This unit will explore the challenge facing the Christian churches in societies variously shaped by Christendom. It will examine trends within, and analysis of, the current context. Attention will be paid to the major cultural movements which have defined the Australian church: Christendom and its dying influence; the Enlightenment, its legacy of modernity; and, the challenges of post-modernity and globalization. Against this backdrop, the unit will explore and critique recent missionary models of the church, especially, missional and emergent church and fresh expressions. The course will include engagement with particular communities responding in particular ways to the missional challenges.

Unit Code: DM3509P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Understand and evaluate different theories describing the religious shape of Western societies, including the significance of such themes as Christendom, modernity/Post-modernity, secularization, and globalization, and the way these inform religious belonging


Construct a critical account of the emerging models of the contemporary church and its mission in Australia


Analyse and critique the missional church and fresh expressions models, including demonstrating an awareness of the ecclesial and cultural contexts within they have developed


Online learning materials, tasks and tutorial discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review A critical book review of one of the main theoretical texts developed either within the missional church or the fresh expressions discussion (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Essay Compare and contrast the missional church, fresh expressions approaches, evaluating them on their theological basis, potential weaknesses, and merit for an Australian context (3500 words)

3500 55.0

Online Participation Regular postings indicating critical engagement with the content material. This may take the form of questioning, drawing implications and setting the theoretical discussion within one’s own church context. (500 words equivalent)

500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-06 11:34:25 +1000