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Summary of units

Please see below a full listing of the units on offer at the Presbyterian Theological College. All titles can be expanded for a full description. 

Biblical Languages (LA)

+ LA003A Biblical Hebrew

Summer Intensive (1 week) and 3 hours per week semester 1, annually.

Lecturer: Matthew Cole

Outcomes: To impart to candidates a solid working knowledge of the Hebrew language as used in the Hebrew Bible, up to at least half way through the Hebrew Grammar textbook.

Method: Classroom instruction with regular exercises.

Textbooks: Ross, A. P. Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001)

Recommended online resources:

animatedhebrew.com/ross_vocab/ross_vocab.htm

lionelwindsor.net/language-tools/hebrew/

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+ LA003B Biblical Hebrew

3 hours per week, semester 2.

Lecturer: Matthew Cole

Outcomes: To impart to candidates a solid working knowledge of the Hebrew Bible; and to give candidates experience in translating Biblical Hebrew.

Method: Classroom instruction with regular exercises.

Textbooks: Ross, A. P. Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001)

Recommended online resources:

animatedhebrew.com/ross_vocab/ross_vocab.htm

lionelwindsor.net/language-tools/hebrew/

Recommended reading:

  • Francis Brown, S R Driver and C A Briggs, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Oxford, 1977).
  • K Elliger and W Rudolph (eds.), Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Deutsche Bibelstiftung, 1977).

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+ LA004A New Testament Greek

Summer Intensive (1 week) and 3 hours per week semester 1, annually.

Lecturer: Ben Nelson

Outcomes: To introduce the student to the basic elements of the Greek language of the New Testament. This subject aims to cover at least the first half of the basic text book.

Textbooks: J Duff, The Elements of New Testament Greek, 3rd edition (CUP, 2005).

Recommended Reading: Eric Jay, New Testament Greek: An Introductory Grammar (SPCK, 1961).

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+ LA004B New Testament Greek

3 hours per week semester 2, annually.

Lecturer: Ben Nelson

Outcomes: Completion of the basic text book, translation of the first four chapters of Mark’s Gospel, and familiarity with textual critical apparatus.

Textbook:J Duff, The Elements of New Testament Greek, 3rd edition (CUP, 2005).

Recommended Reading: The Greek New Testament, UBS 5th edition.

Old Testament (OT)

+ OT301/501 Old Testament Foundations

3 hours per week semester 1, annually.

Lecturer: Martin Pakula

Description: The subject surveys the contents of the first part of the Old Testament, namely the Pentateuch and Former Prophets.

Outcomes: Assisting students to acquire an overall acquaintance with the text of the Old Testament, taking account of the nature of the literature included in it, ensuring they have an appreciation of the Ancient Near Eastern background, and an understanding of the major theological themes.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, set reading and assignments.

Textbooks:

  • LaSor, W.S., Hubbard, D.A., & Bush F.W., Old Testament Survey (2nd Edn.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996).

Recommended Reading

  • Dumbrell, W., The Faith of Israel (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002).

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+ OT302/502 Old Testament Prophets and Writings

3 hours per week semester 2, annually.

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Description: This subject is offered every year. The subject surveys the second part of the Old Testament, (as arranged in the Hebrew Bible), namely the Latter Prophets, Daniel,and the Writings (including the Psalms and Wisdom Literature).

Outcomes: Assisting students to acquire an overall acquaintance with the text of the Old Testament, taking account of the nature of the literature included in it, ensuring they have an appreciation of the Ancient Near Eastern background, and an understanding of the major theological themes.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, set reading and assignments.

Textbooks:

  • W J Dumbrell, The Faith of Israel: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament (Second Edition; Baker, Academic 2002).
  • G.R. Goswell and A.M Harman (eds.), Covenant and Kingdom: A Collection of Old Testament Essays by William J. Dumbrell (Reformed Theological Review, 2007).
  • E H Merrill, Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel (2nd Edition; Baker, 2008)

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+ OT421/621ENG/OT431/631HEB Former Prophets

3 hours per week semester 1, even numbered years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Description: The subject covers the theology of the Former Prophets, with special reference to the books of Samuel. The exegesis of the English text of 1 Samuel 1-12 and 2 Samuel 5-7, 15-18 will be covered. The Hebrew option consists of 1 Samuel 8, 10, 11:14- 12:25 and 2 Samuel 5-7.

Outcomes: To introduce students to a range of Old Testament historical texts in the Former Prophets; to provide training in the skills of exegetical method; to give further knowledge of Old Testament theology; to survey modern interpretation of the Old Testament; to give practice in the fundamentals of textual criticism.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Textbooks:

  • Victor P Hamilton, Handbook on the Historical Books (Baker Academic, 2001).
  • R P Gordon, 1 & 2 Samuel: A Commentary (Paternoster,1986).

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+ OT425/625ENG/OT435/635HEB Apocalyptic & Post-Exilic Prophecy

3 hours per week semester 2, odd numbered years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Description: The subject studies Old Testament apocalyptic, with special reference to the theology of the book of Daniel. Exegesis of the English text covers Daniel 1-12. The Hebrew option consists of Daniel 1:1- 2:4, 8-10, 12.

Outcomes: To develop exegetical and hermeneutical skills for preaching and teaching the Old Testament through a detailed exegetical study of the English or Hebrew text of the book of Daniel; to give further knowledge of Old Testament theology; to survey modern interpretation of the Old Testament apocalyptic texts; to give practice in the fundamentals of Old Testament textual criticism.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion and set reading.

Textbooks:

  • A M Harman, Daniel (EP, 2007).
  • J Goldingay, Daniel (Word, 1989).
  • E C Lucas, Daniel (Apollos, 2002).
  • J J Collins, Daniel (Augsburg Fortress, 1993).

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+ OT420/620ENG/OT430/630HEB The Pentateuch

3 hours per week Semester 1

Lecturer: Martin Pakula

Description: The subject covers the contents and theology of the Pentateuch, with special reference to Deuteronomy especially such themes as covenant, law, land, grace, holy war, people of God, blessing and cursing. English exegesis covers Genesis 1-11 and Deuteronomy 5-8, 12, 16-18. Hebrew exegesis covers Genesis 1-3 and Deuteronomy 5-7.

Outcomes: To know the contents and overall structure of the books of the Pentateuch so that one might identify and outline its main themes and teaching; to interact with select theological themes within the Pentateuch with special reference to the book of Deuteronomy so that one might explain and relate these themes both to the book of Deuteronomy itself, and to other books of the Pentateuch; to use a variety of skills in exegetical procedures so that one might be able to interpret and explain the set texts in some depth; to give thought and reflection to the texts under study so as to begin to apply that study to exposition, life and ministry.

Method: Classroom instruction, discussion and readings.

Textbooks:

  • Alexander, T. D., From Paradise to Promised Land (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002).

Recommended Reading:

  • Alexander, T. D. & Baker, D. W. (eds.), Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
  • Clines, D. J., The Theme of the Pentateuch (2nd ed.; Sheffield: JSOT, 1997).
  • Wenham, G., Exploring the Old Testament Vol. I; The Pentateuch (London: SPCK, 2003).

Recommended Commentaries:

  • Hamilton, V., The Book of Genesis Chapters 1–17 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990).
  • Wenham, G., Genesis 1–15 (Waco, TX: Word, 1987).
  • McConville, J. G., Deuteronomy (Leicester: Apollos, 2002).

New Testament (NT)

+ NT301/501 Jesus and the Gospels

3 hours per week semester 1, annually

Description: After studying the historical background to the gospel each one will be explored separately to discern the main themes of Jesus' message and ministry.

Outcomes: To gain understanding of the historical, socio-cultural, religious and political setting of the gospels; to compare the distinctive features of each gospel and to explore the message and ministry of Jesus.

Textbooks:

  • D A Carson, D J Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd Ed., Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005).
  • R H Gundry, A Survey of the New Testament ( 3rd Ed., Zondervan, 1994).

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+ NT302/502 Early New Testament Church

3 hours per week semester 2, annually

Description: Candidates will develop an understanding of key developments in the growth of the earliest church, together with an awareness of developments in the Jerusalem church; early Christian preaching; Stephen and the Hellenists; The Pauline mission and churches; The Council of Jerusalem; Schism, heresy and external threat in the early church. In addition the background issues and main issues of 7 epistles of the New Testament will be studied.

