“Theology is an academic discipline, to be pursued like other disciplines, with rigor; but its sources lie not in the study or the library, but in the nature of Christian life. The mainspring of theology is in the decisions that Christians—all Christians—have to make; simply because they are Christians.”

-Andrew F. Walls, Foreword to Re-Imagining African Christologies ed. Victor Ezigbo (Pickwick, 2010).

OMSC@PTS’s new digital curriculum seeks to train a new generation of OMSC global partners to better observe and share how God is at work in their particular social and cultural contexts.  The curriculum brings together video lectures, online seminars, personal mentoring, and collaborative workshops to provide participants the tools and support they need to plan and execute their own lived theology projects in a digital community of practice and theological reflection.  Participants who complete the requirements of the curriculum will be awarded a certificate in Lived Theology and World Christianity through OMSC and Princeton Theological Seminary’s Division of Continuing Education.

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APPLICATIONS TO JOIN OUR INAUGURAL COHORT FOR THE 2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR ARE NOW CLOSED

 

Application Deadline: July 15, 2022

Acceptance Notifications: August 15, 2022

Timeframe: September 12, 2022–May 16, 2024

Participation Cost: $400

(Full scholarships are available for those w/ financial need)

 

The Overseas Ministries Study Center at Princeton Theological Seminary (OMSC@PTS), invites applications from scholars and ministry practitioners based in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania to participate in OMSC@PTS’s new digital curriculum in “Lived Theology and World Christianity.”

This opportunity is well suited for emerging scholars seeking new perspectives on theology, graduate level students seeking additional training/resources for their research projects, and ministry leaders and practitioners working in congregations, denominational leadership, and/or faith based NGOs seeking to reflect theologically on their contexts and gain new insights into their ministries.

Our inaugural cohort is limited to up to ten participants for the upcoming year.  Applicants will receive notifications regarding their enrollment in mid-August.

This course of study will be delivered fully online and led by Dr. Easten Law, OMSC@PTS’s Assistant Director for Academic Programs. It will take place from September 12, 2022 to May 16, 2023 in a largely asynchronous format with regular opportunities for synchronous engagement throughout the academic year.  While modules may be completed at your own pace, you should plan to devote four to five hours a week to this course.  A stable internet connection is necessary to participate.

The cost for this program is 400 US dollars.  Scholarships are available for those with financial need.

 

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Lived theology is an emerging sub-discipline at the intersection of sociological, anthropological, and theological research that seeks to discern and articulate how God is present and engaged in and through the lived experiences of the church.  We believe it is a promising paradigm for the multidisciplinary fields of Mission Studies, World Christianity, and Intercultural Theology.  Curious to learn more?  You can view Dr. Easten Law’s introductory lecture on Lived Theology and World Christianity below.

Lived Theology & Methodology in World Christianity from Easten Law on Vimeo.

 

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Learning Outcomes:

In keeping with OMSC’s legacy, this curriculum and certificate is designed to, first and foremost, engage in God’s mission by amplifying the voices of the world Christian movement.  By the close of this course, students will be able to…

  • … Recognize and understand the basis for the emerging field of lived theology and consider its implications for the study of mission, world Christianity, and intercultural theology.
  • … Experiment with qualitative research methods as a tool for theological reflection and pastoral engagement within their sense of vocation and their ministry/research contexts.
  • … Explore the ways lived theology and its various methods are being adopted in scholarship from different parts of the world.
  • … Reflect on lived theology’s potential for addressing foundational questions of mission and discipleship in the world church.

 

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Curriculum Structure

This digital curriculum consists of content modules and workshop sessions.  Each month (September to May), a module and workshop will be released.  The goal of this curriculum is not only to strengthen learning and research but also to build a digital community of practice and theological reflection that strengthens the witness of the world church.

 

Content modules are largely self-guided and asynchronous, which means that much of the work will be completed on your own time. Each module bring together video lectures with some of the top scholars in practical theology and world Christianity as well as new emerging voices from around the world.  These lectures are paired with a curated set of readings that will introduce the foundations of world Christianity and lived theology. While all readings and video lectures will be completed independently, group discussion threads will provide forums to discuss the material with one another.  In addition, a monthly synchronous online forum will be scheduled at the end of each month to provide space for face to face conversations.  Module topics include (but will not be limited to)…

  • What is Lived Theology in the Context of World Christianity?
  • Qualitative Studies of Living Faith – A Methodological Review
  • Qualitative Research & Theological Construction
  • Majority World Perspectives & Case Studies
  • Ecumenical & Missional Impulses

 

Each module features video lectures from prominent scholars and practitioners including…

  • Dr. Pete Ward (Durham University)
  • Dr. Nancy Ammerman (Boston University)
  • Dr. John Swinton (Aberdeen University)
  • Dr. Mary Clark Moschella (Yale Divinity School)
  • Dr. Gina Zurlo (Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • Dr. Sam George (Wheaton College)
  • Dr. Peter Phan (Georgetown University)
  • …and many more!

 

Workshop sessions are oriented toward providing space for you to explore the implications of the content in your own sense of vocation, research, and ministry.   the tools and support they need to plan and execute their own lived theology projects. Workshop sessions consist of three components: (1) active participation in a series of questions posed in the discussion board on the month’s topic, (2) Written assignments that culminate in a small qualitative research project, and (3) individual and/or small group coaching with the instructor once a month.

  • Articulating our Theological Standpoints
  • Discerning Questions & Methods
  • Analyzing of Culture and Contexts
  • Exploring Living Faith in Multiple Contexts
  • Negotiating Living Faith Inwardly & Outwardly
  • Discerning God’s Presence and Theologizing Together.

 

Please click on the DONATE button at the top of the page to designate a gift in support of our Digital Curriculum. 

 

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