Elective unit Intensive                                                                                         (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester: 9:30am-12:30pm Friday and Saturday: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31 August; and 1, 7 and 8 September



The unit begins with a description of the new world order with its characteristics of violence, globalization and migration, and showing how the bible is a narrative of a God of life. This is followed by a presentation of some of the current mission practices like fighting exclusion and inequality through an insistence on human rights, reconciliation and advocacy. This can lead the students to reflect on discipleship today.

PREREQUISITES: an introductory unit in Missiology or Systematic Theology


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

  1. discuss three challenges human society faces today
  2. discuss how Christian mission is a service to life
  3. illustrate two relevant expressions of mission
  4. compare these interpretations of mission with former missiologies which gave priority to baptism
  5. analyse the understanding of mission in Evangelii Gaudium
  6. draw up two relevant mission practices for Australia


A tutorial presentation and discussion of a challenge to mission in Australia and submit the same as a 2000 word essay (40%); 4000 word essay on Lk 4:19, “The Acceptable Year of the Lord,” critically presenting any one of the recent approaches to mission as an expression of the acceptable year of the Lord (60%)



Barnett, Mike, ed. Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practice for the 21st Century. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012.

Bevans, Stephen. Mission and Culture. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012.

Bevans, Stephen, and Roger P. Schroeder. Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011.

Bolger, Ryan, ed. The Gospel after Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012.

Coloe, Mary L., ed. Creation is Groaning: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.

Drew, Rose. Buddhist and Christian? An exploration of dual belonging. London: Routledge, 2011.

Engelsviken, Tormod, Erling Lundeby and Dagfinn Solheim. The Church Going Glocal: Mission and Globalization. Oxford: Regnum, 2011.

Francis. Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel. Vatican: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013.

Grau, M. Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony: Salvation, Society and Subversion. London:  T&T Clark, 2011.

Kalu, Ogbu, Peter Vethanayagamony and Edmund Chia, eds. Mission after Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission. Louisville, KY: John Knox, 2010.

Schreiter, R., and K. Jørgensen, eds. Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation. Oxford: Regnum, 2013.

Smith, David. Mission After Christendom. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2003.

Walls, Andrew, and Cathy Ross. Mission in the 21st Century. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2008.