Subjects offered in Semester 2, 2016
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Undergraduate Coursework Strand - Subjects & Intensives

Each year, Tabor School of MTC offers a range of subjects & Intensives for anyone who is interested in learning more about Theology, Ministry and/or Culture. You can enrol in these subjects either for credit, as part of a course (Such as a Diploma or Bachelor in Ministry or Theology) or Audit a subject (Enjoy a subject with no assignments or assessments required). Some of these subjects are offered online and some are offered on campus.Note: Postgraduate Subjects are also offered by our MTC faculty and noted academics and practitioners from across Australia.  

Offered On Campus: Yes
Online option: Yes
Dates: July-October (Four Sessions-One per month)

Have you ever considered offering an English language teaching program in your own community, but don't know where to begin? TESOL and Community Engagement is a practical subject that introduces some of the common issues faced by people from other cultures and languages learning English, and provides the knowledge and skills you need to develop an English teaching program for your own context.

 

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: July 11-15

Diversity takes many forms in the Christian community (gender, ethnicity, socio-economic, generational, ability, sexuality, religious/denominational) and can cause difficulties in building unity. This subject introduces students to a theology and theories of diversity, and the personal and corporate implications of diversity for management and ministry practice.

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Thursdays 1-4pm)

This foundational subject presents a theology of Christian ministry that emphasises the privilege of participating in the relational life of the triune God of grace. The subject is essentially broken into two parts. In the first, students explore what it means for the entire Church Community to be caught up in God's Trinitarian ministry to the world, promoting the gospel in life and word. In the second half, students explore their own personal calling by God to ministry, further discovering God's design for them to be an essential facet of the Body of Christ.

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Mondays 1-4pm)

This subject is designed to introduce you to some of the distinctive teachings of the Christian Faith, to look at some of those questions about "Life, the Universe, and everything". In a way, it's really here to teach you how to have more questions! Theology is something that you never really reach the end of – it is, by definition, the study (logos) of God (theos). God is infinite, after all, and there is no end to the things we can discover about Him. Too often, it seems, Christians have a God that is too "small" – He is neatly packed into a simple (or simplistic) model, and there is little desire to learn more about Him. But this course is also not just about knowing about God – it is about knowing Him more (even if you're not sure yet that He's there to know!), so that you may come to have a deeper relationship with Him.

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Tuesdays 9-12)

What is theology and how do we do it well? Who is God and what is God like? How does God speak and act in the world? Why is there evil and suffering? What is prayer? These are the major questions this subject addresses. In more technical language, it examines the nature of theology and theological method (including the role of scripture, tradition, reason and experience), the doctrine of the Trinity (including the history of its development and its significance for all Christian thought and practice), the perfections or attributes of God, the nature of revelation and faith, the doctrine of creation and providence, the question of theodicy, and the practice of prayer in the Christian life.

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Tuesdays 9-12)

This foundational subject will help students to develop their one-to-one and their one-to many communication skills, a necessary part of any people-helping practice. It will explore active listening, conflict transformation skills, group dynamics, and how to detect blocks to effective communication. Students will also be equipped to prepare a short oral Presentation. This is an essential course for anybody wanting to go into a ministry built around interactions with others on a regular basis – in short, anybody!

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Tuesdays 6-9)

This foundation subject introduces the student to the content, themes, and context of the New Testament. It provides a platform for further studies of specific NT texts. An emphasis of this subject is helping students to see the relevance of understanding the New Testament for their life and ministry. The student will come to understand how the various canonical books relate to one another and how they fit within the larger NT narrative, and recognise how the NT speaks to our present situation.

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Wednesdays 9-12)

The Gospel narratives are stories about, and from, Jesus of Nazareth - as such there is no more important literature for any Christian to read. But these were stories first told, and then written to be heard, so they cannot be read like theological textbooks and mined for propositional, doctrinal truths. We need to learn how to hear them as stories that shape our imagination (renew our minds) in order to make us faithful followers of Jesus (transformed people). We will be focusing on Luke's Gospel as a means to learn how to hear, interpret, and apply Jesus-stories to our lives and considering how we might share those stories in a way that highlights their original power. This will involve understanding their context and culture, and using a wide variety of methodological tools. Along the way we will engage with contemporary Scholarship of Luke and the Gospels

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Wednesday 1-4)

In Biblical Theology we have the opportunity to come to grips with how the Bible works as a whole. Our goal is to develop an understanding of the biblical metanarrative, via reference to the various covenants that God enters into with his people (including the Noahic, Abrahamic, Sinai, Davidic, and New) and culminating in the new creation. We will also spend time considering how an appreciation of the missio dei (as revealed in the biblical metanarrative) should shape the life and role of the church today, and discuss some key themes (e.g. the law, salvation, God's presence) that permeate much of the Bible. If you want to grasp the "big picture" of the biblical story then this subject is for you!