Outcomes: To gain an understanding of the history, theology and narrative of the Book of Acts, and to investigate the contents, themes and theology of selected books of the New Testament.

Textbooks:

  • D A Carson & D J Moo, An introduction to the New Testament (2nd Ed., Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005)

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+ NT422/622ENG/NT432/632GRK Epistle to the Hebrews

3 hours per week semester 1

Description: The Theology of Hebrews is studied including such themes as covenant, high priesthood, perfection, use of the Old Testament and the church. In the exegesis class selected passages from the book are exegeted and presented in class by students.

Outcomes:

  1. To enable candidates to exegete large sections of the text from the Epistles to the Hebrews.
  2. to develop in candidates the skills of appropriate exegetical methodology, employing the various interpretive methods of biblical criticism and socio-cultural considerations.
  3. to assist candidates to reflect upon signficant themes in Hebrews and the writer's pastoral and exhortatory expression.
  4. to explore the imagery and scriptural allusions as integrated and applied within the text of Hebrews. i.e. to help candidates think through the implications of their studies for the contemporary world and issues that challenge the church of today.

Textbooks:

  • Kistemaker, S., Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews (Evangelical Press, 1984).
  • Ellingworth, P., Commentary on Hebrews NIGTC (Eerdmans, 1993).
  • Trotter, A. H., Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews (Baker, 1997).
  • Fee, G.D., New Testament Exegesis (Westminster, 1983).

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+ NT424/624ENG/NT434/634GRK Fourth Gospel

3 hours per week semester 1, even numbered years

Description: To study the Gospel of John; introductory issues, its theology including topics such as Christology, pneumatology, eschatology, signs and faith. In the exegesis class selected passages from the Gospel of John are exegeted and presented in class by students.

Outcomes:

  1. to enable candidates to exegete large sections of the text from John's Gospel
  2. to develop in candidates the skills of appropriate exegetical methodology, employing the various interpretative methods of biblical criticism and structural analysis
  3. to assist candidates to reflect upon significant themes and stylistic features in John's Gospel and indications of the writer's purpose in writing
  4. to explore the interplay between narrative, encounter, sign and teaching in the text of John's Gospel. i.e. to help candidates think through the implications of their studies for the contemporary world and issues that challenge the church of today

Textbooks:

  • G M Burge, Interpreting the Gospel of John (Baker, 1992).
  • D A Carson, The Gospel According to John (IVP/Eerdmans, 1991).
  • G D Fee, New Testament Exegesis (Westminster, 1983).

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+ NT425/625ENG/NT435/635GRK Pauline Theology and Romans

3 hours per week semester 2, odd numbered years

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Description: The inner structure and leading themes of Paul’s theology, with special reference to the Epistle to the Romans, is studied. In the exegesis class selected passages are exegeted and presented in class by students.

Outcomes:

  1. to enable candidates to study the theology of the Apostle Paul as it is reflected in his epistles. As an integrating unit, it is recommended that candidates have studied a Pauline Epistle at advanced level
  2. to gain an understanding of the purpose, literary shape, rhetorical form and arguments of Paul's letter to the Romans
  3. to develop an understanding of the 'new perspective' on Paul, with a capacity to critically evaluate its strengths and weaknesses
  4. to consider questions of coherence in Pauline theology, and differing socio-cultural and rhetorical contexts

Textbooks:

  • H Ridderbos, Paul (Eerdmans, 1975).
  • D J Moo, The Epistle to the Romans NICNT (Eerdmans, 1996).
  • G D Fee, New Testament Exegesis (Westminster, 1983).
  • F F Bruce, Romans: An Introduction and Commentary (TP, 1971).
  • Robert L Reymond, Paul (Mentor, 2000).

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+ NT427/627ENG/NT437/637GRK New Testament Apocalyptic

3 hours per week 2 semester, even years

Description: This unit looks at the historical, social and theological roots of New Testament Apocalyptic writings, especially the Book of Revelation. Also the theology of the Book of Revelation, including such themes as Christology, doctrine of God, judgement and hope.

Outcomes:

  1. to explore evidence for the literary, socio-cultural, political and historical context reflected in Revelation
  2. to gain an understanding of broad structural form of Revelation, and the variety of interpretations addressing the eschatological perspectives reflected in Revelation
  3. to consider the interplay between godly worship, warnings and idolatry
  4. to gain an appreciation for the sweep of God's purposes and the employment of prophetic and apocalyptic genres

Textbooks:

  • G K Beale, The Book of Revelation (Eerdmans, 2000).
  • S J Kistemaker, Revelation (Baker, 2009).

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+ NT445/645 Life and Times of Jesus - Study Tour in Israel

Intensive mode

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Description: To visit the key archaeological sites, relating to the life and times of Jesus and be able to critically evaluate their importance for Gospel study. This will enable the student to connect key characters and places in Israel with the gospel texts.

Outcomes: To familiarise students with the geography, topography, climate and historical background of the land of Israel.

Textbooks:

  • P Barnett, Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity (IVP, 1999).
  • J McKay, Archaeology and the New Testament (Baker, 1991).

Theology (TH)

+ TH401/601 The Knowledge of God

3 hours per week semester 1, odd numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Description: The first part of the course focuses on the doctrines of general and special revelation together with reason, tradition and experience; the second part of the course examines the truths of creation, providence, humanity, and sin.

Outcomes: to understand the methodology of the foundational doctrines of the Christian Faith, as taught in Scripture.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion along with written assignments.

Textbooks:

  • W Grudem Systematic Theology (IVP, 2002)
  • P Jensen, The Revelation of God (IVP, 2002).
  • D Smith, With Wilful Intent (Victor, 1994).
  • A Hoekema, Created in God’s Image (Eerdmans, 1994).
  • P Helm & C Trueman, The Trustworthiness of God: Perspectives on the Nature of Scripture (Apollos, 2002).

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+ TH402/602 The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

3 hours per week semester 2, odd numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Description: A systematic study of the various elements of the doctrine of God through a study of the divine Persons and attributes, and of the doctrine of Christ’s Person and work through an examination of his conception and birth, incarnate personality, life, death, resurrection, ascension and session.

Outcomes: to be able to identify the major elements in a sound Trinitarian and Christological faith, with an informed awareness of the historical developments and alternative theologies surrounding these.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion along with written assignments.

Textbooks:

  • J Frame, The Doctrine of God (P & R. 2002).
  • V Karkkainen, Christology (Baker, 2003).
  • R Letham, The Work of Christ (IVP, 1993).
  • D Macleod, Shared Life (Christian Focus, 2011)

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+ TH403/603 The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

3 hours per week semester 1, even numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Description: A systematic study of the inter-connected truths that make up the central topic of salvation followed by a study of the stages of eschatology as they affect the individual and the human community.

Outcomes: To gain an understanding of the grace of God in the Gospel of his Son through an appreciation of the Holy Spirit’s ministry; to grasp the meaning of the reality of the Kingdom of God and the future hope surrounding Jesus Christ’s Return.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion along with written assignments.

Textbooks:

  • A Hoekema, Saved By Grace (Eerdmans, 1989).
  • S Ferguson, The Holy Spirit (IVP, 1996).
  • A Hoekema, The Bible and the Future (Eerdmans, 1979).

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+ TH404/604 Church, Sacraments and Ministry

3 hours per week semester 2, even numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Description: A systematic study of the Christian church in relation to the Kingdom of God through a critical reflection of her nature, marks, gifts, administration and mission, together with the sacraments in their number, nature and function, finishing with an examination of Christian worship.

Outcomes: Being able to connect meaningfully the realities of the Church and Kingdom through an intelligent appraisal of the nature of the Church, her gifts and ministries, Sacraments and mission to the world.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion along with written assignments.

Textbooks:

  • E Clowney, The Church (IVP, 1995).
  • R Letham, Baptism
  • Veli-Matti Karkkainen, An Introduction to Ecclesiology (I & P Academic, 2002).
  • Kevin De Young & Ted Kluck, Why We’re not Emergent (Moody, 2008).

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+ TH410/610 The Westminster Confession

3 hours per week

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Description: A detailed study of the Confession, including its historical and theological context, its structure, theological methodology and topics, its covenantal and decreetal schema, its view of church and state, and its place in the Presbyterian Church of Australia

Outcomes: To examine in detail the Westminster Confession of Faith in its 17th century context; to consider the continuing significance of the Confession in the life of Presbyterian Church of Australia; to encourage students to develop their own theological thinking in interaction with the Confession.

