This introductory level course follows the key discussions and directions of mission theory as charted by the ecumenical conferences. Beginning with the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh, 1910, with its focus on pragmatics and ‘conquest’, it follows the theoretical shifts occurring within the International Missionary Council (IMC), the Lausanne Movement, and the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Commission for World Mission and Evangelism (CWME). It will survey multiple themes as they arise within this discussion, including: Christianity in relation to the religions, faith and culture, religion and secularism, missionary partnership and the issue of ecumenical uniting, mission as humanization, colonialism in mission method, the shifts within the acculturation/ inculturation/ contextualization discussion, missionary ecclesiology as proposed through the union of the IMC and WCC, evangelism versus social justice, proselytism and ethics in mission, the rise of indigenous theologies, liberation, poverty, and HIV/Aids.

Unit Code: DM1020P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Chart the key mission conferences through the various institutional streams of the ecumenical movement, including the IMC, WCC, Lausanne, CWME;


Describe the key theoretical developments, their cultural, historical and political background, and the shifts in terminology;


Identify central voices within the debates and their particular contribution


Evaluate the constitutive conceptual elements found within the contemporary theology of mission.


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Develop a chart which plots the key mission conferences of the twentieth century, summarising the key conceptual developments and individual contributors (equivalent of 2000 words)

2000 50.0

A 2000 word essay focused on the contribution of one particular conference or field of discussion (such as, for example, the Laymen’s Foreign Missions Inquiry)

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-03 15:05:02 +1000