Designed for students whose first language is not English, this unit provides an introductory survey of the origins, theology, and mission of the church, with focus on selected Baptist perspectives on these themes.

Unit code: CT0121W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate the biblical images of the church.


Describe the vocation and mission of the church.


Identify the central elements in the history and theology of the Baptist movement.


Understand the biblical and theological perspectives on baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Unit sequence

No pre-requisite units



Class discussion and/or online tutorial forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bass, Diana Butler. A People's History of Christianity. New York: HarperOne, 2010.
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together. Trans. John W. Doberstein. London: SCM press, 1954.
  • Chan, Simon. Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014.
  • Chan, Simon. Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2006.
  • Fiddes, Paul S., Brian Haymes, and Richard Kidd. Baptists and the Communion of Saints: A Theology of Covenanted Disciples. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017.
  • Giles, Kevin. What on Earth is the Church? An Exploration in New Testament Theology. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005.
  • Green, Gene L., Stephen T Pardue, and Khiok-Khng Yeo. The Church from Every Tribe and Tongue: Ecclesiology in the Majority World. Cumbria, UK: Langham, 2018.
  • Hughes, Philip J. and Darren Cronshaw. Baptists in Australia. Nunawading, Vic: Christian Research Association, 2013.
  • Karkkainen, Veli-Matti. An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical Global Perspectives. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002.
  • Russell, Letty M. Just Hospitality: God's Welcome in a World of Difference. Edited by J. Shannon Clarkson and Kate M. Ott. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2009.
  • The World Council of Churches. The Nature and Mission of the Church. Faith and Order Paper 198. Geneva: WCC, 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Short answer tests

Multiple Choice Quizzes

750 25.0
Short Answer Tests

Short answer tests

Multiple Choice Quizzes

750 25.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper

750 25.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial paper

750 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 15:03:40 +1100