Mission and Worship explores the relationship between mission and worship, taking up the challenges and changes facing the contemporary church. Special attention will be given to the engagement between cultural contexts and missional challenges. The unit proposes understandings of the missional dimensions of worship in terms of (i) invitation and (ii) formation—that is, both how worship attracts persons into gathering and how it then shapes persons as participants in God’s mission beyond the liturgical assembly. Among a range of perspectives, a feature of this unit will be critical appreciation of the influence of increasingly diverse emerging forms of worship on inherited forms of worship.

Unit Code: DL9300T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a range of models of the intersection between worship and mission


Interpret the literature of contemporary missiology—particularly the anglican and ecumenical investment in "mission-shaped church"/"fresh expressions of church", and liturgical theology


Critique their own inherited/tradition-specific traditions of worship with resources from this unit


Construct missionally appropriate resources for worship


Critically evaluate the missional appropriateness of contemporary worship practice.


Evaluate liturgical events with respect to the work of particular theologians and projects (e.g. The nairobi statement on worship and culture)


2 hours face-to-face with 1 hour on-line: lecture, discussion (small group, plenary, on-line forum), online resources, tutorial forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

literature review of 1,500 words

1500 20.0

paper of 1,500 words critiquing liturgical events

1500 20.0

essay of 1,500 words

1500 30.0
Learning Resource

constructive resources with commentary of 1,500 words

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 23 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-27 14:56:44 +1000