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Details for The Healing Ministry of the Church

This subject addresses the phenomena and significance of healing in the life and ministry of the Christian church. Particular attention is given to the precursors and pioneers of the 20th century ‘Healing Revival’ in America and Australia. This course also aims to sharpen the student’s commitment to prayer for healing. 


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: MIN204
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

Prerequisites

MIN101 Introduction to Ministry

The paper The Healing Ministry of the Church is part of the subject area Pastoral Theology and Practice and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper addresses the phenomena and significance of healing in the life and ministry of the Christian church. Particular attention is given to the precursors and pioneers of the 20th century ‘Healing Revival’ in America and Australia. This course also aims to sharpen the student’s commitment to prayer for healing.

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

1.       Evaluate alternate theodicies and their implications for sickness and the ministry of healing. This includes consideration of various Christian perspectives and understandings

2.       Critically analyse the historical and theological foundations for the ministry of healing

3.      Explore varying denominational views regarding healing and key people who operate in this area

4.      Describe the relationship between ministries of healing and chaplaincy and care services for the sick and dying

5.  Value the ministry of healing within the Christian church and broader society

Subject Content

  1. The Creator, Creation and the Problem of Disease
  2. Healing and Health in the Old Testament, the Teachings of Jesus and Early Christianity
  3. Healing and the Miraculous in the History of Christianity
  4. Significant persons in the contemporary world of healing
  5. Cessationism and Healing
  6. Healing, the Demonic and Evangelism

This course may be offered in the following formats

Classroom, multi-streaming, and distance learning modes.

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Online Forum Posts (500 words) Critical Reflection Paper (1750 words), Critical Application Paper (1000 words), Major Essay (2500 words).

Prescribed Text

no prescribed text

Representative References

Cherry, R. Healing Prayer. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1999.

Hardesty, N. Faith Cure: Divine Healing and Holiness and Pentecostal Movements. West Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2003. 

Koenig, H. The Healing Power of Faith. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Kraft, C. Christianity with Power: Your Worldview and Your Experience of the Supernatural. Portland, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2005. 

McAll, K. Healing the Family Tree. London: Sheldon Press, 1982.

McNutt, F. Healing. Notre Dame, IND: Ave Maria Press, 1999.

_______. Healing Reawakening. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 2005.

Miller, K. A. Hunger for Healing: The Twelve Steps as a Classic Model for Christian Spiritual Growth. New York: HarperCollins, 1991. 

Payne, L. The Healing Presence. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1995.

_______. Restoring the Christian Soul. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1991.

Sanford, A. The Healing Light. New York: Ballantine, 1991 (1947).

Sandford, J., and M. Sandford. A Comprehensive Guide to Deliverance and Inner Healing. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 1992.

Smedes, L. Forgive and Forget. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1996.

Thomas, L., and Alkire, J. Healing as a Parish Ministry. Seattle, WA: Byron Books, 2000.

Wimber, J., and K. Springer. Power Healing. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.

 

Recommended journals:

       Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 

       Enrichment Journal

       Journal of Christian Healing

       Journal of Health Ethics 

       Journal of Pentecostal Theology

       Journal of Science and Healing

       Sharing: A Journal of Christian Healing