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Church and Mission

Elective unit for postgraduates

The unit examines, evaluates and engages models of church and mission from theological, missiological and practical perspectives. Specific attention is given to the relationship of the church to the mission of God, the reign of God, and the world the church is called to serve and engage.

An important component of the unit requires the student to reflect on and analyse their church in its current mission and ministry context.

On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:

Articulate an understanding of the nature of the church and its relationship to the mission and reign of God.
Identify and apply principles of mission to select aspects of church life (leadership, worship, sacraments, pastoral care, etc.).
Articulate a reflective response to selected case studies in mission and ministry.
(level 3) Evaluate and critique models of church and illustrate contemporary issues of mission.
(postgraduate) Develop a theological rationale for the mission of the church with reference to a particular context.


Undergraduates – 45 points in foundational units, including 15 points in Systematic Theology.
Postgraduates – 15 points in Missiology and 15 points in Systematic Theology.

Faculty: Les Henson


Undergraduate level 2
Case Studies (2 x 500 words)  25%
Minor Essay(1500 words):      25%
Major Essay (2500 words)      50%

Undergraduate level 3
Case Studies (2 x 500 words)  25%
Minor Essay (1500 words)      25%
Major Essay (3000 words)      50%

Case Studies (2 x 500 words)  20%
Minor Essay (1500 words)      20%
Theological rationale for the mission of the church (500 words)      10%
Major Essay (3000 words)      50%

Offered: On Wednesday evenings (6.00-9.00PM) in first semester 2017


Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.
Cox, Harvey. The Future of Faith. New York: HarperOne, 2010.
Driver, John. Images of the Church in Mission. Scottdale, PE: Herald Press, 1997.
Goheen, Michael W. A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids,MI: Baker Academic, 2011.
Harper, Brad and Paul Louis Metzger. Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press. 2009.
Kärkainen, Veli-Matti. An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical and Global Perspectives.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
Kirk, J. Andrew. The Church and the World: Understanding the Relevance of Mission. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2014.
Moltmann, Jürgen, The Church in the Power of the Spirit: A Contribution to Messianic Ecclesiology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.
Sider , Ronald J. and Philip Olson. Churches that Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2002.
Van Gelder, Craig and Dwight Zechelle (Eds). The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.
Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.