ASSIGNMENT 1 - RESOURCE FOR OTHERS & COMMENTARY
Produce and deliver a presentation to a group within your parish or context. Using information gathered during the exercises undertaken within online sessions 2-4, and through engaging in your own wider research focussed upon your missional context, present a “mission audit” to a group such as a church leadership team, PCC or some other missionally active community group. Please note this must actually be presented and videoed because we are assessing your presentation and communication skills as well as how engagingly you are able to communicate your learning from the module. It is fine to do this on Zoom and there are other ways too - see Resources section below.
The group to whom you present does not need to be church linked, but should be a group engaged in undertaking what we would describe as “missional activity”.
In the presentation you’ll be graded upon your ability to give an overview of your local context or parish (note, not your church, but the wider parish community…) using appropriate sources of information (for example the interactive parish map found here).
Please bear in mind that the people marking your assignments may have no prior knowledge of the context, so you may need to offer more information than if you were only presenting to people who are already familiar with the context.
Within the description and overview of the context, demonstrate that you have attempted to challenge your own perceptions and preconceptions.
Within your presentation communicate your reflections upon what you have learned about your local context, and from this reflection identify some potential opportunities for new or fresh engagement with mission and evangelism and how these form part of missio dei and the five marks of mission. We are not looking for you to evaluate these potential projects or areas of work, but we are looking for you to be able to articulate why they are of particular relevance within your context (Commentary)
The description and overview should take up approximately half of the time taken to deliver your presentation (Resource for Others), offering your reflections and potential new opportunities identified should ideally take up the second half of the time (Commentary).
Length: 20 - 25 minutes (2000 - 2,500 words equivalent).
Due Date: 10th April 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 - THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION
In the second assignment you are to choose one of the potential new opportunities for mission and/or evangelism identified in your first assignment, and then evaluate and theologically reflect on this new missional opportunity in more detail.
Explore what benefits and strengths this opportunity presents to the local church, and within the wider mission of God, making reference to missio dei, the five marks of mission and the information about your local parish or context gathered for the first assignment, and the reasons why your chosen opportunity is particularly relevant within your context.
Reflect upon possible weaknesses and challenges which are likely to be encountered if this missional opportunity were to be pursued, and consider ways that these weaknesses or challenges could be countered.
Make use of wider research and relevant reading to inform your thinking, and to develop your analysis and exploration of the chosen potential new missional opportunity.
You can choose to write this assignment or record it and submit it as an audio or video file.
Length: 25 minutes or 2,500 words
Due Date: 10th April 2020
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