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion, student presentations, assignments and an exam.

Textbooks:

  • Robert Letham, The Westminster Assembly (P & R, 2009).
  • Ligon Duncan (ed), The Westminister Confession into the 21st Century,(Mentor, 2003).

Christianity in History (CH)

+ CH301/501 The Church to 1550

3 hours per week semester 1

Lecturer: Rowland Ward

Description: A study of the Church in Imperial Rome: including the Apostolic Fathers and the challenge of Judaism, the Apologists and the challenge of Gnosticism, the Christian Empire; the ecumenical councils and the challenge of Arianism and Augustine; the Church as Christendom: including the Holy Roman Empire, medieval theology, conciliarism, and mysticism; Precursors to the Reformation: including Hus and Wycliffe; introduction to Luther and Calvin.

Outcomes: To give a survey of major developments in the history of Christian Churches; to promote training in the use of primary documents.

Textbooks:

  • E E Cairns, Christianity Through the Centuries (Zondervan, 3rd edition,1996).
  • M ANoll, Turning Points (IVP/Baker, 1997).
  • J Stevenson (ed), A New Eusebius (SPCK, new edition, 1989).
  • Carl R. Trueman, Histories and Fallacies (Crossway, 2010).
  • C D Weaver et al (eds.), Exploring Christian Heritage: A Reader in History and Theology (Baylor University Press, 2012).

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+ CH302/502 The Church from 1550 to Modern Times

3 hours per week semester 2, annually

Lecturer: Rowland Ward

Description: Reform and Revolution: the English Reformation; English Puritanism; Revolutionary learning; Change and Renewal: the Evangelical Awakening; Evangelicalism and social change; Liberalism and Fundamentalism; The Church Universal: Missions, Ecumenism; the Church under Communism; the Church in Australia.

Outcomes: To give a survey of major developments in the history of Christian Churches; to promote training in the use of primary documents.

Textbooks:

  • E E Cairns, Christianity Through the Centuries (Zondervan, 3rd edition,1996).
  • I H Murray, Australian Christian Life from 1788 (Banner, 1988).
  • M A Noll, Turning Points (IVP/Baker, 1997).
  • Geoffrey R. Treloar, The Disruption of Evangelicalism (IVP, 2017).
  • C D Weaver et al (eds.), Exploring Christian Heritage: A Reader in History and Theology (Baylor University Press, 2012).

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+ CH421/621 The Continental Reformation

3 hours per week semester 1, not offered every year

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Description: A study of the Avignon Captivity, the Conciliar Movement, the theological setting of the Reformation, Martin Luther and the Reformation in Germany, Huldrych Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation, the Radical Reformation and the Anabaptists, John Calvin and the Reformation in Geneva; and study and analysis of J Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Bk IV.

Outcomes: To explain the causes and nature of the Continental Reformation, to analyse the theological and ecclesiastical outcomes of the Reformation, to interpret primary historical and theological documents of the Reformation.

Textbooks:

  • W R Estep, Renaissance and Reformation (Eerdmans, 1998).
  • A E McGrath, Reformation Thought (Blackwell, 1988).

Evangelism & Missiology (EM & PVM)

+ EM302/502 History of Christian Missions

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Description: The subject gives an understanding of the expansion of the church from the apostolic age to the present day; the motives and methodologies involved in the churches’ missionary outreach are examined and evaluated; the continuing influence of previous missionary policy on the subsequent development of the churches’ missionary task is examined. There is also an opportunity for candidates to focus on the history of mission in particular areas.

Subject outline (each section weighed equally)

  • Section A: The spread of Christianity from the Apolostic Age to the 19th Century
  • Section B: A selected study of Church Mission
  • Section C: Developments in the 20th century

Textbooks:

  • S C Neill & O Chadwick, A History of Christian Missions (Revelation; 2nd edition; New York: Penguin, 1991).

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+ EM306/506 Issues in Missiology

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Description: To introduce students to the nature, perspective, history, methodologies, theories and issues of missiology as a discipline.

Subject outline (each section weighed equally)

  • Section A: Selected Topics in the History of Christian Mission
  • Section B: Gospel and Culture
  • Section C: Area Study

Textbooks:

  • J H Bavinck, An Introduction to the Science of Missions (P & R, 1960).
  • Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, The Willowbank Report: Gospel and Culture (1978).
  • C Van Engen, Mission on the Way: Issues in Mission Theology (Baker, 1966).
  • R Winter & S D Hawthorn (eds), Perspectives on the World Christian Mission (rev ed; Wm Carey, 1992).

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+ EM324/524 Principles of Evangelism

3 hours per week/directed study semester 1 + 20 hours field work, annually

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, students will

Know and understand:

  1. Biblical and theological perspectives on evangelism
  2. Principles and practices of evangelism
  3. Selected approaches to evangelism. (EM524 only)

Be able to:

  1. Discuss biblical and theological principles of evangelism
  2. Analyse the principles and practice of evangelism
  3. Employ the tools of cultural exegesis to facilitate evangelism in a specific context
  4. Under supervision, participate in evangelistic activities
  5. Evaluate selected approaches to evangelism. (EM524 only)

Be in a position to:

  1. Integrate perspectives from ‘Principles of Evangelism’ with their other theological and ministry studies
  2. Engage in evangelism as a reflective practitioner
  3. Employ the tools of cultural exegesis to facilitate evangelism in a specific context

Content:

Section A: Biblical and Theological Perspectives

  1. An examination of evangelistic proclamation in Acts and the other New Testament texts, with attention to what constitutes the gospel message and varied approaches according to audience;
  2. Divine sovereignty and human response, faith, conversion and baptism.
  3. Motivations for evangelism; the relation of proclamation to meeting human need.
  4. Proclamation, witness and presence; the place of evangelism in Christian education and worship.
  5. Hindrances to evangelism, including brief consideration of common objections to the gospel.

Section B: Principles of Evangelism

  1. The role of the evangelist: the vocation to be an evangelist; lifestyle and message; the role(s) of the congregation in the evangelist’s ministry.
  2. Communicating faith: person to person; through relationships; small groups; life networks; earning the right to speak; mass evangelism.
  3. Evangelism of various groups: for example youth, nominal church members, ethnic groups, secular humanists, factory workers.
  4. Appropriate evangelistic methods for different situations and contexts (including dialogue meetings, evangelistic church services, distinctive approaches for women and men); examination of two methods of personal evangelism.

Section C: Field Work

  1. Personal involvement (with supervision) in not less than 20 hours in specifically evangelistic programmes, including at least 5 hours of direct evangelism by the student. These hours exclude preparation and writing-up time. This work should include both inter-personal and small group contexts, using the methods studied in topic 9. This work should include people known to the student as evangelist, and those unknown. Large group and media settings may also be used.

Seting readings:

  • Allison, L. and M. Anderson, Going Public With the Gospel: Reviving Evangelistic Proclamation (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
  • Chapman, J., Know and Tell the Gospel (Sydney: Matthias Media, 1998).
  • Cowan, S. B. and W. L. Craig, Five Views on Apologetics (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000).
  • Drummond, L., Reaching GenerationNext: Effective Evangelism in Today’s Culture (Grand Rapids: Baker 2002).
  • Finney, J., Emerging Evangelism (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2004).
  • Hughes, B. and J. Bellamy, A Passion for Evangelism: Turning Vision into Action (Adelaide: OpenBook, 2004).
  • Little, P. and M. Little, Know Why You Believe (5th ed.; Wheaton, IL: Victor, 2003).
  • Long, J., Emerging Hope: A Strategy for Reaching Postmodern Generations (2nd ed.; Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
  • McQuoid, S., Sharing the Good News in C21: Evangelism in a local church context (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002).
  • Mittelberg, M., Building a Contagious Church: Revolutionizing the Way We View and Do Evangelism (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000).
  • Pippert, R. M., Saltshaker Resources: An Evangelism Toolkit (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
  • Richardson, R., Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2000).

Additional EM524 set reading:

  • Claydon, D., Connecting Across Cultures (Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2000.)
  • Claydon, D. (ed.), A New Vision, A New Heart, A Renewed Call (Pasadena: William Carey, 2005).
  • Kallenberg, B. J., Live to Tell: Evangelism for a Postmodern Age (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2002).
  • Sire, J. W., The Universe Next Door (4th ed.; Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).

