Foundational unit

2nd semester: Tuesday evening    (Min. No. 8)

Cross listed as CT8330Y

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

A tutorial presentation and discussion of a case study in mission and submitting the same as a 2000 word essay (40%); 4000 word essay describing the missionary nature of the church and critically examining how it can be practised in contemporary Australia (60%).

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

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

Blackburn, W. Ross. The God who Makes himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus. Edited by D. A. Carson. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity, 2012.

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

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

Kalu, Ogbu U., et al. Mission after Christendom. Louisville, KY: Westminister John Knox, 2010.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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