Details for Ministry in Animistic Contexts

This unit provides an advanced study of the animistic world. Ministry approaches that are essential for their effective integration into Christian faith will be examined in detail.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CCM203
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Kevin Hovey

Prerequisites

CCM101—Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry or 40 Credit Points

Awards offering Ministry in Animistic Contexts

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. Identify the key concepts and practices of animism, both as experienced in the world today and as evidenced in the Bible;
  2. Analyse the reasons for the pervasiveness and persistence of animism despite contact with other major religions including Christianity;
  3. Explain important principles involved in discipling Animists;
  4. Distinguish the key ways animism interacts with other aspects of social and religious experience;
  5. Analyse Christian ministry concepts, including power encounter, functional substitutes, ministry to fear, tendency to nominalism, tendency to ritual rather than relationship;
  6. Examine the challenges of animism for current missionary strategy.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to animism as practiced today, including phenomenology and key concepts
  2. Overview of the scriptures from an animistic perspective
  3. Key Christian ministry concepts, including power encounter, functional substitutes, ministry to fear, tendency to nominalism, tendency to ritual rather than relationship
  4. Development of ministry approaches, replacing traditional power needs with Christian power solutions

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, seminars, group tutorials, field interview and student presentations. An emphasis will be placed on students’ own research

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Book Review 20% (1000 words)
  • Field Interview and Report 30% (1500 words)
  • Major Essay 50% (2500 words)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided