Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- outline the nature of the mission of God and the church’s role as God’s partners in God’s mission with reference to its holistic nature;
- articulate an understanding of the socio-cultural-religious contexts of Muslim, Buddhist and Australian Aboriginal communities;
- identify and interpret key Biblical texts which show the early church engaging with people who have different socio-cultural-religious heritages;
- describe the notion of contextualisation and its implications for practice;
- analyse major trends in global mission; and
- critically evaluate these trends in global mission with respect to their impact on cultural differences.
- One reflection on assigned reading (1,000 words) (20%)
- One 30-minute educational presentation (30%)
- One essay (3,000 words) (50%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Accad Fouad Elias. Building Bridges: Christianity And Islam, Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1997.
- Bjork, David. Unfamiliar Paths: The Challenge of Recognizing the Work of Christ in Strange Clothing, Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1997.
- Bevans, Stephan & Schroeder, Roger. Constants In Context: A Theology of Mission for Today, Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2004.
- Coleman, Doug. A Theological Analysis of the Insider Movement Paradigm from Four Perspectives: Theology of Religions, Revelation, Soteriology and Ecclesiology, Pasadena: WCIU Press, 2011.
- Davis, J R. Poles Apart? Contextualizing The Gospel, Bangkok: Kanok Bannasan (OMF Publishers), 1993.
- Moreau, Scott, Contextualization in World Missions: Mapping and Assessing Evangelical Models, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012.
- Myers, Bryant. Walking With The Poor, Maryknoll: Orbis, 2016.
- Ott, Craig and Strauss, Stephen, Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues, Grand Rapids: Macmillan, 2010.
- Rainbow Spirit Elders. Rainbow Spirit Theology: Towards An Australian Aboriginal Theology, Blackburn, Vic: HarperCollins, 1997.
- Reisacher, Evelyne, Toward Respectful Understanding & Witness Among Muslims, Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2012.
- Rynkiewich, Michael. Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World, Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.
- Winter, Ralph, Hawthorne, Steve, Perspectives On The World Christian Movement: A Reader, 4th edn, William Carey Library, 2013.