TH404/604 Church, Sacraments and Ministry

This subject will offer you an in-depth perspective about the church, sacraments and ministry.

We will deal with questions such as, “What is the church?”, “What is baptism?”,and “Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper?”

Studying this subject will help you to get a deeper understanding of the nature of the church, the role of the sacraments and their significance for your personal life and the Christian community.

Subject CodeTH404 - Undergraduate
TH604 - Graduate
Pre-requisites2 Foundational Old or New Testament units plus one Church History
Study ModesMST Wantirna Campus or Distance
Next AvailableSemester 2, 2016

Dr. Michael Bräutigam


The first section of this subject covers the people of God including the kingdom, the church (its nature, authority and mission), the marks of the people of God, the nature and norms of ministry and denominations.

The second section introduces the concepts of Word and sacrament, Christian initiation, The Lord’s Supper, Christian Worship and prayer. It is vital for emerging leaders in Christian ministry to understand, evaluate, and apply these central doctrines to the contemporary church and society, and this module is specifically designed to equip you with the necessary skills and expertise.


    Both the On-Campus and Distance modes of this subject will be taught by Dr. Michael Bräutigam.

      Time Commitment

      The On-Campus mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      The Distance mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Recommended Text Books

          • (On Campus Students Only) No set text. Readings will be available on eCampus.
          • (Online Students Only) Erickson, M.J. Christian Theology (Baker, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2013 or 1998)


          • (Online Students Only) Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical & Global Perspectives (Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2002).

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