Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mission and agencies in community service

A course I’m putting together for Semester 1, 2015.

This programme will explore the promise, possibilities and tensions in the relationship between mission, church and social service agencies in contemporary Australia.

Can there be a place for Christian faith and historic identities in the contemporary funding climate? Must faith and spirituality live in contradiction? Are words and deeds mutually exclusive? How might professionalism, power and the prophetic be negotiated?

The course will utilise a practical theology model, seeking a critical, theological reflection on lived experience. This will involve a case study approach, through which questions are identified, and a dialogue created with current research.

The learning will occur in three phrases

Phase one – Sharing case studies. Four evenings, February 9-12, 7-9 pm. (Venue: Pilgrim Uniting Church, Flinders Street, Adelaide.)

Phase two – Reflecting. Participants will isolate a question emerging from a case study and undertake wider research.

Phase three – Workshop days. Participants will re-present their case study, sharing with each other the insights that have emerged as they have read and thought more widely, May 15-16, 9 am-4:30 pm (tbc)

Course facilitators will include Dr Steve Taylor and Rev Peter McDonald. Case studies presenters will include Dr Bruce Grindlay, Dr Ian Bedford (more tbc). Options for enrolment (through Adelaide College of Divinity) include professional development, audit and credit.

Posted by steve at 07:44 AM


  1. It’s so har

    Comment by Danica — December 16, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

  2. It’s so hard to choose amongst all that’s on offer. This course sounds great. But so do all the others.

    Comment by Danica — December 16, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

  3. Better choice than none :).


    Comment by Steve — December 18, 2014 @ 9:09 am

  4. This is one of those times when I wish I lived in Adelaide!

    Comment by Barb — December 28, 2014 @ 10:29 am

  5. Hi
    If you’re keen to participate fully, I’m happy to work on online participation – using Adobe connect, we can beam you in from Perth,


    Comment by steve taylor — December 30, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

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