Mission and Worship explores the relationship between mission and worship, taking up the challenges and changes facing the contemporary church. Special attention will be given to the engagement between cultural contexts and missional challenges. The unit proposes understandings of the missional dimensions of worship in terms of (i) invitation and (ii) formation—that is, both how worship attracts persons into gathering and how it then shapes persons as participants in God’s mission beyond the liturgical assembly. Among a range of perspectives, a feature of this unit will be critical appreciation of the influence of increasingly diverse emerging forms of worship on inherited forms of worship.

Unit code: DM3300T

Unit status: Archived (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Articulate a range of models of the intersection between worship and mission


Interpret the literature of contemporary missiology—particularly the Anglican and ecumenical investment in "mission-shaped church"/"fresh expressions of church", and liturgical theology.


Critique their own inherited/tradition-specific traditions of worship with resources from this unit


Construct missionally appropriate resources for worship.


Critically evaluate the missional appropriateness of contemporary worship practice.


2 hours face-to-face with 1 hour on-line: lecture, discussion (small group, plenary, on-line forum), online resources, tutorial forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Baker, J. Curating Worship. London: SPCK, 2010.
  • Burns, S. Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God. Melbourne: Mosaic, 2012.
  • Croft, S. et al, eds. Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition. New York, NY: Church Publishing, 2012.
  • Croft, S. ed. *Mission-shaped Question*s. London: CHP, 2008.
  • Earey, M. Worship that Cares: An Introduction to Pastoral Liturgy. London: SCM Press, 2012.
  • Gay, D. Remixing the Church: Towards an Emerging Ecclesiology. London: SCM Press, 2011.
  • Gray-Reeves, M. and M. Perham.* The Hospitality of God: Emergent Worship for a Missional Church*. London: SPCK, 2011.
  • Jagessar, M. and S. Burns. Christian Worship: Postcolonial Perspectives. Sheffield: Equinox, 2011. Monsma, Nicholas W. Worship, Mission, and the Church Year: How Union with Christ Forms Worshipers for Mission in Every Season, Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019
  • Pierce, G.A. The Mass is Never Ended: Rediscovering Our Mission to Transform the World. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2007.
  • Schmidt, C. Sent and Gathered: A Worship Manual for a Missional Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.
  • Vasconcelos-Wilkey, G. Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.
  • Ward, P. Liquid Church. Carlisle, Cumbria Paternoster Press, 2002.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

literature review of 1,000 words

1000 20.0

constructive resources with commentary of 1,500 words

1500 30.0

essay of 1,500 words

1500 30.0

paper of 1,000 words critiquing liturgical events

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-17 09:12:34 +1100