Details for Ministry in Animistic Contexts


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CCM503
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Kevin Hovey

Prerequisites

Awards offering Ministry in Animistic Contexts

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

Unit Content

Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate 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. Appraise important principles involved in discipling Animists; 
  4. Distinguish and critique the key ways animism interacts with other aspects of social and religious experience;
  5. Critically analyse Christian ministry concepts, including power encounter, functional substitutes, ministry to fear, tendency to nominalism, tendency to ritual rather than relationship;
  6. Differentiate and assess the challenges of animism for current missionary strategy.

Subject Content

  • Identify the phenomenology of animism including key concepts and practices, as experienced in the world today and as evidenced in the Bible;
  • Analyse the reasons for the pervasiveness and persistence of animism despite contact with other major religions including Christianity;
  • Explain important principles involved in evangelizing and discipling people of animistic background;
  • Distinguish the key ways animism interacts with other aspects of social and religious experience;
  • Analyse Christian ministry concepts, including power encounter, functional substitutes, ministry to fear, tendency to nominalism, tendency to ritual rather than relationship;
  • Examine the challenges of animism for current missionary strategy;
  • Explore the unique ministry approaches available to Holy Spirit empowered Christians when ministering in situations where animism is endemic, replacing traditional power needs with Christian power solutions.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive

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

Assessment Methods

  • Book review (50%)
  • Field Interview and report (30%) 
  • Major Essay (50%)