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: CT9016Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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


Critically evaluate a variety of theological approaches to church and mission


Critically evaluate the ecclesiological significance and contribution of Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes


Articulate a theology of the nature and mission of the church


Apply a theology of the church and its mission to a particular contemporary context

Unit sequence

One Foundational unit in both BN & CT


Lectures, tutorials, discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Minor Essay (2000 words)

2000 25.0

Major Essay (3,000 words)

3000 50.0
Summative Reflection

Summative Essay (Reflection & Application) (2000 words)

2000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-29 11:21:08 +1100