Recommended reading:

  • Little, P. & M. Little, Know Why You Believe (5th ed.; Wheaton, IL: Victor, 2003).

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+ EM403/603 Biblical Theology of Mission

Summer Intensive/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Outcomes: To enable students to understand the nature of God as a missionary God, concerned for the salvation of the whole creation; to provide students with an understanding of the constant intention of God, throughout the period of biblical revelation, to redeem humanity and restore creation; assisting students to discern the divine intention and enablement for human co-operation in the universal purposes of God; and providing opportunity for students to integrate their study of the Scriptures, theology and personal understanding of vocation in mission.

Subject outline (each section weighed equally)

SECTION A: OLD TESTAMENT PERSPECTIVES:

  1. God, Creation and the world; human sin and the effect of the fall.
  2. The missiological significance of Babel and the Flood.
  3. The Abrahamic covenant; God and Israel: election, covenant and responsibility.
  4. Yahweh versus Baal; Israel and the nations; universal hope in the Psalms.
  5. The missionary emphasis of the prophets.
  6. The kingdom of God in the Old Testament.

SECTION B: NEW TESTAMENT PERSPECTIVES:

  1. Mission in the synoptic Gospels and the ministry of Jesus.
  2. Mission in the Gospel of John.
  3. The Holy Spirit in the mission of the church; missionary principles in Acts
  4. The Pauline theology of mission:
    • Jew and Gentile in Christ
    • The mission of the church and the powers; conflict, suffering and mission
    • Mission and future hope; the consummation of all things in Christ.

Textbooks:

  • J Piper Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (2nded.: Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).

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+ EM408/608 Cross-Cultural Communication

3 hours per week/ directed study semester 2

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Exclusions: Students who have taken EM632 are not eligible to for this subject.

Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit, students will

Know and understand:

  1. The dimensions of cross-cultural communication
  2. The relationship between culture, the Bible and communicating the gospel
  3. Selected approaches to cross-cultural communication. (EM608 only)

Be able to:

  1. Explain developments in the history of Christian mission
  2. Analyse the principles and patterns involved in cross-cultural Christian ministry
  3. Assess their own communication activity and skills with particular reference to cross-cultural ministry contexts
  4. Engage with the cultural values of people from another culture
  5. Evaluate selected approaches to cross-cultural communication. (EM608 only)

Be in a position to:

  1. Integrate perspectives from ‘Cross Cultural Communication’ with their other theological studies
  2. Apply the principles and dynamics of cross-cultural communication as a reflective practitioner
  3. Formulate a contextualised approach to communicating the gospel for a particular cultural setting.

Content:

  1. Theories and models of cross-cultural communication: Culture (Nida); Incarnational (Kraft); Bonding (Brewster & Brewster); Christ and Culture (Niebuhr).
  2. World views and their significance for cross-cultural communication, with reference to: naturalist; animist; folk religion; Hindu-Buddhist; Chinese; monotheist; syncretistic and multi-religious world-views.
  3. Cognitive processes: conceptual, intuitional, concrete relational; language and communication; cultural distance and audience response.
  4. Behavioural patterns: cultural norms and values; body language, space, time, para-language, artefacts and the environment.
  5. The influence of social structures on communication; indigenous modes of communication: music; drama; sports; puppetry etc.
  6. Media influences: media and message; audience response.
  7. Contextualisation:
    • Its necessity; biblical mandate and examples;
    • The process of contextualisation: criteria, stage and limitations;
    • Cultural examples of contextualisation critically evaluated.

Set readings:

  • Burnett, D., Clash of Worlds (London: Monarch, 2002).
  • Carson, D. A. (ed.), Biblical Interpretation and the Church: the problem of contextualization (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002).
  • Elmer, D., Cross-cultural Connections: Stepping out and Fitting in Around the World (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002).
  • Fleming, D. E., Contextualisation in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2005).
  • Gilliland, D. S. (ed.), The Word Among Us: Contextualizing Theology for Mission Today (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002).
  • Hofstede, G. H. and G. J. Hofstede, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind (2nd ed.; New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005).
  • Kraft, C. H., Culture, Communication, and Christianity: A Selection of Writings (Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2001).
  • Lingenfelter, J. E. and S. G. Lingenfelter, Teaching Cross-Culturally: An Incarnation Model for Learning and Teaching(Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).
  • Lingenfelter, S. G. and M. K. Mayers, Ministering Cross-culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).
  • Sire, J. W., Naming the Elephant: Worldview As a Concept (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
  • Van Engen, et al (eds), Paradigm Shifts in Christian Witness: Insights from Anthropology, Communications and Spiritual Power; Essays in Honour of Charles Kraft (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2008).

Additional EM608 reading:

  • Claydon, D., Connecting Across Cultures (Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2000).
  • Claydon, D (ed.), A New Vision, A New Heart, A Renewed Call ( Pasadena: William Carey, 2005).
  • Bevans, S. B., Models of Contextual Theology Rev. ed. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004).
  • Hesselgrave, D. J., Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991).
  • Hesselgrave, D. J. and E. Rommen, Contextualization: Meanings, Methods, Models (Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2000).
  • Sweet, L. (ed.), The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).
  • Weaver, G., Culture, Communication and Conflict: Readings in Intercultural Relations (Boston: Pearson, 2000).

Recommended reading:

  • Gilliland, D. S. (ed.), The Word Among Us: Contextualizing Theology for Mission Today (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002).
  • Hofstede, G. H. and G. J. Hofstede, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the mind (2nd ed.; New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005).
  • Sire, J. W., Naming the Elephant: Worldview As a Concept (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).

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+ EM409/609 Cultural Anthropology

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Description: To establish in the students’ understanding a basis for accepting and utilising the insights and knowledge of cultural anthropology as a tool in Christian mission; to develop in students a Christian perspective upon anthropology and an anthropological perspective upon Christianity; to enable students to develop a working knowledge of the patterns and processes of culture and cultural change,enabling them to understand their own cultural context and to accept the validity of different cultures; give students an understanding of culture as the context within which God interacts with people and the significance of this to churches in the world today.

Subject outline (each section weighed equally)

  • Section A: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology;
  • Section B: Anthropology for Cross-cultural Ministry

Textbooks:

  • Paul Hiebert, Cultural Anthropology, 2nd ed (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992).
  • Mari Womack, Being Human: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 2nd ed (Upper Saddel Valley: Prentice Hall, 2001).
  • Michael A Park, Introducing Anthropology: An Integrated Approach, 2nd ed (NY: McGranHill Comp, 2003).
  • R. Grunlan & MMayers, Cultural Anthropology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1979).

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+ EM417/617 Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Ministry

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Description: This subject introduces students to practical and theoretical issues related to personal growth and ministry in a cross-cultural setting.

Subject outline (each section weighed equally)

  • Section A: Personal Spiritual Development
  • Section B: Relationship in Cross-cultural Ministry
  • Section C: Distinctive Factors in Cross-cultural Ministries

Textbooks:

  • P Casse, Training for the Cross-Cultural Mind (Society for Inter-Cultural Education, 1980).
  • M Foyle, Honourably Wounded (MARC, 1987).
  • E Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor (Word, 1989).
  • D Watson, Discipleship (Hodder & Stoughton, 1981).

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+ EM418/618 Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Outcomes: At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Provide students with appropriate biblical, theological, historical, cultural and strategic perspectives on ministry in a context of cultural and strategic perspectives on ministry in a context of cultural diversity;
  2. Build the understanding and cultural sensitivity needed for ministry engagement with a community in a context of cultural diversity;
  3. Gain an understanding of the challenges in communicating the Christian gospel and establishing the church in an environment of cultural diversity;
  4. Equip students to develop appropriate ministry approaches for a context of cultural diversity, assisted by exposure to, and evaluation of existing ministry models

Content:

Section A: Principles

  • Culture and ethnicity, unity and division, and individuality and community in the Bible; in particular within the context of New Testament teaching on evangelism and the body of Christ.
  • Theological perspectives: Trinitarian implications for ministry in a culturally diverse context, theology of such ministry in the context of diversity, church and culture in the New Testament.
  • Australia; immigration and refugees; ethnic communities; history and directions of government policy.
  • Models of ministry in a context of cultural diversity; relevant biblical and modern examples, including multi-congregational, mono-ethnic and culturally diverse churches; homogeneous unit and other church growth principles; relational, leadership, learning style, worship preference, language, areas of tension and conflict, and other cultural variables.
  • An introduction to the concept of cultural distance and its implications for the structure and ministry of a local church; case studies for different models being used by churches seeking to overcome cultural distance.
  • Strategies and resources for making the transition to a local church model that reflects the demographic realities of the locality; research, design, implementation and evaluation.

