The Church

This unit introduces a central theme of theology, namely, that faith is lived within a community of believers. It prepares for later units in the church’s sacraments and ministry. After examining the sources for ecclesiology, it considers the divine origin of the church, the nature and mission of the church, images, models and marks of the church. It investigates the structure of the church: sacrament, communion and authority as well as the forms and exercise of ministry in the church. There is a focus on the unity of the church as an ecumenical imperative

Study Level




Credit Points



T7101 Introduction to Theology or T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a familiarity with the sources of ecclesiology
  2. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the nature and mission of the church
  3. Analyse recent writing in ecclesiology
  4. Critically evaluate influences currently shaping the church

Apply fundamental principles in ecclesiology to contemporary pastoral situations

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