What ecclesiological resources do we have for transforming the culture of the church? How can we reclaim the church as a collaborative and vulnerable space? Can we build a church where the mission of serving the reign of God and the relationships of community are more important than the preservation of the institution? In the light of these questions, this unit examines the theology of the church grounded in Jesus’ preaching of God’s kingdom / reign and oriented to the mission of that kingdom. It will explore New Testament images and metaphors for the church and historical and contemporary models of church and mission. The ecclesiological documents of the Second Vatican Council will be assessed both for what they contribute to the quest for a humbler church and for what they fail to resolve.

Unit Code: CT3016Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the church.


Assess a variety of theological approaches to church and mission


Assess the ecclesiological significance and contribution of Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes.


Articulate a theology of the nature and mission of the church

Unit sequence

One level 1 CT unit and 1 level 2 CT unit


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (1,000 words)

0 25.0

Essay (3,000 words)

0 50.0

Summative Essay (750 words)

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-12 10:21:44 +1000