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DM2/3/9023S or CT2/3/9023S

Church and Mission

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. Students will explore and analyse various aspects of the church’s mission and ministry from a biblical, theological and practical perspective, including some: · church leadership, · baptism and communion, · worship · pastoral care · church discipline · the ministry gifts of its members, · the churches growth and mission in the world · the church as community · and the church in its Australian context.

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


Lecturer: Graham Hill
Offered: Refer to Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 2 or 3
Postgraduate: Level 9 (elective) 

Prerequisites:
Undergraduate: Three (3) foundational units and one (1) unit in Systematic Theology.
Postgraduate: One (1) unit in Missiology and one (1) unit in Systematic Theology.


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

Undergraduate

  1. Articulate an understanding of the nature of the church and its relationship to the mission and reign of God.
  2. Identify and apply principles of mission to select aspects of church life (leadership, worship, sacraments, pastoral care, etc.).
  3. Articulate a reflective response to selected case studies in mission and ministry.
  4. Evaluate and critique models of church and illustrate contemporary issues of mission (only level 3).

Postgraduate

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

Assessments:

Undergraduates

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

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

Postgraduates

Case Studies (2 x 500 words) 20%
Minor Essay (1500 words)      20%
Theological rationale(500 words) 10%
Major Essay (3000 words)      50%


Select Bibliography:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

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. GrandRapids, 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.