CH201 The Church to 1550

This is a foundational subject that is required to complete prior to studying theology, as it establishes and develops historical understanding of key Christian doctrine and practices.

Subject CodeCH201 - Diploma
Study ModesMST Wantirna Campus
Next AvailableSemester 1, 2018

Rev. Richard Coombs


In this subject, you will learn of the major phases and developments in Church History up until 1550, from the early church under the Roman Empire up until the Reformation. You will study the key people in the history of Christianity and the impact they had to the world around them. You will come to appreciate the problems, opportunities and attitudes of past Christians in their interaction with the societies in which they lived and will learn to apply what you learn to your life and ministry today.


    This subject will be taught by Rev. Richard Coombs.

      Time Commitment

      This subject will require a time commitment of roughly 6-8 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Required Textbooks

          • Everett Ferguson, Church History: Vol 1 - From Christ to the Pre-Reformation (2nd Ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013).
          • John Woodbridge, Church History: Vol 2 - From Pre-Reformation to the
            Present Day
            (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013).

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