Sacramental Ministry (2)

Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT2900T  
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (2)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face only
Prerequisites: CT1000T Christian Creeds or equivalent
Content: This unit explores the sacramental ministry of the church, especially, Baptism and Eucharist, and Ordained ministry in the context of the whole people of God. It aims to help students to understand the biblical bases of sacramental theology and practice, and of Christian Ministry, to identify the mutual shaping of sacramental practice and theology through Christian history, to appreciate critically different sacramental theologies and views of ministry, and to begin to develop a coherent theology with which to address contemporary questions about sacraments and ministry.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • identify the biblical and theological resources relevant to the theology of at least two of Baptism, Eucharist and ministry
  • articulate an appreciation of the arguments on both sides of the church dividing issues relating to at least two of Baptism, Eucharist and ministry
  • analyse theological positions in relation to Baptism, Eucharist and ministry.
  • 1,000-word seminar paper (25%)
  • 2,500-word essay (50%)
  • Folio of 5 x 250-word reflections: four chosen toward final assessment, equivalent to 1,000 words (15%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Brown, R. & C. Cocksworth. On Being a Priest Today. Cambridge MA: Cowley, 2002.

Countryman, L.W. Living on the Border of the Holy: Renewing the Priesthood of All. Harrisburg: Morehouse, 1999.

Croft, S. Ministry in Three Dimensions. London: DLT, 1999.

Ghezzi, B. Sacred Passages: Bringing the Sacraments to Life. New York: Doubleday, 2003.

Irwin, K. Models of the Eucharist. New York: Paulist Press, 2005.

Macquarrie, J. A Guide to the Sacraments. London: SCM, 1997.

Martos, J. Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacrament in the Catholic Church. Rev. ed. Tarrytown, NY: Ligouri/Triumph, 2001.

Moore, R.D. et al. Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.

Redfern, A. Ministry and Priesthood. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999.

* World Council of Churches. Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. Geneva: WCC, 1982.
Williams, R. Eucharistic Sacrifice: The Roots of a Metaphor. Bramcote: Grove Books, 1982.