Is physical presence a requirement for authentic Christian community? This course examines the debate between those who advocate incarnated community and those who argue that Christian community is unconstrained by time and place because of the omnipresent ministry of the Holy Spirit. Attention is given to the biblical and theological concept of the communion of the saints and its significance for the creation and formation of online communities of faith.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course falls within the Digital Theology Domain of Digital Ministry Practice. As such, this course provides students with a biblical-theological as well as sociological description of community that will serve as a baseline of best practice for online church ministry.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Create an emerging model of online Christian community.
- Build a functioning online Christian community.
- Evaluate online Christian community in a variety of contexts or ministries.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be addressed adequately and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must be a minimum of 200 words. Where applicable, references are cited in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 200 words. Where applicable, references are cited in current Turabian format. Each reply must be addressed adequately. (MLO: B)
Over the period of this course, the student will be compiling a Resource Guide that will comprise a curated collection. This collection will be made available to the class and must be constructed accordingly. This will serve as the student's overall course project. The Resource Guide: Part 1 —Biblical-Theological Overview Summary Review Assignment must affirm at least 1 point in the resource and critique at least 1 point in the resource. Further, it must raise issues for further consideration based on the overall analysis of the readings. This assignment must be 1 page in current Turabian format. The Resource Guide: Part 2 — Biblical-Theological Overview Final Review Assignment must be a 3–5 page biblical, theological, and philosophical overview regarding the notion of online Christian community. It must incorporate required reading, fellow student summaries, discussion forum engagement, and personal experiences. Current Turabian format must be used. (MLO: A)