Spring 2024 Theology Study (The Theology of the Church) with Dr. Joel Houston

A four-session course on the theology of Christ's church

What is the Church? Is it a building, a community, or something more? This course will examine ecclesiology, the doctrine of the Church. Topics will include: scriptural images of, and language concerning the Church; the historical development of the doctrine of the Church; the nature and mission of the Church; the marks of the Church (one, holy, catholic, and apostolic); and a brief consideration of the sacraments. Students will gain an appreciation for the ongoing work of Christ through his Church, and its relevance for the world today.

• Avis, Paul. The Anglican Understanding of the Church: An Introduction, 2nd Edition. London: SPCK
Publishing, 2013.
• Dever, Mark. 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, 4th Edition. Illinois: Crossway, 2021.

Course Schedule
• Mon May 6, 6:00-8:00 pm SK – Session #1 (Course Introduction, “What is the Church?”)
• Mon May 13, 6:00-8:00 pm SK – Session #2 (Oneness, Holiness, Apostolicity of the Church and the Word)
• Mon May 20, 6:00-8:00 pm SK – Session #3 (Mission of the Church, Governance, Contemporary Issues)
• Mon May 27, 6:00-8:00 pm SK – Session #4 (Sacraments [or Ordinances] of the Church)

Course Delivery
This course will be delivered online by ZOOM. Registrants who provide an active gmail address can receive access to non-public class recordings.

Instructor Introduction – Dr. Joel Houston
I spent much of my formative years across the provinces that constitute western Canada, and so feel very much at home living and teaching in Caronport. My vocational journey has taken a number of turns. Before settling into my role as an educator, I spent a number of years working with people with disabilities in both Vancouver and Calgary. I am married to Danielle and have 4 wonderful children. When not teaching, reading, or writing, I enjoy running, cycling, music (playing and listening) and discovering more about the wonderful world of watches.

QSMM continues to offer courses by donation, so please consider "paying-what-you-can" to support the ministry. Donation instructions will appear on your registration confirmation screen. 

Registration is open until 11:59pm, May 27, 2024.

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