This unit introduces some of the basic elements of contemporary Anglican thinking about mission: specifically (1) the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission, (2) western Anglicanism’s engagement with “fresh expressions of church” in the “mixed economy” of a “mission-shaped church”, and (3) the growing influence upon Anglicans of the theologies of the “missional church network.” The unit relates these aspects of contemporary Anglican missiology to cultural exegesis of contemporary Australian cultures. Particular attention will be given to consideration of roles and styles of leadership in the missional activity of the church.

Unit code: DM9200T

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Identify models of leadership and leadership tasks found within Christian Scriptures tradition and contemporary practice


Recognise the patterns of ministry and leadership in historic Christian missional thinking and practice


Analyse the cultural dimensions relevant to the theology and practice of Christian leadership


Reflect critically on the leadership roles and tasks relevant to contemporary Australian Christianity


Construct a theory and praxis of leadership appropriate to their own contexts


Lectures and class discussion; assignments

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brown, Brené. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. (NY: Random House, 2018).
  • Curnow, Andrew et al, Building the Mission-shaped Church in Australia. Alexandria: Broughton Books, 2008.
  • Dulles, Avery. Models of the Church: A Critical Assessment of the Church in All its Aspects 2nd ed. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1989.
  • Gelder, Craig van. The Ministry of the Missional Church. Grand Rapids MI: Baker, 2007.
  • Lingefelter, Sherwood G. Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership. Grand Rapids MI: Baker: 2008.
  • Pickard, Stephen. Inbetween God: Theology, Community, Discipleship. Adelaide: ATF, 2012.
  • Plueddemann, James E. Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church. Downers Grove IL: IVP, 2009.
  • Sadler, Philip. Leadership. London & Sterling VA: Kogan Page, 2003)
  • Walls, Andrew and Ross, Cathy (eds), Mission in the Twenty-first Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission. London: DLT, 2008.
  • Zizioulas, John D. Being as Communion. London: DLT, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 3000 words

3000 40.0
Critical Review

Critical review (article) 1500 words

1500 20.0

Essay 3000 words

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

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