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THEO 505 Pentecostal Preaching in a Post-Christian Culture: The Power of Imagination to Transform Lives
Professor: Dr. Mick Nelson
Intensive module: March 7, 9-11, 2017
Course Description

This module on homiletics will explore the specific challenges and opportunities for effective preaching in the western post-Christian culture. This course will discuss how the post-Christian context impacts theology and the dynamics of communication. A central theme in course addresses how 'narrative intelligence' and the use of imagination in sermon construction and delivery impact the ability of preaching to bring about spiritual transformation for today's listener. The course answers questions like "How does imagination influence the delivery and reception of preaching?" and "How can imagination and story energize sermon development?" and "What is Pentecostal narrative-imaginative preaching?"

Various approaches to preaching will be explored. The module includes both theoretical and practical elements, which offers the prospect of an immediate return to one's preaching ministry.

Dr. Mick Nelson

Dr. Mick Nelson is currently the Director of Discipleship at Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC where he has served since 2009. Mick has earned degrees from the University of Manitoba (B.A.), the Lutheran Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D. Min). He and his wife, Christine, make their home in Surrey, BC. Mick does adjunct teaching for Summit Pacific College and Master's College & Seminary. He is also an enthusiastic sailor.

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THEO 504 Canadian Pentecostal History
Professor: Dr. Michael Wilkinson
Intensive Module: April 6-8
Course Description

This course is an in-depth study on the Pentecostal Movement in Canada. By using a combination of sociological, cultural and historical analyses, the course will examine the origins, development, growth, impact, and global expansion of Pentecostal / Charismatic movements in Canada. Specific attention will be given to the role of revivals, institutional development, theological trends, renewal among historic Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, and impact upon evangelicalism. The course brings understanding not only to the Pentecostal movement's past but also its current state within Canadian context.

Dr. Michael Wilkinson

Michael Wilkinson, PhD is Professor of Sociology at Trinity Western University. He is also the Director of the Religion in Canada Institute and Coordinator of the Canadian Pentecostal Research Network and recently served as the President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. His research interests are in the sociological study of religion with particular attention given to Pentecostal Studies. He has published numerous articles and books including Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation (2009), Catch the Fire: Soaking Prayer and Charismatic Renewal (2014) and A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada (2015).

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THEO 503 Pentecostal Distinctives
Professor : Dr. Martin Mittlestadt
Intensive Module: May 23-26
Course Description

This course will trace the rise of Pentecostalism in the twentieth century, specifically the development of various distinctives that come to mark the movement. Particular attention will be given to this evolution by way of Pentecostal readings of Luke-Acts. Topics will include a short history of interpretation of Luke-Acts, hermeneutical developments, and subsequent application of core Pentecostal doctrines and ecclesial practices such as Spirit baptism and healing. Further analysis will be devoted to emerging theologies and practices based upon global readings of Luke-Acts.

Dr. Martin Mittlestadt

Martin Mittelstadt (PhD @ Marquette University) is Professor of New Testament at Evangel University in Springfield, MO (2000). He specializes in the Gospels and Acts with particular interest in Pentecostal and Charismatic history and theology. Among his numerous publications on Luke-Acts, see his The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology (London: T & T Clark, 2004) and Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2010). Born and raised in Winnipeg, he has ten years pastoral experience. He is currently an active teacher at Evangel Temple in Springfield, MO. See also his bio page, and complete list of publications.

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