The revitalised interest in Trinitarian theology in recent times has given added place to the Holy Spirit in Christian theology and practice and to the potential for human community more generally. The Spirit grounds and energises the hope and promise of Jesus Christ for the church and for the world. Drawing on this claim, this unit focuses on ecclesiology, the study of the church’s self-understanding as a community of Jesus Christ enlivened by the Holy Spirit. Related core issues such the church’s mission, ministry and sacramental life will be examined, and students are invited to develop a sustained, critical and constructive analysis of ecclesiology within the broader ecumenical and Australian context.

Unit Code: CT2609T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a thoughtful and critical awareness of the theology of the Holy Spirit


Evaluate the major developments in ecclesiology and especially in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries


Articulate the strengths and weaknesses of key theologies of the mission of the church in the world


Critically evaluate contemporary ecclesiologies within the contemporary Australian context

Unit sequence

CT1010T Creeds and Doing Theology


online guided readings, tutorial forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial discussion papers (equivalent 1000 words)

0 20.0
Book Review

Literature review 1500 words

0 35.0

Essay 2000 words

0 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 28 Jul, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-10 12:23:45 +1000