reading of the week, and other materials including video clips. I will also post a set of questions for you to ponder and respond. When you post your reflection, respond to the questions 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 Do not quote extensively from the text you read, instead reflect on the reading and your colleagues’ discussion and put your reflections in your own words.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.
Every week, I ask that you post your first, original response to the material of the week and questions (not to all individual questions by any means) by Tuesday night at 11:59pm MST. I encourage you to log into the course website early on even though you may not be ready to post your own original response.
Then, post a second time by continuing your discussions (you may critique your first posting) and providing your critical and constructive feedback on your classmates’ postings by Friday night, 11:59pm MST each week. Your second or third posting is as important as your first posting. There are course objectives available for Friday postings. When you go to Friday posting sites and click the topic of the week, you will be taken to the discussion threads of the week. Participation in discussion should be completed within the week assigned.
This is where I will enter your final participation grade.
Essay 1: Write a one to two page autobiographical essay on the story of “How you as a person of faith have participated in the mission of God.” single spaced, 12 point, 400-450 to 800-900 words) 10% of the entire course
Engaging in mission is to tell the stories of how God is working in our human history. I want you to look for the activity of God in your life and around you in the world. I also want you to look for some ways in which you have participated or are participating in the mission of God. In doing so, you may want to make a reference to Chapter 2 of Wright’s book - God’s redemptive history and the people who know the Story they are part of. Also, see how mission or more specifically United Methodist mission is defined in the readings and shared videos.
You may consider the following questions as you write your essay.
Essay 2: Three-page paper on a subject proposed by the student from any of mission’s sub-fields we discuss during the quarter (biblical and theological understanding of mission, historical understanding of mission, UM mission history with Native people, mission and peace with justice, and etc. Immigration also could be a subject related to peace with justice. ) (single spaced, 12 point, 1200-1400 words). 20% of the entire course
This essay is meant to be of a personal reflective nature, but, it should be critical and substantive. It is essential to reflect on the materials- i.e. reading and viewing provided for the topic that you are choosing. Of course, you are welcome to use other materials related to the topic. While you use your own words in these reflection papers, the essays should include appropriate footnotes. Please let me know if you need any assistance in citing sources.
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% of the entire course
Have interfaith conversations with leaders from at least three of your inter-religious communities regarding justice ministries (zoom conversations or phone conversations in light of the COVID pandemic) and write a reflection paper on your learning.
In completing your Essay 3, you may want to consider the following.
Essay 4: Project: Create a curriculum (which includes a tool/diagram of discipleship) to introduce and implement a disciple formation process in your ministry context and write a three-page paper in total on the process/curriculum/tool/diagram. (single spaced, 12 point, words) 20%
Create a project that represents how you envision, interpret and practice Christian disciple formation in your particular context of ministry.
Due on Thursday, March 12, 2020
The Iliff grading system is a five-letter system from A through F with pluses and minuses. In computing grade point average (GPAs), grades are assigned the following numerical values ( The Master’s Student Handbook ):
|Jan 05, 2021||Tue||Post your introduction video||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 06, 2021||Wed||What is Mission? : UM Beliefs and Mission||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 09, 2021||Sat||What is Mission? : UM Beliefs and Mission Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 13, 2021||Wed||Biblical and Theological Understanding of Mission: Mission as missio Dei||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 15, 2021||Fri||Essay 1 - The Story of "How I have participated in the mission of God.”||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 16, 2021||Sat||Biblical and Theological Understanding of Mission: Mission as missio Dei Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 20, 2021||Wed||Historical Understanding of Mission: Paradigm Changes in Missiology||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 23, 2021||Sat||Historical Understanding of Mission: Paradigm Changes in Missiology Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 27, 2021||Wed||Historical Understanding of Mission: Native People and United Methodist Church||due by 06:59AM|
|Jan 30, 2021||Sat||Historical Understanding of Mission: Native People and United Methodist Church Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 03, 2021||Wed||Mission and Peace with Justice: Racism||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 05, 2021||Fri||Essay 2 - Mission Engagement||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 06, 2021||Sat||Mission and Peace with Justice: Racism Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 10, 2021||Wed||Mission and Peace with Justice/Mission as Contextualization||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 13, 2021||Sat||Mission and Peace with Justice/Mission as Contextualization Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 17, 2021||Wed||Mission and Interreligious Dialogue||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 19, 2021||Fri||Essay 3 - Interfaith Engagement||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 20, 2021||Sat||Mission and Interreligious Dialogue Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 24, 2021||Wed||Mission and Disciple Formation: In the Context of Congregations||due by 06:59AM|
|Feb 27, 2021||Sat||Mission and Disciple Formation: In the Context of Congregations Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 03, 2021||Wed||Disciple formation from the missional church perspective: Changing mission in the changing world||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 06, 2021||Sat||Disciple formation from the missional church perspective: Changing mission in the changing world Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 10, 2021||Wed||Changing Mission in the Changing World: Parting Thoughts||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 12, 2021||Fri||Essay 4 - Project on Disciple Formation in Your Ministry Context||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 13, 2021||Sat||Parting Thoughts Continued||due by 06:59AM|
|Mar 13, 2021||Sat||Participation in Discussion Forums||due by 06:59AM|