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Pioneer modules for the upcoming term are online and open to all!

I shall come as a stranger with everything to learn again.

This is a quotation from John Taylor, former CMS mission partner and general secretary of CMS from 1963-74. In many ways I feel like this applies to the world right now. It is the world as we know it – spring is here, buds and green shoots are sprouting, the days are longer, birdsong is clear and beautiful. But it is as if we are strangers and we have to learn how to live in our world again as we live with lockdown and adjust to new ways of living, working or not working, relating, enduring physical distancing and just being.

As we are learning how to live in this strange new world, maybe there are other things to learn as well.  Why not come and join us for some remote learning next term? There are six modules on offer on Mondays and Tuesdays. The undergraduate courses are taught on Mondays and are: Bible in Context, Introduction to the Bible, Developing Ministry and Worship in Context, Spirituality and Discipleship. The postgraduate courses are taught on Tuesdays and are: Mission and Evangelism and Theology in Global Perspective.

Come and reflect on how to read the Bible in context – especially this current context. Or think about how do we worship now that all the old systems are not working? Or consider just what spiritual practices might help us now? Or what is mission in a time of Covid? And what insights can we glean from theologies from other parts of the world, where Christians are much are more familiar with pandemics than we are?

All the materials will be uploaded to Moodle and the “class time” is 10.30am-1pm over Zoom. We will start with some worship, led by a student, and the rest of the time will be used to interact with the materials that you will have already seen, listened to, read. There will be group chats and live interaction. We will do our best to avoid #zoomfatigue!

These are strange times, anxious times, times of change, upset and loss. Some relish the challenges this offers, others find it worrying and frightening. It may be that turning our mind to learning in this way offers us all a gift of something new and different as we come as strangers into this new world with everything to learn again.

A reminder of the modules available

Bible in context

Considers different approaches to interpreting the Bible and how to read in light of both its original and subsequent contexts, looks at how the Old and New Testaments can be related to each other, and applies this learning to your own engagement with the Bible. Led by John Drane.

Introduction to the Bible

An overview of the purpose, context and content of the Old and New Testaments, becoming familiar with approaches to biblical study and considering how to engage biblical texts in mission and ministry.

Developing ministry and worship in context

This module links with your own work or placement to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Christian worship, develop practical skills, and equip you in leading worship, preaching and pastoral care in your context.

Spirituality and discipleship

Explores different approaches to discipleship, considering various Christian spiritual practices and biblical models for prayer and engaging practically with these in your own life.

Postgraduate level:

Reflective practice in mission and evangelism

An opportunity to gain a solid grasp of missiology and to engage with current mission issues through exploration of themes and metaphors. It will also help you to reflect missiologically on your own context and experience.

Theologies in global perspective

Helps us to engage in theology in the current global context by examining global perspectives on our Bible, faith and mission.

For all the details, email pioneer@churchmissionsociety.org or hit the button below.

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