1st semester: Tuesday evening                                                                          (Min. No. 8)



What ecclesiological resources do we have for transforming the culture of the church? How can we reclaim the church as a collaborative and vulnerable space? Can we build a church where the mission of serving the reign of God and the relationships of community are more important than the preservation of the institution? In the light of these questions, this unit examines the theology of the church grounded in Jesus’ preaching of God’s kingdom / reign and oriented to the mission of that kingdom. It will explore New Testament images and metaphors for the church and historical and contemporary models of church and mission. The ecclesiological documents of the Second Vatican Council will be assessed both for what they contribute to the quest for a humbler church, and for what they fail to resolve.

PREREQUISITES: Level 2: one Level 1 CT unit; Level 3: one Level 1 CT unit and one Level 2 CT unit


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the church
  2. discuss a variety of theological approaches to church and mission (Level 2 only) Assess a variety of theological approaches to church and mission (Level 3 only)
  3. discuss the ecclesiological significance and contribution of Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes (Level 2 only) Assess the ecclesiological significance and contribution of Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes (Level 3 only)
  4. articulate a theology of the nature and mission of the church


Level 2: Minor essay 1000 words (30%); major essay 2500 words (50%); summative essay 500 words (20%) Level 3: Minor essay 1000 words (25%); major essay 3000 words (50%); summative essay 750 words (25%)



Bosch, David. Transforming Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011.

Dulles, Avery. Models of the Church. New York: Doubleday, 2002.

Fuellenbach, John. Church, Community for the Kingdom. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2002.

Gaillardetz, Richard R. Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2008.

Gaillardetz, Richard R., and Edward P. Hahnenberg. A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millenium. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.

Kasper, Walter. The Catholic Church. Nature, Reality and Mission. London: Bloomsbury; T&T Clark, 2015.

Kϋng, Hans. The Church. London: Burns & Oates, 1967.

Lakeland, Paul. Church: Living Communion. Engaging Theology: Catholic Perspectives. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.

———. A Council That Will Never End: Lumen Gentium and the Church Today. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press/Michael Glazier, 2013.

Mannion, Gerard. Ecclesiology and Postmodernity. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007.

Ogden, Steven. The Church, Authority and Foucault: Imagining the Church as an Open Space of Freedom. Abingdon, VA: Routledge, 2017.

Phan, Peter, ed. The Gift of the Church. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000.

Pickard, Stephen. Seeking the Church: An Introduction to Ecclesiology. London: SCM, 2012.

Tillard, Jean-Marie Roger. Church of Churches: The Ecclesiology of Communion. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.