Course Memo

As the second of two foundational seminars in the Doctor of Ministry program, this course, Theology, Culture and Mission, engages students in exploring a contextual approach to theological reflection and ministry by examining the interface between culture and mission, the issues and challenges of understanding their own social location, and the possibilities and limits of understanding their ministry setting in terms of its structural dynamics. Students will explore the emergence of contextual theologies as a way of examining how theology is shaped by socio-historical context and human experience. Students will explore the pastoral/praxis circle as a method of pastoral planning, examine various methods of social analysis, and engage both in social analysis and theological reflection on their ministry setting or a subset of it. Must be an SFTS DMin student. Course meets daily, 6/20/23-6/24/23, from 9am-5pm at SFTS.