This unit is designed to give the student an introduction to the concept and practice of mission and its priority for the people of God. It explores the topic of mission from a biblical, theological, historical and sociological perspective. It enables the student to develop and apply concepts of mission in their local context.

Unit code: DM8113B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and evaluate developments in the theology and practice of mission in the Bible and in different eras of church history.


Critically reflect on the impact of current sociological issues and trends on the practice of mission for the church.


Analyse the concept of holistic mission.


Demonstrate a critical understanding of past and current mission approaches utilised by individuals, congregations and denominations


Formulate strategies for mission in a local setting.


Lecturers, workshops, online forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bosch, David J. *Transforming Mission. New York: Orbis, 2011.
  • Coel, Neil. *Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.
  • Croft, Steven (ed). Mission-Shaped Questions: Defining Issues in today’s church, New York: Seabury, 2008.
  • Cronshaw, Darren. Credible Witness: Companions, Prophets, Hosts and other Australian Mission Models. Springvale: Urban Neighbours of Hope, 2006.
  • Flemming, Dean. Recovering the full mission of God: A biblical perspective on being, doing and telling. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013.
  • Frost, Michael, and Alan Hirsch. The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.
  • Frost, Michael. *The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Churc*h. Grand Rapids, Baker, 2011
  • Goheen, Michael W. Introducing Christian Mission Today: Scripture, History and Issues. Downers Grove: IVP, 2014. (recommended for purchase)
  • Habel, Norman C. Reconciliation: Searching for Australia’s Soul. Sydney: Harper Collins, 1999.
  • Hesselgrave, David J. and Ed Stetzer, Missionshift: Global Mission Issues in the Third Millenium. Nashville, TN: B&H, 2010
  • Murray, Stuart. Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange World. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2004.
  • Ott, Craig, and Stephen Strauss. Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues. Grand Rapids: Macmillan, 2010.
  • Ryan, Geoff. Sowing Dragons: Essays in Neo-salvationism. Canada: The Salvation Army, 2001.
  • Tacey, David. The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality. Sydney: Harper Collins, 2003.
  • Walls, Andrew & Cathy Ross (eds). Mission in the 21st Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 2008.
  • Wright, Christopher J.H. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Downers Grove: IVP, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

3,000 word essay

3000 50.0

1,500 words equivalent online forum participation, regular postings

1500 25.0
Case Study

1,500 word case study/project

1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by LTC on 3 Aug, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000