This unit considers the life and written work of John Wesley. In a blur of motion, he moved from pen to pavement; from parchment to people. He was a prolific writer and a passionate visitor of people. The unit examines the reasons why John Wesley and his early Methodists proved so effective in evangelism and discipleship such that new disciples made new disciples.

Such an exploration will enable participants to develop the necessary frameworks for better understanding evangelism and discipleship; then and now. The unit will also help students to consider their own approaches to evangelism and discipleship in their ministry context in Australia.

Unit Code: DM9025S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Use primary sources as tools for shaping contemporary mission practice.


Critically evaluate Wesleyan models of evangelism and discipleship.


Analyse ways in which scholars have applied Wesley’s belief and practice to contemporary contexts.


Evaluate contemporary challenges in evangelism and discipleship and reframe their own practice in light of Wesley’s contribution.


Demonstrate competence in researching the opportunities and issues for mission in one particular contemporary context.

Unit sequence

18 points in Field B 18 points in Field C 18 points in Field D


Lectures seminar tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Biographical Essay: (2500 words)

2500 33.0

Critical Topical Essay: (2500 words)

2500 33.0

Application Essay: (2000 words)

2000 34.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 8 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-19 15:14:31 +1100