Details for Christian Spirituality and Vocation
Ever wondered if there were other ways to express faith, apart from lifting your hands during worship? Would you like to deepen the spirituality of your local Christian community, but find yourself hesitating, uncertain of the appropriate boundaries? Students with these questions and more will find themselves challenged as they partake in this foundational unit, designed specifically to introduce charismatic and Pentecostal Christians to the broader history of Christian spiritual approaches. In doing so, students will have a chance to connect with their heritage and participate in a broad range of spiritual exercises practiced by the wider body of Christ throughout history.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: THE201
- Credit points: 10
The unit Christian Spirituality and Vocation is part of the subject area Theology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Applied Theology (Korean) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit introduces students to traditional and contemporary Christian approaches to Spirituality. It focuses particularly on the way in which pentecostal/charismatic movements have experienced God.
- Christian theology and philosophy and its implications for spiritual practices
- Spirituality in the Scriptures, and its role in guiding spiritual practice today
- Key figures in the history of Pentecostal spirituality
- Practices of spiritual discipline
- Vocation and calling in the scriptures, in the Christian tradition, and in the contemporary church
- The concept of “the priesthood of all believers,” and its implications for ministry and vocation
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, class presentations, discussion, tutorials, web-based interaction, distance learning material, spiritual practices
Critical Book Review (25%, 1250 words); Major Essay (50%, 2500 words); Exam (25%)
Bradley P. Holt, Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2005.
Gary Thomas, Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996.
- Albrecht, D.Rites in the Spirit: a Ritual Approach to Pentecostal/Charismatic Spirituality. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999.
- Badcock, G. The Way of Life: A Theology of Christian Vocation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
- Berger, P. A Rumour of Angels: Modern Society and the Rediscovery of the Supernatural. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
- Chant, B. Praying in the Spirit. Tonbridge:Sovereign World, 2002.
- Collins, K. Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.
- Coombs, M. and F. Nemeck.Called by God: A Theology of Vocation and Lifelong Commitment. Collegeville, Minn: Michael Glazier, 2001.
- Cunningham, L. and K. Egan. Christian Spirituality: Themes from the Tradition. New York: Paulist, 1996.
- Grenz, S. Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1988.
- Gross, R. and T. Muck, Christians Talk About Buddhist Meditation, Buddhists Talk About Christian Prayer.New York: Continuum, 2003.
- Haughey, J (ed.).Revisiting the Idea of Vocation. WashingtonD.C.: CatholicUniversity of America, 2004.
- Land, S. Pentecostal Spirituality.Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1993.
- McGrath, A. Christian Spirituality: An Introduction. Malden: Blackwell, 1999.
- Ma, W. and R. Menzies. The Spirit and Spirituality. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2004.
- Otto, R. The Idea of the Holy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1958.
- Ranson, D. Across the Great Divide - Bridging Spirituality and Religion Today. Strathfield, N.S.W.: St Paul's Publications, 2002.
- Rolheiser, R. The Holy Longing: The Search for A Christian Spirituality.New York:Doubleday, 1999.
- Rutherford, G. Watchers in the Morning: A Spirituality for Contemporary Christians. North Blackburn, Vic.: CollinsDove, 1994.
- Stevens, R. & M. Green, Living the Story: Biblical Spirituality for Everyday Christians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.