Pentecostal Ministry in Spirit World Aware Contexts

This course provides an advanced study of the beliefs and practices of the two-thirds of the world's population for whom the spirit world is real and active. This subject will explore Biblically informed, Holy Spirit empowered ministry approaches that are essential for effective integration of spirit aware people into the Christian faith. This includes an examination of the different understandings of the spirit world in major world religions, including Christianity.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CCM509
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Kevin Hovey


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Pentecostal Ministry in Spirit World Aware Contexts

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

Unit Content


  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.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-face (onsite)
  • E-Learning (online)
  • Intensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Book Review (20%)
  • Field Interview and Report (30%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided