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, migration and globalization, 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 the practise of human rights, reconciliation and advocacy to lead the students to reflect on discipleship today.



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

  1. discuss three challenges human society face today
  2. discuss how Christian mission is a service to life
  3. illustrate two relevant mission expressions
  4. compare these interpretations of mission with former missiologies which gave priority to baptism
  5. analyse the understanding of mission in Evangelii Gaudium (Level 3 only)


Level 2: A tutorial presentation and discussion about one of the challenges to mission in Australia and submit the same as a 2000 word essay (40%); 2500 word essay on Lk 4:19, “The Acceptable Year of the Lord,” and critically presenting any one of the recent approaches to mission showing how it is an expression of the acceptable year of the Lord (60%)

Level 3: As per Level 2, with a 3000 word essay (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, Marion. Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony. 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.

Montgomery, Robert L. Why Religions Spread: The Expansion of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam with Implications for Mission. 2nd ed. Ashville, NC: Cross Lines, 2012.

Schreiter, R., and Knud Joergensen, 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.