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“The church is at once a very familiar and a very misunderstood topic.” This quote by the theologian Millard Erickson aptly expresses the common conundrum surrounding the doctrine of the Church, or ecclesiology. In some ways, we all know what the Church is. Yet, explaining it in detail can prove challenging. This course seeks to bring some clarity by exploring the biblical, historical, and theological bases of the Church. We will begin with Scripture and the various metaphors it uses to describe the Church and progress through various important developments in the doctrine in history. This course is designed for lay persons, lay leaders, full-time staff, and pastors. No prior theological training is necessary.


Rev Dr Jeremy-Joe Tan is an ordained minister with the Anglican Diocese of Singapore. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and his doctoral research studied the philosophical and theological underpinnings of Archbishop William Temple’s social thought. Jeremy is currently a faculty member of Trinity Theological College and a honorary priest with the Chapel of the Resurrection.

What is the Church?

Rev Dr Jeremy-Joe Tan

2023 Mar 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 & May 8
(7 Monday evenings)

7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

via Zoom

Free for TTC Alumni and TTC Matriculated Students – Registration Required

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