CHP3110 Church Planting in Pluralistic Societies
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
What is the church to do in a society marked by religious pluralism, ethnic diversity, and cultural relativism? This course will explore the problems and complexities of planting missional churches within the reality of competing belief systems. Students will examine past and present challenges of monotheistic faith models, universal marks of the Church and contextual analysis for best practices.
How This Course Benefits Students:
One of the largest challenges for church planters within the postmodern context is the reality of multiple and competing belief systems. Students will research how the Church has responded to this challenge in history, define the marks of the Church universally and do cultural analysis of their own context. Special attention will be focused on 20th century church planting movements in India that closely resemble the present postmodern context in the West. Students will draw their own conclusions for best practices in their context while using Leslie Newbiggins work base work of The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society. The undergraduate course will focus on examining given past and present models and defining marks for the church universal through the book of Acts. The graduate course will build off of that knowledge base but allow students to draw their own conclusions of best practices for their context based on cultural analysis and their own researched models.
Why This Course Is Important:
In the West, church planting in the 20th century was like playing home games. The ministry context was largely familiar and friendly. Within the reality of the postmodern context, cultural relativism has challenged the church to be more akin to playing away games in its ministry strategies. This course will help students evaluate both the challenges and opportunities for the Gospel in pluralistic societies.