to be covered:
course will address a range of issues and questions:
Examining what is meant by ‘deep growth’.
Assessing the real state of religion in North America,
gleaning insights from the latest writers and thinkers in the
Taking an adventure with the discipline of practical
theology, to see how it can help in ministerial reflection and
Exploring empowering theologies of education, including
looking at some examples of problem-based learning.
Examining how modern ecclesiology and congregational
studies can help churches in their mission.
Challenging some of the commonly held assumptions that
inhibit imagination and change in church life.
Questioning the context in which congregations find
themselves, thereby suggesting potential new patterns of ministry.
Acquiring theological skills that will equip ministers to
understand their work in new ways.
for and goals for the course:
rationale for the course is to provide a context in which mission
and church growth can be discussed, debated and studied.
Typically, such areas of expertise are thought to be
monopolized by conservative and evangelical churches.
However, this course seeks to offer perspectives and
resources that ‘fit’ broader theological and ecclesiological
goals for the course include:
patterns of growth in mainline churches – which are
sometimes hidden or ignored.
deep growth, as congregations and individuals seek to engage
and develop their faith within a complex society.
the key thinkers in the field, who can enable deeper
reflection on the nature and purpose of the church.
the theory and practice of mission within a broad theological
and ecclesiological context.
the way in which the ‘church growth’ debate and mission is
a new understanding of mission and ministry – fresh insights
that both consolidate and challenge.
mode of delivery will be through:
A special feature of the course will be:
A daily problem-based learning exercise
A daily reading of a relevant children’s story relating
to growth, followed by discussion.
A daily meditation on a relevant painting/art work.
A daily seminar that centres on education and growth.
Specific opportunities to develop practical strategies.
A class-led debate on religion and American culture
A seminar on research methods.
mode of assessment will be through one or more of the following:
assessment will be negotiated individually.
Participants will normally be expected to undertake at
least one class presentation that will either consist of a
literature review or facilitating a seminar.
participants said about Professor Martyn Percy’s last course:
course passed too quickly.’
stimulating – an excellent course.’
material…I learned a great deal.’
the risk of gushing, I would say the course was fantastic!’
Canon Dr Martyn Percy: Brief Biography
Martyn Percy is Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute for
the Study of Religion and Society.
He is based at the University of Manchester, England, where
he teaches Theology and Modern Ecclesiology.
His most recent book is Salt of the Earth: religious
Resilience in a Secular Age (SAP, 2002).
Other books published include Power
and the Church: Ecclesiology in an Age of Transition (Cassell,
London, 1998, h/b), Words, Wonders and Power: Understanding Contemporary Christian
Fundamentalism and Revivalism (SPCK, London 1996), Richard Hooker: An Introduction (DLT), and Intimate Affairs: Sexuality and Spirituality in Perspective (DLT,
London, 1997). From
1999, he is the Editor of Modern
of his edited volumes include Fundamentalism
(SPCK, 2002), Previous
Convictions: An Anatomy of Conversion (SPCK, 2000), Calling
Time: Religion and Change at the Turn of the Millennium
(Sheffield Academic Press – SAP, 2000), Order
and Organisation (SAP, 2000), and Restoring the Image:
Essays in Honour of David Martin (SAP, 2001).
Percy is a Canon of Sheffield Cathedral, and the author of
numerous academic articles. In
September 1999, he was appointed as a Council Member and Director
of the Advertising Standards Authority for the UK.
is a regular contributor to Radio
4, The Independent, The
Guardian and other media.
Dr Percy has studied at the Universities of Bristol, Durham
and London. He was
formerly Director of Studies and Chaplain at Christ’s College,
Cambridge University, and Sydney Sussex, Cambridge.
Born in Blackburn in 1962, he was ordained in 1990, having
previously worked in publishing.
He is married to Emma, an Anglican priest, and they have
two boys, Ben and Joe. Martyn
has served as an Adjunct Professor for Hartford Seminary since
Ammerman, N. (et al) [Eds], Studying Congregations,
Barna, G., Growing True Disciples, Waterbrook, 2001
Becker, P., Congregations in Conflict, CUP, 1999
Countryman, W., The Truth About Love, SPCK, 1995
Dowdy, T. & Macnamara, P., Religion: North American Style,
Forbes, D. & Mahan, J., Religion and Popular Culture in
* Foster, C., Educating Congregations, Abingdon, 1994
Freire, A., The Paulo Freire Reader, Continuum, 2001
Geertz, C., The Interpretation of Cultures, Basic Books,
* Hopewell, J., Congregation, Fortress, 1987
Killen, P. & De Beer, J., The Art of Theological Reflection,
* Kinast, R., Let Ministry Teach, Liturgical Press, 1996
Lewis, H., Christian Social Witness, Cowley, 2001
Lyon, D., Jesus in Disneyland, Polity, 2000
Miller, D., Re-inventing American Protestantism, California
Murray, P., A Journey with Jonah, Columba, 2002
Olson, M., Moving Beyond Church Growth, Augsburg, 2002
Ott, E., Twelve Dynamic Shifts for Transforming Your Church,
Packard, W., Evangelism in America, Paragon, 1998
Percy, M., Fundamentalism, Church & Society, SPCK, 2002
Percy, M., Previous Convictions, SPCK, 2000
Percy, M., Salt of the Earth, Sheffield Academic Press,
Putnam, R., Bowling Alone, HarperCollins, 2000
* Sargeant, K., Seeker Churches, Rutgers, 2000
Saxbee, J., Liberal Evangelism, SPCK, 1997
Tamney, J., Resilience of Conservative Religion, CUP, 2002
Thomas, F., Spiritual Maturity, Fortress, 2002
Tyler-May, E., Homeward Bound, Basic Books, 1998
Vallet, R., Congregations at the Crossroads, Eerdmanns,
Williams, P., Perspectives on American Religion and Culture,
Woodward, J. & Pattison, S., The
Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical
= Please read these before attending the course.
Seminar – Student-led
Concluding Plenary – Storytime
Theological Education for Congregations
Wednesday: Practical Theology and Church
Christianity and Contemporary American Culture
Spirituality and Ministry
afternoon will be given over to class-led presentations.
Class-led Seminars will consist of the following: discussing one
chapter per day of Charles Foster’s Educating Congregations
(1994); students offering a critical review of one the books on
the reading list.
will feature the seminar on research methods. Thursday will
feature a class-led debate on religion and American culture.