The unit examines, evaluates and engages models of church and mission from theological, missiological and practical perspectives. Specific attention is given to the relationship of the church to the mission of God, the reign of God, and the world the church is called to serve and engage. Students will explore and analyse various aspects of the church’s mission and ministry from a biblical, theological and practical perspective, including some:

  • church leadership,
  • baptism and communion,
  • worship
  • pastoral care
  • church discipline
  • the ministry gifts of its members,
  • the churches growth and mission in the world
  • the church as community
  • and the church in its Australian context.

An important component of the unit requires the student to reflect on and analyse their church in its current mission and ministry context.

Unit Code: CT9023S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate an understanding of the nature of the church and its relationship to the mission and reign of God


Identify and apply principles of mission to select aspects of church life (leadership, worship, sacraments, pastoral care, etc.).


Articulate a reflective response to selected case studies in mission and ministry


Evaluate and critique models of church and illustrate contemporary issues of mission


Develop a theological rationale for the mission of the church with reference to a particular context

Unit sequence

15 points in Missiology and 15 points in Systematic Theology.


Teaching strategies include lectures; tutorials; research; cross-cultural visits, class discussion and debates; presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, DVD, video and audio.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

Case Studies (2 x 500 words)

1000 20.0

Minor Essay

1500 20.0

Theological rationale for the mission of the church

500 10.0

Major Essay

3000 50.0
Case Study

Case Study 500 words

500 10.0
Case Study

Case Study 500 words

500 10.0

Minor Essay (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Theological rationale for the mission of the church (500 words)

500 10.0

Major Essay (3000 words)

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Feb, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-07-01 16:41:59 +1000