Foundational Unit                        (Min. No. 8)
1st semester Thursday morning


The unit will begin with the conceptual clarification of the terms mission and missiology followed by an analysis of the biblical foundations of mission and its historical developments leading to the contemporary issues. It will also examine the key Catholic documents on mission.


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

  1. Discuss the meaning of the terms mission and missiology
  2. discuss the biblical foundation of mission
  3. describe the missionary nature of Christian vocation
  4. analyse the impact of colonialism on mission
  5. demonstrate the origin of mission in the nature of God
  6. evaluate the approach to mission which sees it as the vocation of all the baptised

2000 word tutorial presentation and case study in mission (40%); 4000 word essay describing the missionary nature of the church and critically examining how it can be practiced in contemporary Australia (60%)


Bauckham, Richard. Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003.

Bevans, Stephen B., and Roger P. Schroeder. Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004.

Blackburn, W. Ross. The God who Makes Himself Known: Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2012.

Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in the Theology of Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991.

Flett, John. The Witness of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.

Kavunkal, Jacob. Anthropophany: Mission as Making a New Humanity. New Delhi: ISPCK, 2008.

Oborji, Francis A. Concepts of Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2006.

Redford, B. Shawn. Missiological Hermeneutics: Biblical Interpretation for the Global Church. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012.

Ogbu U.Kalu and Others. Mission After Christendom. Louisville,KY: Westminister John Knox Press, 2010.

Ott, Craig. et al. Encountering Theology of Mission. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.

Schroeder, Roger. What is the Mission of the Church. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009.

Skreslet, H. Stanley. Comprehending Mission. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.

Tennent, C.Timothy. Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the Twenty-first Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publication, 2010.