Section B: Practice
Candidates are over a minimum of 20 hours to:

  1. Participate in either a culturally diverse congregation or mono-cultural congregation of a culture other than the student's own; and
  2. With the help of members of that church, observe non church attending people of that culture in their social and family context. Discern the challenges with regard to cultural variables, such as leadership patterns and processes, learning style and worship preferences. Consider possible strategies fro the future ministry of the congregation.

Prescribed Textbooks:

  • D A Anderson, Multicultural Ministry: Finding Your Church's Unique Rhythm (Grand RApids: Zondervan, 2004)
  • R Brynjolfson & J Lewis (eds), becoming an Intentionally Intercultural Church (Waynesboro, GA: World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission, 2004)
  • M DeYmaz, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments, and Practices of a Diverse Congregation (Jossey-Bass, 2007)
  • L J Kramer, The Multicultural Experiment: Immigrants, Refugees and National Identity (Sydney: Macleay, 2003)
  • M Ortiz, Models for Developing a Multi-ethnic Church (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1996)
  • H Richmond, (ed.), Snapshots of Multicultural Ministry (UCA Assembly Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry, 2006)
  • H Richmond & Myung Duk Yang (eds), Crossing Borders: Shaping Faith, Minisry and Identity in Multicultural Australia (UCA Assembly and NSW Board of Mission, 2006).
  • Wilson, M., Churches Crossing Cultures: A Practical Guide and Workbook for Cross Cultural Ministry in Your CHurch (Anglicare, 2002)
  • G Yancey, One Body, One SpiritL Principles of Successful Multiracial Churches (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003)

Recommended reading:

  • J Docker & G Fischer, Race, Colour and Identity in Australia and New Zealand (Sydney: UNSW, 2000)
  • C Foster, Embracing Diversity: Leadership in Multicultural Congregations (Bethesda, MD: Alban, 1997)
  • J Jupp, From White Australia to Woomera: The Story of Australian Immigration (Cambridge: CUP, 2003)
  • S P Robinson, C Smith & M K WIlson, Mission Action Planning (Anglicare, 2004)

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+ EM421/621 Living Faiths

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Outcomes: To enable students to study some non-Christian living faiths in some detail; to give students an appreciation of the insights to be found in these faiths and a sensitivity to their world-views.

Subject outline: The historical roots, beliefs, cultural influences and contemporary reforms in two of the following living faiths: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Primal religions.

Textbooks:

  • P G Hiebert, Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices (Baker 1999).
  • D Burnett, World of the Spirits: A Christian Perspective on Traditional and Folk Religions (Monarch, 2000).
  • K Cragg et al, Islam from Within-Anthology of Religion (Wadsworth,1980).
  • J Jomier, How to Understand Islam (SCMP, 1989).
  • P Parshall, New Paths in Muslim Evangelism (Baker 1980).
  • A F Fernando et al, Buddhism Made Plain (Rev ed Orbis, 1985).
  • R H Robinson et al, The Buddhist Religion (Wadsworth, 1982).

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+ EM427/627 Church Dynamics and Growth

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Outcomes: To develop in students a critical understanding of the theology, principles and procedures of church growth and their significance for contemporary ministry theory and practice; to introduce students to the processes of evaluation, strategy development and effective methodologies in a congregational situation; to enable students to identify the critical issues of contemporary church growth theories from biblical principles and evangelical perspective.

Subject outline: (Section A, B and C are weighted approximately 40%, 30% and 30% respectively)

  • Section A: Principles
  • Section B: Practice
  • Section C: Field Work

Textbooks:

  • H Conn, Theological Perspectives on Church Growth (Presbyterian & Reformed, 1977).
  • D A McGavran, Understanding Church Growth (Rev. Ed., Eerdmans,1980).
  • W Shenk, Exploring Church Growth (Eerdmans, 1983).
  • C Schwarz, Natural Church Development (Church Smart Resources, 1996).

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+ EM440/640 Cross-Cultural Field Education

1 hour per week & 50 hours field work/directed study*

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Outcomes: To provide opportunity for students to experience at first hand some of the issues involved in cross-cultural ministry. To enable them to develop sensitivity to the inter-relationships between human life, the Christian gospel, Christian ministries and culture. To help them reflect upon their own culture and its impact upon their understanding of their ministry and humanity.

Subject outline: (Sections A, B and C are weighted approximately 20%, 60% and 20% respectively)

  • Section A: Preparation
  • Section B: Fieldwork;
  • Section C: Evaluation and Reflection

*Students can choose from not less than 50 hours field work in some form of Christian work with people from a culture different than the student’s own; or a missionary trip of not less than 4 week’s residence in a culture other then the student’s own, or other form of field work approved by the lecturer.

Textbooks:

  • M Collins, Manual for Today’s Missionary (William Carey, 1986).
  • S Lingenfelter & M Mayers, Ministering Cross Culturally (Baker, 1986).
  • T Ward, Living Overseas: A Book of Preparation (Free Press, 1984).
  • P Hiebert, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries (Baker, 1985).

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+ PVM41/PVM61 Folk Religions

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Description: This unit is primarily designed for students who plan for further mission study. However, it is also designed as a general introduction to those who are interested in faith dialogue or evangelism in a cross-cultural context.

Outcomes: At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. summarize the major theory of folk religions from a cultural anthropological perspective;
  2. identify the characteristics, issues, and problems of folk religions;
  3. analyse the characteristics, issues, and problems of folk religions;
  4. critique at least one of the folk religious phenomena in the Australian context;
  5. and respond to a specific issue of folk religions in the Australian context by developing appropriate missiological strategies.

Subject outline:
Part A: Folk religions as systems of belief and meaning: The problems and solutions.

  • The phenomena of folk religions
  • Worldviews as systems of explanation
  • The meaning of life and death
  • Avoiding adversity and gaining success
  • Guidance and supernatural knowledge

Part B: Folk religions as systems of behavior: Symbols, rituals, myths, religious institutions and movements

  • Symbolism, rituals, myths and sense of the sacred
  • The relationship between beliefs and behavior
  • Religious leaders: Shamans, prophets, and priests
  • Cults, sects, denominations and ecclesia

Textbooks:

  • Paul G Hiebert, Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to Popular Beliefs and Practices (Baker, 1999).
  • Ronald Enroth, A Guide to New Religions Movements (IVP, 2005).
  • Catherine Sanders, Wicca’s Charm: Understanding the Spiritual Hunger Behind the Rise of Modern Witchcraft and Pagan Spirituality (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 2005).

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+ PVM42/PVM62 Ethnographic Research

3 hours per week/directed study

Lecturer: Felix Chung

Description: This subject introduces student research methods in anthropology, skill and knowledge of conducting ethnographic research, collecting information, analysing information and writing an ethnography.

Outcomes: At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the concept and methodology of research methods in anthropology with special emphasis on ethnographic research.
  2. Know how to conduct a minor research by using participation observations.
  3. Know how to conduct a minor research by using ethnographic interviews.
  4. Master the skill of collecting and analysing information using ethnographic research methods
  5. Write up ethnography.
  6. Identify issues of applying ethnographic research in cultural learning.
  7. Critically evaluate the problem of applying ethnographic research in cultural learning.

Textbooks:

  • Michael V Angrosine, Doing Cultural Anthropology: Projects for Ethnographic Data Collection, 2nd ed., (Waveland Press, 2006).
  • Michael V Angrosine, Project in Ethnographic Research (Waveland Press, 2004).
  • James Spradley, Participant Observation (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1980).
  • James Spradley, The Ethnographic Interview (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc, 1979).

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+ EM305 Mission Theology

Exclusions: Students who take EM305 may not take EM301.

Learning outcomes: On successful completion of this unit, students will

Know and understand:

  1. The biblical theology of mission
  2. The contemporary theology of mission

Be able to:

  1. Discuss the biblical theology of mission
  2. Analyse the key issues in contemporary theologies of mission
  3. Evaluate contemporary theologies of mission in light of the biblical theology of mission
  4. Present an analytical perspective on the theology of mission

Be in a position to:

  1. Integrate perspectives from ‘Theology of Mission’ with their other theological and ministry studies
  2. Examine current issues in mission in the light of the theology of mission
  3. Apply perspectives from ‘Theology of Mission’ to current issues and specific ministries in world Christian mission

Content:
Section A: Biblical Theology of Mission

  1. Israel’s election and missional role in the Old Testament.
  2. God and the nations in the Old Testament
  3. The prophets, the nations and God’s missional purpose.
  4. Jesus, the gospel and the nations.
  5. Mission in the Early Church.
  6. The Pauline perspective on mission.
  7. The church, the individual and ‘sentness’.

Section B: Contemporary Theology of Mission

  1. The Missionary Conferences of the twentieth century.
  2. Development of ecumenical, evangelical and Roman Catholic theologies of mission.
  3. Religious pluralism and relationships with other faiths.
  4. Salvation, dialogue and the communication role of the church.
  5. Evangelism and social justice.
  6. Contextualisation, presence and proclamation.
  7. Development of indigenous theologies.

Set readings:
Prescribed:

  • Bolt, P. and M. Thompson (eds), The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul's Mission (Leicester; Downers Grove, IL: Apollos; IVP, 2000).
  • Kaiser, W. C., Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000).
  • Kirk, J. A., What is Mission? Theological Explorations (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999).
  • Köstenberger, A. J. and P. O’Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (Leicester: Apollos, 2001).
  • Petrella, I., Latin American Liberation Theology: The Next Generation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2005).
  • Larkin, W. J. et al, Mission in the New Testament: An Evangelical Approach (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998).
  • Peskett, H. and V. Ramachandra, The Message of Missions: The Glory of Christ in All Time and Space (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
  • Piper, J., Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).
  • Van Engen, C. E., et al, The Good News of the Kingdom: Mission Theology for the Third Millennium (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1998).

Recommended:

  • Hedlund, R. E., Roots of the Great Debate in Mission (3rd ed.; Bangalore: Theological Book Trust, 1997).
  • Taylor, W. (ed.), Global Missiology for the 21st Century: the Iguassu Dialogue (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000).

Classic:

  • Bosch, D., Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991).

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+ EM505 Mission Theology

Learning outcomes: On successful completion of this unit, students will

Know and understand:

  1. The biblical theology of mission
  2. The contemporary theology of mission
  3. Selected approaches to the theology of mission.

Be able to:

  1. Discuss the biblical theology of mission.
  2. Analyse the key issues in contemporary theologies of mission.
  3. Evaluate contemporary theologies of mission in light of the biblical theology of mission.
  4. Present a critical perspective on the theology of mission.
  5. Evaluate selected approaches to the theology of mission.

Be in a position to:

  1. Integrate perspectives from ‘Theology of Mission’ with their other theological and ministry studies.
  2. Examine current issues in mission in the light of the theology of mission.
  3. Apply perspectives from ‘Theology of Mission’ to current issues and specific ministries in world Christian mission.

Content:
Section A: Biblical Theology of Mission

  1. Israel’s election and missional role in the Old Testament.
  2. God and the nations in the Old Testament
  3. The prophets, the nations and God’s missional purpose.
  4. Jesus, the gospel and the nations.
  5. Mission in the Early Church.
  6. The Pauline perspective on mission.
  7. The church, the individual and ‘sentness’.

Section B: Contemporary Theology of Mission

  1. The Missionary Conferences of the twentieth century.
  2. Development of ecumenical, evangelical and Roman Catholic theologies of mission.
  3. Religious pluralism and relationships with other faiths.
  4. Salvation, dialogue and the communication role of the church.
  5. Evangelism and social justice.
  6. Contextualisation, presence and proclamation.
  7. Development of indigenous theologies.

Set readings:
Prescribed:

  • Bolt, P. and M. Thompson (eds), The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul's Mission (Leicester; Downers Grove, IL: Apollos; IVP, 2000).
  • Corrie, J., Dictionary of Mission Theology (Nottingham: IVP, 2007).
  • Engel, J. F. and W. A. Dyrness. Changing the Mind of Missions: Where Have We Gone Wrong? (Downers Grove: IVP, 2000).
  • Glasser, A., Announcing the Kingdom: the Story of God's Mission in the Bible (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).
  • Guthrie, S., Missions in the Third Millenium: 21 Key trends for the 21st Century (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2000).
  • Kaiser, W. C., Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000).
  • Kirk, J. A., What is Mission? Theological Explorations (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999).
  • Köstenberger, A. J. and P. O’Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (Leicester: Apollos, 2001).
  • Packer, J. I. and T. C. Oden, One Faith: The Evangelical Consensus (Downers Grove:IVP, 2004).
  • Peskett, H. and V. Ramachandra, The Message of Missions: The Glory of Christ in All Time and Space (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
  • Piper, J., Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).
  • Senior, D. and C. Stuhlmueller, The Biblical Foundations for Mission (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1983).
  • Tennent, T., Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).
  • Van Engen, C. E. et al, The Good News of the Kingdom: Mission Theology for the Third Millennium (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1998).

Recommended:

  • Petrella, I., Latin American Liberation Theology: The Next Generation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2005).
  • Taylor, W. (ed.), Global Missiology for the 21st Century: the Iguassu Dialogue (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000).

Classic:

  • Bosch, D., Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991).

Pastoral & Church-Focused Ministry (PC)

+ PC301/501 Ministry Formation

3 hours per week semester 2, annually

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Description: An overview of the many facets of practical ministry, including: the office of minister/pastor (both biblically and as seen in church history), the call to the ministry, dealing with congregational expectations and the personal spiritual development of the minister.

Textbooks:

  • D Prime, On Being a Pastor, (Moody, 2004);
  • D Fisher, The 21st Century Pastor, (Zondervan 1996);
  • I Murray, The Life of Martin Lloyd Jones, (Banner of Truth, 2013)
  • C Bridges, The Christian Ministry (Banner of Truth, 1997)

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+ PC402/602 Foundations of Pastoral Care

3 hours per week semester 1, annually

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Description: Includes a brief history of pastoral care; special revelation and common grace; a biblical-theological model of the person, life, change, and helping relationships; care and change in Christian community; an integrated approach to physiological issues; an introduction to a Christocentric approach to a range of basic difficulties that are common to many life stages - suffering, grief and loss, anger, anxiety and fear, addiction, conflict and reconciliation, and, marriage and family issues.

Outcomes:

  1. To give an introduction to basic issues in pastoral theology;
  2. To begin to develop an integrated biblical and theological understanding of pastoral ministry;
  3. To equip for ministry to families and to people in various life stages and transitions.

Textbooks:

  • E L Johnson, Foundations of Soul Care (IVP, 2007).
  • T S Lane & P D Tripp, How People Change (New Growth, 2nd edition, 2008).
  • M R Emlet, CrossTalk: Where life and Scripture Meet (New Growth, 2009).
  • D A Powlison, Seeing With New Eyes: Counseling and the Human Condition through the Lens of Scripture (P&R, 2003).
  • D A Powlison, Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community (New Growth, 2005).

    Choice of one of the following books by E T Welch:

    • Running Scared (NewGrowth, 2007).
    • When People Are Big (P&R, 1997).

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+ PC403/603 Pastoral Skills and Methods

3 hours per week 1 semester, annually

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Description: Includes a Christocentric and biblical-theological approach to relational skills, equipping skills, and pastoral care of people with a range of problems including depression, bereavement, addictions, unemployment, marital conflict and divorce, and psychiatric disorders.

Outcomes:

  • To acquaint students with various aims and methods of pastoral care;
  • To help students identify and develop people helping skills, so as to deliver pastoral care with the candidate's own empathetic involvement;
  • To provide students with opportunities to see skills modelled and to role play, with supervision, such skills themselves, so as to enable them to help persons pastorally.

