The unit begins with a description of the new world order with its characteristics of violence, globalisation and migration. It would show how the Bible is a narrative of a God of life. Current mission practices like rejecting exclusion and inequality through an insistence on human rights, reconciliation and advocacy are explored. The nature of Discipleship in relation to these missional challenges is examined.

Unit code: DM3015Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


analyse three challenges human society faces today


demonstrate how Christian mission is a service to life


illustrate two relevant mission expressions


compare these expressions of mission with the former baptism-centred approach


evaluate the understanding of mission in Evangelii Gaudium


Weekly face-to-face lectures and tutorials or online forums with online learning materials.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Barnett, Mike (ed). Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practice for the 21st Century. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012.
  • Bevans, Stephen B. Mission and Culture. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.
  • Bolger, Ryan (ed). The Gospel after Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012.
  • Coloe, Mary L. Creation is Groaning: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.
  • Drew, Rose. Buddhist and Christian? An exploration of dual belonging, London: Routledge, 2011.
  • Engelsviken, Rormod & Solheim. Dagfinn. The Church Going Glocal: Mission and Globalization: Proceedings of the Fjellhaug Symposium 2010. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011.
  • Kalu, Ogbu., Peter Vethanayagamony, and Edmund Kee-Fook Chia, (eds) Mission after Christendom, Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission. Louisville, KY: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2010.
  • Montgomery, Robert L. Why Religions Spread: The Expansion of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam with Implications for Mission (2nd ed). Ashville, NC: Cross lines Publication 2012.
  • Schreiter, R and Joergensen (eds). Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation. Oxford: Regnum, 2013
  • Walls, Andrew F., and Cathy Ross, eds. Mission in the Twenty-First Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

In-class/online presentation and discussion about one of the challenges to mission in Australia. Submit the same as a written essay of 2000 words.

2000 40.0

Essay on Lk 4:19, “The acceptable year of the Lord,” and critically presenting any one of the recent approaches to mission demonstrating how this becomes an expression of the acceptable year of the Lord.

3000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000