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DM1/2/8703S

The History and Future of Christian Mission

Also taught as DM1/2/8003S

Foundational unit for postgraduates

This unit will encourage students to reflect historically and missiologically upon the thought and practice of the history of mission in its global and local context from the beginning of the modern missionary movement to the present day (1792-present). It will use this as a platform to reflect upon the theory, practice and trends in mission, that inform the future shape and direction of the church’s mission in its global and local contexts.  The following key aspects of mission history and its future orientation will be considered:

  • the stories of important mission practitioners (e.g., Carey, Livingstone, Taylor);
  • the ideas of key mission theorists (e.g., Venn, Allen, Kramer, Newbigin);
  • the theory, practice and trends considered at the major mission conferences from Edinburgh 1910 onwards (e.g., mission Dei, religious pluralism, contextualization, globalisation, colonialism, incarnational and integral mission);
  • and the future shape and direction of mission in its global and local expression, with particular emphasis to the issue of Gospel and culture in the Western context.

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and outline the life of a missionary theorist or practitioner with respect to his/her theory and/or practice of mission;
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of a variety of approaches to mission theory and practice and the historical context in which they were derived;
  3. Propose an approach to a present or future mission venture based upon the mission theory, practice and trends considered in this unit.
  4.  Critique and analyse a number of the mission trends explored in a mission textbook.
  5. (level 2) Present the proposal described in 3 above with a critical analysis of the mission theory, practice and trends considered in this unit.
  6. (postgraduates) Demonstrate the broad historical relationship between key people, mission theories, missionary practices and mission trends and the historical context in which they arose.

 

Faculty: Dr Les Henson

Offered: online in second semester 2017 (only online)

Assessment:

Undergraduate level 1
Online tutorial forum: Each student shall post an outline and analyse the life of a missionary theorist or practitioner with respect to the theories or practices they are associated with and context in which they were developed (1000 words) and they shall interact with three other students postings (1 x 100 words – 300 in total).    Total 1300 words (25%)
Book review: Each student shall write a 1000 word book review analysing and critiquing the mission trends outlined in the book (1000 words) (25%)
Major Essay: Each student shall propose an approach to a present or future mission venture based upon the mission theory, practice and trends considered in this unit (2000 words) (50%)

Undergraduate level 2
Online tutorial forum: Each student shall post an outline and analyse the life of a missionary theorist or practitioner with respect to the theories or practices they are associated with and context in which they were developed (1000 words) and they shall interact with three other students postings (1 x 100 words – 300 in total).    Total 1300 words (25%)
Book review: Each student will write a 1500 word book review analysing and critiquing the mission trends outlined in the book (1500 words) (25%)
Major Essay: Each student shall propose an approach to a present or future mission venture based upon the mission theory, practice and trends considered in this unit (2500 words) (50%)

Postgraduate
Online tutorial forum: Each student shall post an outline and analyse the life of a missionary theorist or practitioner with respect to the theories or practices they are associated with and context in which they were developed (1000 words) and they shall interact with three other students postings (1 x 100 words – 300 in total).    Total 1300 words (20%)
Book review: Each student shall write a 1000 word book review analysing and critiquing the mission trends outlined in the book (1000 words) (20%)
Major Essay: Each student shall propose an approach to a present or future mission venture based upon the mission theory, practice and trends considered in this unit (2000 words) (50%)
Chart: The student shall chart the historical relationship between key people, mission theories, missionary practices and mission trends and the historical context in which they arose (500 words or equivalent) (10%)

Recommended reading

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Anderson, Gerald H., Robert Coote, Norman A. Horner and James M Phillips (Eds.), Mission Legacies: Biographical Leaders of the Modern Missionary Movement. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1994.
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.
Jenkins, Phillip, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Pierson, Paul. The Dynamics of Christian Mission: History Through a Missiological Perspective. Pasadena, CA: William Caret International University Press, 2009.
Sanneh, Lamin. Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Spencer, Stephen. Christian Mission: SCM Study guide. London: SCM Press, 2007.
*Sunquist, Scott W. Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013.
Tennent, Timothy C. Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2010.
Wainwright, Geoffrey. Lesslie Newbigin: A Theological Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Yates, Timothy. Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century. Gateshead: Cambridge University Press, 1996.