This course begins with the understanding that the church is to exist with upward, inward, and outward orientations. Upward speaks to our relationship with God, inward is our relationship with one another, and outward is the relationship with our neighbours. For a local expression of the church to be healthy, all three of these orientations need to be embraced and yet history often shows that there can be a disconnect or neglect in how we are reaching out to our world. This course will focus extensively on the outward, the call to go into all the world and make disciples, with the intention to equip Christ followers to personally engage their neighbours and neighbourhoods.
Through class lectures reading, field trips, guest presenters and assignments, students will have the opportunity to explore strategies, initiatives, partnerships and practices that facilitate that outward orientation. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that the church is committed to a posture of being empowered and led by the Holy Spirit, believing that God has already gone before us and is at work in our communities.