Textbooks:

  • P D Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands (P&R, 2002)
  • P D Tripp, Journal of Biblical Counseling (P&R, 2002)

    Choice of one of the following books by E T Welch:

    • Addictions (P&R, 2001)
    • Depression (New Growth, 2004)

    And one of the following books:

    • W Smith, Marriage Matters (New Growth, 2010)
    • P D Tripp, What Did You Expect (IVP, 2010)

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+ PC411/611 Preaching in the Christian Tradition

2 hours per week 1 semester, 4 sermons under supervision

Lecturer: John Wilson

Description: A study of preaching as found in the OT and in the NT early church. Particular study of Chrysostom, Luther, Cranmer, Edwards, Whitefield and Spurgeon.How to preach from the various types of biblical literature. How to preach for special occasions and under particular circumstances. Various types of sermons.

Textbooks:

  • P Adam, Speaking God’s Words (IVP, 1996).
  • G Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture (Eerdmans, 2000).
  • P S Wilson, A Concise History of Preaching (Abingdon, 1992).

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+ PC442/642 Congregational Field Education

1 hour per week & 200 hours field work, even numbered years.
While students are enrolled in first semester the practical component is covered over the entire academic year.

Lecturer: Peter Hastie, Neil Chambers, Richard O'Brien, Andy May.

Description: To gain the most from the supervised field experience appointment.To be able to relate these lessons to peers. An introduction to practical issues related to congregational leadership and change.

Textbooks:

  • J Adams, Shepherding God’s Flock (3 volumes in one) (Baker, 1980).
  • N Kirkwood, Pastoral Care in Hospitals (Dwyer, 1995).
  • J MacArthur Jr, Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry (Word, 1995).

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+ PC443/643 Pastoral Care Field Education

1 hour per week & 200 hours field work, even numbered years.
While students are enrolled in first semester the practical component is covered over the entire academic year.

Description: To gain the most from the supervised field experience appointment. To be able to relate these lessons to peers. An introduction to the practical issues related to pastoral care in congregation and other ministry settings.

Textbooks:

  • J Adams, Shepherding God’s Flock (3 volumes in one) (Baker, 1980).
  • N Kirkwood, Pastoral Care in Hospitals (Dwyer, 1995).
  • J MacArthur, Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry (Word, 1995).

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+ PC447/647 Introductory Preaching

3 hours per week semester 1, odd numbered years

Description: Biblical principles and patterns. The aims, forms and context of preaching, the preacher himself. The basic principles of exegesis and exposition.The various components of a sermon and how to put them together. Methods and techniques of preaching.

Outcomes: a personal acquaintance with the principles, aims and types of Christian proclamation through the application of exegetical and expository methods.

Fieldwork: Requirements include four sermons reviewed variously by the lecturer and appropriately qualified and experienced supervisors.

Textbooks:

  • Scott Gibson (ed), Preaching to a Shifting Culture (Baker 2004).
  • WilliamPhilip (ed), The Practical Preacher (Proclamation Trust, 2002).
  • Christopher Ash,The Priority of Preaching (Christian Focus 2009).
  • Graham Johnston, Preaching to a Postmodern World (Baker, 2001).
  • Stewart Gill (ed) Preaching the Word: Essays in Honour of Professor Tom Wilkinson (RTR Supplement Series 3, 2009).

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+ PC489/689 Preaching for Lifelong Learning

3 hours per week semester 1, even numbered years

Description: Preaching as a lifelong ministry, focusing on the development of the preacher and effectiveness in preaching as a life-long process, work-shopping sermon preparation, particularly from different biblical genres and developing biblical criteria for critiquing sermons; Preaching for life-long change, including preaching to the heart without being pietistic or individualistic. Field work is required.

Outcomes: Acquaintance with the principles, aims and demands of Christian proclamation; ability to construct, deliver and critique sermons.

Textbooks:

  • J Adams, Sermon Analysis (Accent, 1986).
  • C Ash, The priority of Preaching (Christian Focus, 2009).
  • B Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching (Baker, 2005);
  • W Philip (ed), The Practical Preacher (Proclamation Trust, 2002).

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+ PC489/689 dsc Biblical Counselling and Contemporary Thought

Semi-intensive mode

Lecturer: Karl Hood

Prerequisites: Foundational units in biblical counselling.

Description:

Various models of current influence will be studied by classroom discussion and readin, such as: cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology, secular and Christian needs-based models, biochemical psychiatry, behaviourism, and 'pop psychology'.

Also includes a self-critique of biblical counselling.

The unit will be taught in semi-intensive seminar mode over 3 or 4 days spread throughout the semester.

Outcomes:

  1. To develop skills in interacting with various conselling models and their adherents-including critique, reinterpretation, and learning from other models.
  2. To be equipped to minister to people who have been unhelpfully influenced by counselling models

Textbooks: These will be selected according to the learning needs of individual students. They include articles and books by:

  • J Adams, Sermon Analysis, (Accent, 1986)
  • C Ash, The Priority of Preaching (Christian Focus, 2009)
  • B Chapell, Christ-Centere Preaching (Baker, 2005)
  • W Philip (ed), The Practical Preacher (Proclomation Trust, 2002)

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+ PC489/689 dsc Pastoral Counselling Topics and Practices

Directed Study Contract Mode

Lecturer: Edward Welch, recorded 2001 MA(Th) lectures.
Tutorials & grading: Karl Hood

Prerequisites: A foundational course in biblical counselling is desirable.

Description:

Includes current Christian counselling approaches compared and contrasted with progressive biblical counselling; systematic and biblical theology for counselling; Scripture and private pastoral ministry; pastors counselling within their congregation; counselling skills for pastors; eqquipping the saints for personal ministry of the word- a mutual ministry model (approx 40%)

Specific problem areas in pastoral counselling (approx 60%).

This unit requires listening to lectures delivered by Ed Welch at PTC Melbourne in 2011; some set reading with a written reading report and tutorial presentation; a pastoral counselling analysis and ministry plan for a literature based case study; and an essay on a particular problem area. There will be 6 hours of face to face contact with the lecturer.

Outcomes:

  1. To study in depth some of the features of progressive biblical counselling in relation to selected problem areas
  2. To apply theological insights to personal and pastoral needs.

Textbooks: These will be selected according to the learning needs of individual students. They include articles and books by:

  • E L Johnson
  • P D Tripp
  • A Purves
  • E T Welch
  • M R McMinn
  • D A Powlinson
  • G R Evans
  • M R Emlet
  • T S Lane
  • D Tidball
  • T J Keller
  • A Poirier

Research Methods (RM)

+ RM095-4 Introduction to Research Methods

Online, every semester

Honours and Postgraduate research requirement

Tutor: Felix Chung

Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit, students will...

Know and understand

  1. The nature of research and related debates relating to its purpose, value, ethics, paradigms and epistemology.
  2. The research methods most often used in a candidate’s proposed field of research.

Be able to

  1. Identify a researchable topic and articulate the research question, or hypothesis being explored.
  2. Articulate the conceptualization underpinning the research proposal.
  3. Develop a research plan that demonstrates capacity to manage the research project.

Be in a position to

  1. Write a clearly set out research proposal that can be completed within the time allowable.
  2. Satisfactorily complete an Ethics Protocol where human subject participant is required.

Content:

The philosophy of research

  • The place and value of student research in higher education
  • The purpose of research
  • Epistemological issues in research
  • Paradigms in research
  • Integrity in research: awareness of ethical issues and honesty with evidence
  • Issues of personal motivation for beginning and sustaining research

The resources of research

  • Resources in the college: staff, library, peer interaction
  • Resources beyond the college: other researchers and research groups, internet, conferences and consultations.
  • Learning to use the tools and access the sources for efficient research
  • Qualitative and quantitative research: the importance of methodology
  • Managing and reporting data: collection and maintenance
  • Literature reviews: library and other electronic resources

Administration of research

  • The candidate-supervisor relationship
  • Supervisor’s role and responsibilities
  • Candidate’s role and responsibilities
  • Compatibility, styles of supervisions and dispute resolution
  • Risk in research

Project Management

  • Time path of research
  • Scoping
  • Sketching argument and structure
  • Developing work programs
  • Establishing a schedule for the production of written materials; parts of the whole paper of a thesis/project; accumulation of data from survey research; supervisor’s scrutiny of the parts and feedback

Analysis and interpretation

  • Handling evidence and data
  • Research in the service of Christian ministries
  • Research in ministry – design and practice

Focus and production

  • Formulating a proposal: defining the topic; setting realistic, achievable goals; benefits
  • Safeguards in ‘human subject research’: the evidence necessary for project approval by an ethics committee; ethics protocols for research involving human subjects
  • Final form of the thesis/project: revision of style and accuracy of writing; consistency in use of conventions; supervisor’s final approval; research writing for critique and publication.

