Join us for a teaching week on Church and Mission with David Smith.
This subject is part of the MA programme at IBI and you are invited to join us for this module.
It is taught over a week with lectures each day.
Date: Monday 21st – Friday 25th August
Times: 10am – 5:00pm daily
Cost: with assessment €550, without assessment €375
About the module
The contemporary mission of the church is a debated topic, particularly as the paradigm referred to as “Christendom” diminishes in Western Europe. This module offers you an opportunity to critically examine some of the current thinking about mission. Part of that analysis will be how the church of the 21st century might become a missional community able to demonstrate by word and deed the relevance of the Christian message in an increasingly globalized world. The focus for the module will be the church in Ireland, but it can also function as a paradigm if you are living and working in another context.
About the teacher
David is currently Honorary Lecturer in the School of Divinity, Philosophy and History at the University of Aberdeen. He brings with him a wealth of experience of ministry, teaching and mission in Europe and oversees. David has written numerous books on mission.
David’s main research interest is the future of mission in a religiously plural world, and his work in recent years has focused on the challenge presented by an urban world. He relaxes by gardening, listening to classical music and indulging a lifelong passion for Watford Football Club.
David says about his trips to Dublin and IBI;
“I have grown to love the city of Dublin, and have learned to understand and appreciate the distinctive history and culture of Ireland. I quickly realised that phrases such as ‘the mainland’ were loaded with a previously unrecognized significance in a context shaped by being on the receiving end of Britain’s imperial past. There can be few places in twenty first century Ireland where continuing and former Irish Catholics sit down in the same classroom with Protestants from Ulster, accepting one another without reservation in Christ, and listening sympathetically to the stories told by the ‘other’. Wrestling together with the new frontiers of mission in an increasingly secular culture is exhilarating at IBI. Why would I not want to come back for as long as I am welcome?”
Dr David Smith, Honorary Lecturer in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen.