Graduate Program Course Descriptions
Practical Theology (PT)
PT 510 Research Methods: Perspectives and Resources
Research Methods: Perspectives and Resources 3 credits
Foundational to post-graduate level study is the need to understand and become familiar with research methodology. This course is intentionally designed to prepare the student for careful, investigative research resulting in appropriate writing styles, adequate referencing and critical analysis. Analyzing, evaluating, building and presenting arguments are central to the course. Developing a familiarity with different research methodologies, data analysis and the preparation of literature reviews prepare the student to maximize the whole course but, in particular, to be prepared for the research track which comprises their own unique project.
PT520 Critical Thought and Spirituality
Critical Thought and Spirituality 3 credits
An authentic spirituality and academic rigor are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, when rightfully used to inform each other they are very complimentary. This course examines the interface between critical thought and spirituality with emphasis on developing competencies in analyzing a variety of viewpoints and developing arguments that are coherent and objective. The outcome of the course is to enable the student to be a lifelong learner, tolerant of other viewpoints but secure in their own without the need to resort to defensive rhetoric.
PT610 Ethical and Legal Matters in Christian Leadership
Ethical and Legal Matters in Christian Leadership 3 credits
In an increasingly complex environment characterized by demanding regulatory requirements, leaders need ethical and theological awareness in order to sustain moral and principle-centered organizations. This course seeks to familiarize the students with ethical and legal concepts thus facilitating theological reflection and practical action in the light of the Church’s moral mission in society.
PT620 Contemporary Preaching/ Communication
Contemporary Preaching / Communication 3 credits
Recognizing the shift in culture and the impact of technology, this course is designed to introduce the student to the context in which preaching (which includes contextual communication) now takes place. Beginning with an affirmation of the role of preaching in the Church, the course examines cultural shift, the impacts of literary and historical deconstruction and models for communicating the timeless message of Christ in the 21st Century. Options for further research that include the use of technology in preaching, preaching in a pluralist context and exploring alternative models of church will enhance the value of this course. The student will be better able to assess the needs of his or her listeners, engage the art of storytelling and generally be better equipped to serve the contemporary church.
Leadership Development (LD)
LD510 The Role of the Team in Leadership
The Role of the Team in Leadership 3 credits
Transitions in leadership theory and style generally suggest that team leadership is preferable in most contexts. These transitions are identified and the student is offered the opportunity to carefully assess the strengths and weaknesses of each. The unique requirements of team leadership including authenticity, visionary initiative and how to accommodate diversity form the core discussion within this course. Participants will further consider the nature of conflict within teams, the effective management of this conflict and the key components necessary to develop and staff a team.
LD520 Organizational Development and Strategic Planning
Organizational Development and Strategic Planning 3 credits
Established organizational development strategies do not always translate directly into building missional organizations. The interface between effective strategic planning and its application within a missional context is carefully examined within this course. The student is enabled to establish values, mission and vision and then apply them in a consistent and strategic way. Students will explore how to manage change, cope with resistance and develop viable and sustainable missional organizations.
LD530 Contemporary Models of Missional Leadership
Contemporary Models of Missional Leadership 3 credits
Building on previous course work, this course seeks to allow the student to evaluate a variety of models for leadership. With an eye on sustainability and viability, the student is encouraged to explore different models, identify such models currently in practice and to be able to motivate appropriate principles for his or her own leadership context.
LD610 Leadership in a Global Context
Leadership in a Global Context 3 credits
Building on the factual realities of globalization, this course is designed to develop competencies in developing a biblical world view that responds in a Christ-honoring way to the complex issues of religious, ideological and cultural diversity that now define the context of twenty first century church. Understanding mass migration, pluralism, gender issues and ethnic diversity are foundational to effectively leading churches and ministries that are clearly counter-cultural communities of faith. The intentional inclusiveness of Christ-following people and demonstrating an understanding in leading redemptive communities forms the theological foundation of this course.
LD620 Generational Succession
Generational Succession 3 credits
This course addresses a largely ignored and under-described aspect of leadership. Of particular relevance to leaders in Western cultural contexts, this course explores the role of mentoring, transformational leadership and, importantly, the diverse roles for both older and younger leaders. Missional communities do not devalue experience nor do they condone generationally bound communities. The student will learn to accommodate and celebrate a multi-generational approach to leadership.
Contextual Studies (CS)
CS510 An Introduction to Mission and Culture
An Introduction to Mission and Culture 3 credits
Although introductory, this course is designed to engage the student in becoming familiar with the growing genre of material available in contemporary mission studies. Identifying the components of culture the course provides the student with the tools to identify cultural forms and norms without imposing a Christianized worldview on lifestyles and practices that are different to their own. The transformational impact of the Gospel in the lives of individuals and communities is examined in the light of a biblically based theology that takes the missional call of the Church seriously.
CS520 Missionary Movements in Review: Lessons for Contemporary Mission
Missionary Movements in Review: Lessons for Contemporary Mission 3 credits
Adopting the historical method of identifying key events from the past, this course will undertake a history of mission through the lens of missionary movements. An overview of movements that can be clearly identified as missionary due to their evangelistic and outward focus will lay the foundation for the course. In turn this will allow for a critical examination of what defines a missionary movement, the interrelationship between the organic nature and organizational reality of mission and any common factors that exist in the success or long term demise of a missionary movement. The outcome will be to develop analytical tools that provide lessons for contemporary mission.
CS610 Reflective Leadership Context Assessment
Reflective Leadership Context Assessment (MAML) 3 credits
A post-graduate degree should be characterized by heightened competencies in areas such as reflective thought, critical analysis and familiarity with relevant literature. Employing appropriate research methodologies Trinity post-graduate degrees comprise a significant research track that enables the student to explore ministry specific fields of study. The objective is to reinforce lifelong learning, the humility of a scholar and applied learning relevant to the student’s own context. This allows some degree of specialization whilst accommodating academic rigor and the positive involvement of a well-qualified supervisor. Additionally, this part of the program is designed to equip those students who wish to pursue further studies.
CS620 The Biblical Theology of Justice
The Biblical Theology of Justice 3 credits
Combining biblical studies and theology, this course identifies the overarching biblical narrative of God’s love for the poor, the widow, the orphan and the foreigner. Based on the Talmudic concept of Jubilee this course will trace the messianic story of the Bible culminating in the coming of Christ to bring the message of the Kingdom of God. Having established a theological rationale, this course will then explore contemporary models of expressing God’s Kingdom through acts of service, the establishment of ministries of mercy and the responsibility of the contemporary church to be a voice for the oppressed and an advocate for the poor.
Thesis 9 Credits
The capstone of the MA (Missional Leadership) is a research based project enabling the student to undertake a serious piece of academic writing in an area specific to his/her interest. The project involves participation in a dynamic Research Training Program (RTP). RTP is included in the residential sessions and will guide the student through the entire research process from proposal and annotated bibliography to thesis.