This unit will examine Christian mission from the perspective of the missio Dei with a particular emphasis on biblical foundations for mission. This will be explored alongside historical case studies of five contexts - Central Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. Students will examine how theology, mission history, and cultural studies have informed modern mission theory and practice.

Unit code: DM0121W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the Missio Dei derived from biblical sources and historical examples


Illustrate key concepts in missiology


Utilise historical examples to evaluate a variety of perspectives on mission


Student led discussions with lectures, case studies and field trips

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bevans, Stephan, and Roger Schroeder. Constants In Context: A Theology of Mission for Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004.
  • Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.
  • Bryant Myers. Walking with the Poor. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011.
  • Donovan, Vincent J. Christianity Rediscovered. 25th Anniversary Edition, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.
  • Jordan, Ivan. Their Way: Indigenous Christianity Amongst the Warlpiri People. 2003.
  • Moreau, Scott. Contextualising the Faith: A Holistic Approach. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2018.
  • Moreau, Scott. Contextualisation in World Missions: Mapping and Assessing Evangelical Models. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012.
  • Muck, Terry, and Frances Adeney. Christianity Encountering World Religions: The Practice of Mission in the Twenty-first Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.
  • Ott, Craig, and Stephen Strauss. Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments and Contemporary Issues. Grand Rapids, MI: Macmillan, 2010.
  • Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

One 1,000 word book or film review

1000 30.0

One 1,000 word interview with an intercultural worker

1000 30.0

One 1,500 word reflection upon the missiology of an individual or mission organisation

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-22 20:53:55 +1000