The church that exists today is a product of almost twenty centuries of historical conditioning. Any leader who works in the church today must be aware of some of these historical developments in order to lead effectively. This course begins with lectures describing some of the developments within the church as well as observing trends that have created the conditions within the institutional church today. Al-though the course is mostly lecture, the instructor welcomes questions and interaction to deepen and demonstrate under-standing of the material.

In this course, the student will focus on the period of the Patristic period to the Middle Ages. Emphasis will be given to doctrines relevant to the Christian traditions of the countries where the students come from. It approaches the subjects historically as well as topically, and sets the development of the various doctrines in the context of the life of the church in the first five centuries of its existence.