Readings: Available on the ACT website.

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+ RM095-6 Introduction to Research Methods

Online, every semester

Honours and Postgraduate research requirement

Tutor: Felix Chung

Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit, students will...

Know and understand

  • The nature of research and related debates relating to its purpose, value, ethics, paradigms and epistemology.
  • Critique the research methods most often used in a candidate’s proposed field of research.

Be able to

  • Identify a researchable topic and articulate the research question, or hypothesis being explored.
  • Articulate the conceptualization underpinning the research proposal.
  • Develop a research plan that demonstrates capacity to manage the research project.

Be in a position to

  • Write a clearly set out research proposal that can be completed within the time allowable.
  • Satisfactorily complete an Ethics Protocol where human subject participant is required.

Content: The philosophy of research

  • The place and value of student research in higher education
  • The purpose of research
  • Epistemological issues in research
  • Paradigms in research
  • Integrity in research: awareness of ethical issues and honesty with evidence
  • Issues of personal motivation for beginning and sustaining research

The resources of research

  • Resources in the college: staff, library, peer interaction
  • Resources beyond the college: other researchers and research groups, internet, conferences and consultations.
  • Learning to use the tools and access the sources for efficient research
  • Qualitative and quantitative research: the importance of methodology
  • Managing and reporting data: collection and maintenance
  • Literature reviews: library and other electronic resources

Administration of research

  • The candidate-supervisor relationship
  • Supervisor’s role and responsibilities
  • Candidate’s role and responsibilities
  • Compatibility, styles of supervisions and dispute resolution
  • Risk in research

Project Management

  • Time path of research
  • Scoping
  • Sketching argument and structure
  • Developing work programs
  • Establishing a schedule for the production of written materials; parts of the whole paper of a thesis/project; accumulation of data from survey research; supervisor’s scrutiny of the parts and feedback

Analysis and interpretation

  • Handling evidence and data
  • Research in the service of Christian ministries
  • Research in ministry – design and practice

Focus and production

  • Formulating a proposal: defining the topic; setting realistic, achievable goals; benefits
  • Safeguards in ‘human subject research’: the evidence necessary for project approval by an ethics committee; ethics protocols for research involving human subjects
  • Final form of the thesis/project: revision of style and accuracy of writing; consistency in use of conventions; supervisor’s final approval; research writing for critique and publication.

Readings: Available on the ACT website.

Internal Units

+ English Grammar

Summer Intensive, 4 days (Grammar 12 hours, Skills 8 hours) annually

This subject is compulsory for all first year full time students.

Lecturer: Wendy Bytheway, Gillian Asquith

Outcomes: The English Grammar course will be a firm foundation for learning Hebrew and Greek

Fees: There is no charge to PTC students for this unit.

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+ Philosophy

Summer Intensive, 2 days (10 hours), even numbered years

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Outcomes: students will become familiar with the sweep of Western thought and culture as influenced by its philosophers

Method: Class lectures and notes with discussion

Textbooks:

  • Richard Tarnas, The Passion of the Western Mind. Understandin the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View, (Ballantine, 1993)
  • Garrett J. DeWeese & J.P. Moreland, Philosopy Made Slightly Less Difficult. A beginner's Guide to Life's Big Quesions, (IVP, 2005).

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+ Apologetics

Summer Intensive, 2 days (6 hours), odd numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Outcomes: to gain a working acquaintance with apologetics in the Bible and its application to contemporary issues in apologetics.

Method: Class instruction and discussion.

Assessment: Written exam (1 hour)

Textbooks:

  • W Craig, Reasonable Faith, (Crossway, 2008).
  • D Groothuis, Christian Apologetics (IVD 2011,)
  • K Bon, Faith Has Its Reasons, (Paternoster 2005)

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+ Ethics

Summer Intensive, 5 days (20 hours), even numbered years

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Outcomes: students should become aware of the whole field of ethics and learn some tools for resolving ethical issues.

Method: Class lectures and notes with discussion

Textbook:

  • Andrew J.B. Cameron, Joined-Up Life. A Christian Account of How Ethics Works, (IVP, 2011)
  • John S. Feinberg & Paul D. Feinburg, Ethics for a Brave New World, (Baker, 2002).
  • Megan Best, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life, (Matthias Media, 2012)

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+ Presbyterian History

Summer Intensive, 5 days (20 hours), odd numbered years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Course content:

  • Scottish roots:include the Scottish Reformation, the Covenanters, awakening and secessions, missions and the Disruption, unions and the rise of biblical criticism.
  • Australian planting: including John Dunmore Lang and James Forbes, divisions and State unions, temperance, theological halls, missions, Charles Strong.
  • Australian growth: including federalism, Samuel Angus, the division of 1977, recent challenges.

Pre-course assignment: please contact the lecturer

Textbook:

  • Allan and Mairi Harman, Australian Presbyterian History with its Scottish and Irish Background (Melbourne: PTC, 2003).

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+ Presbyterian Polity

Summer Intensive, 5 days (15 hours), odd numbered years

Lecturer: John Wilson

Descripton: An overview of the biblical foundations for Presbyterian polity, the historical development of it, and the present polity as practised in the church. An essential component of this course is attendance at session, presbytery and the General Assembly.

Textbooks:

  • Code Book of the PCV (2016)
  • PCA Constitution, Procedure and Practice (2013)
  • F Maxwell Bradshaw, Basic Documents on Presbyterian Polity (Christian Education Committee, PCA 1984)
  • Kevin Reed, Biblical Church Government (Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1983)

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+ Biblical Theology

Summer Intensive, 1 day (6 hours), annually

The subject is compulsory for all first year full time students.

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Outcomes To introduce first year students to the study of biblical teaching by reviewing the major stages of the whole biblical narrative.

Description: An introduction to biblical theology.

Method: Class instruction and discussion.

Assessment: Written exam

Textbooks:

  • S Levy, Bible Overview (Christian Focus, 2008).
  • W Kaiser, The Promise-Plan of God (Zondervan, 2011).
  • P Golding, Covenant Theology, Mentor, 2004)
  • M Brown, Sacred Bond, Reformed Fellowship, 2012)

Fees: There is no charge to PTC students for this unit.

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+ Reformed Worship

Summer Intensive, 5 days (18 hours), even numbered years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Outcomes:

  • To bring candidates for the ministry to focus on particular aspects of the theology and practice of worship in Scripture and in the Reformed tradition.
  • To enable competency in the constructing and leading of a Presbyterian worship service.

Course content:

  • Worship in the Old and New Testament
  • The Theology of Worship
  • Construction of a Worship Service
  • Contemporary Issues

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion.

Assessment: Written exam (two hours)

Textbooks:

  • B Chappell, Christ-Centred Worship (Baker 2009)
  • L Duncan, P Ryken, D Thomas, Give Praise to God, (P & R, 2003)
  • N Due, Created for Worship, (Mentor, 2005)
  • R Sproul, A Taste of HEaven, (Reformers Trust, 2006)

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+ 創世記導論 (Introduction to Genesis)

聯絡: Dr. Felix Chung

電話: (03) 9898 9384

電郵: felixchung@presbyteriancollege.org

科目內容: 此科目為聖經研究之科目, 目的為幫助平信徒與教會領袖明白創世記之神學主題, 釋經內容, 及對信徒生活實踐之幫助。為 協助教會平信徒及領袖研讀創世記之用。

  • 普世焦點與以色列焦點
  • 創造與毀滅
  • 神人之約
  • 有關釋經方法
  • 有關歷史事實
  • 族長之歷史
  • 從創造與毀滅
  • 從族長的歷史

本科目要求:

如欲修讀學分者:

  1. 能出席課堂達80%
  2. 主動參與課堂討論及活動
  3. 完成一篇1000字之文章
  4. 閱讀課堂派發之參考資料

旁聽生:

  1. 能出席課堂達80%
  2. 參與課堂討論及活動
  3. 閱讀課堂所派發之參考資料

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+ Supervised Learning Experience Years I-IV

Presbyterian ministry candidates undertake Field Education each year over four years. This includes Guided Reading and Sermon Review in years one to four, supervised field education placement in years three and four, as per the ACT units, PC442/642 CFE and PC443/643 PCFE.

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