Human flourishing: helping people in my church to thrive with Christa McKirland

Explore Theology and Psychology as we look at the Good News of Jesus Christ calling us into an abundant life (John 10:10). What does theology have to say about flourishing? How might the psychological sciences contribute to that conversation?

While theology has wrestled for centuries with what it means to be human, the behavioural sciences are yielding more and more explanatory data that enhances how this works in daily life. Put differently, theology can provide a metanarrative for human flourishing, but psychology offers mechanisms at work within the human person, surrounding the person, and in broader cultures that contribute to this flourishing.

For instance, one strong theological story is that God made humans to need relationships: relationship with Godself, with other humans, with non-human creatures and with the rest of creation. However, these relationships form developmentally. Psychology can help unpack that development and how relationships can be robustly formed, as well as what can sidetrack their development.

In 2020 Carey received funding from Fuller Theological Seminary’s TheoPsych project. This initiative seeks to bring theology and psychology into conversation, especially on the question of what it means to be human. This funding allows Carey’s Dr Christa McKirland to participate in research in this area, and to then integrate this into course content, and ongoing learning and development resources for church leaders: including this 2-part webinar series.

This online teaching series contains two 60-minute webinars including space for Q&A, five weeks apart, and includes some additional material to engage with between webinars (readings etc). These webinars will be the first public resource coming out of this research, and will be geared toward pastoral leaders and how the they might help people in their churches thrive.

Cost $50: Register for Human Flourishing

Sponsorship is also available to anyone who’s financial situation would prevent them from accessing this online teaching resource: please email us at lifelonglearning@carey.ac.nz before registering for this event online.


Start and end time of this event

Start 2 Sep 2021 12:30 pm

End 2 Sep 2021 1:30 pm

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