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Wednesday 1-4)

Introduction to Introduction to the Biblical Languages is designed to provide you with a basic level of knowledge about the key biblical languages (Greek and Hebrew) and introduce you to some of the important original language resources which are available. Students are not expected to learn the languages per se (apart from the alphabets and transliteration schema); instead, the focus is on developing a working knowledge of the key features of the languages and the tools that you can draw on to aid your exegesis of the biblical text.

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Thursdays 1-4)

This foundational subject presents a theology of Christian ministry that emphasises the privilege of participating in the relational life of the triune God of grace. The subject is essentially broken into two parts. In the first, students explore what it means for the entire Church Community to be caught up in God's Trinitarian ministry to the world, promoting the gospel in life and word. In the second half, students explore their own personal calling by God to ministry, further discovering God's design for them to be an essential facet of the Body of Christ.

Offered On Campus: Yes

Online option: Yes

Dates: August 2 - November 8 (Thursdays 9-12)

This subject focuses on the theory, principles and practice of biblical interpretation. In particular, we will consider the necessity of paying attention to the three worlds of the biblical text: the world behind the text (i.e. the world in which the text was produced and first read), the world within the text (i.e. the text itself), and the world in front of the text (i.e. the world of the interpreter, you and me, and the influence this has). Our goal is to develop an approach to reading the Bible which you will be able to apply with confidence.

Offered On Campus: No (Offered Online only)

Dates: August 2 - November 8 

This subject focuses on the distinctiveness and relevance of Christian ethics for living in the contemporary world. It surveys and critiques a number of classical philosophical models of morality and a variety of Christian approaches. It also endorses the contemporary emphasis on vision, narrative, character and community, and examines the fundamental importance of theology, spirituality and eschatology for the ethical life. The moral theology of Karl Barth is introduced as one way of reflecting on what it means to live a fully human life in the world, as a free response to the gracious action of God towards us in Jesus Christ. In the light of a Christian understanding of freedom (freedom before God, freedom in fellowship, freedom for life, and freedom in limitation) the student is encouraged to reflect on contemporary issues of human life in the world. These include: worship and witness; marriage, divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, family, society, race, and politics; health, medicine, the environment, suicide, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, war and church mission in the world; time, work, and human dignity.

Offered On Campus: No (Offered Online only)

Dates: August 2 - November 8

This foundational subject introduces students to the God of grace and helps them to see themselves as loved by that God. It introduces the student to Jesus Christ who is presented as the one human being who truly reflects the image of God, it is from him that we understand who God is and who we are as human beings in relation to God. This subject helps students to understand and enjoy living gratefully in the grace of God. The approach is to present Jesus Christ as the one human being who truly reflects has specific relevance for the practice of prayer and for knowing and doing the will of God.

Offered On Campus: No (Offered Online only)

Dates: August 2 - November 8

This advanced subject builds upon TM5212/TM8212, The Story of the Church, to explore the earliest roots of the Christian movement, from the post-apostolic era to around 500C.E. It seeks to inspire and challenge the student, as well as ground them in the tumultuous, energetic and often profound movements of Christianity in this formative period. Students will be introduced to the analytical study of primary documents, allowing them the opportunity to integrate this ancient Spirituality into their own.

Offered On Campus: No (Offered Online only)

Dates: August 2 - November 8

The harsh reality of global poverty is constantly displayed. God does care for the poor and requires that from His people too. This hope-filled class will explore practical options, especially community development, that will contribute to bringing dignity and healing through an integral mission framework. Students rarely leave this class without a new appreciation for their life and work.

Offered On Campus: No (Offered Online only)

Dates: August 2 - November 8

Introduction to World Religions provides the student with a general introduction to religion, and attempts to help the student understand significant non-Christian religious traditions (Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) on their own terms through exploring their history, significant leaders, sacred writings, groupings/branches and foundational beliefs and practices. Students will be encouraged to develop a deeper interest in a given religious tradition that will continue after their study is completed. As the subject is not polemical in nature, but missiological & theological, students will appreciate the context of Christianity in areas where other religions are predominant, and the implications arising for evangelism and discipleship.

Offered On Campus: No (Offered Online only)

Dates: August 2 - November 8

This subject surveys the diversity of 20th Century theological thought by focusing on the theological contribution of selected theologians within their particular philosophical, social and ecclesial contexts. Attention will be given to the historical development of different themes in theological discourse and the employment of different methods in doing theology. The aim is to encourage students to develop their own theological perspectives, as they engage with the contributions of diverse Christian thinkers from within the broader Christian tradition in the modern period.

Offered On Campus: No (Offered Online only)

Dates: August 2 - November 8

Living and working cross-culturally poses many challenges but when well equipped and prepared the cross-cultural worker is empowered to overcome them. This subject provides a biblical and practical introduction to the various phases of the journey associated with living and serving in a new and different cultural context – preparation, entering the new cultural context and settling within an incarnational model for ministry, and re-entry– and associated issues. This should assist students in their own decision making regarding the journey.

 Contact School of Ministry, Theology and Culture School Administrator:Samantha Owens This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enrol in your 2016 subjects.Click here to see the Postgraduate Coursework Strand - Intensives 

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