This unit will examine emerging trends in world christianity and how missiology is adapting to the sweeping changes ushered in by urbanisation and globalisation. Among topics explored are the ethics of and justification for mission today, the role of the local church in mission, the value of ethnography (and other anthropological tools) for Christian mission, and the practices of public faith(fulness) in post-Christian contexts.

Unit code: DM0122W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Describe current challenges and opportunities experienced by world christianity


Identify positive examples of contemporary mission practice


Illustrate the application of global mission methods in local mission context


Lectures, case studies and student led discussion

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bessenecker, Scott A. Living Mission: The Vision and Voices of New Friars. Downers Grover, IL: IVP, 2010.
  • Champion, Denise. Yarta Wandatha. Salisbury, SA: Denise Champion, 2014.
  • Fetterman, David. Ethnography: Step-by-Step. 4th Edition. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE Publications, 2019.
  • Foster, Tim. Suburban Captivity of the Church. Moreland, VIC: Acorn Press, 2014.
  • Okesson, Gregg. A Public Missiology: How Local Churches Witness to a Complex World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2020.
  • Sparks, Paul, Tim Soerens, & Dwight J. Friesen. The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014.
  • Rynkiewich, Michael. Soul, Self and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.
  • Tizon, Al. Whole and Reconciled: Gospel, Church, and Mission in a Fractured World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2018.
  • Van Engen, Charles, ed. The State of Missiology Today: Global Innovations in Christian Witness. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016.
  • Walls, Andrew, and Cathy Ross, eds. Mission in the 21st Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission. New York: Orbis Books, 2008.
  • Wells, Samuel. Incarnational Mission: Being with the World. London, England: Canterbury Press, 2018.
  • Yeh, Allen. Polycentric Missiology: Twenty-First-Century Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

One 1,000 word book/film review

1000 30.0

One 1,000 word Ethnography of a cultural scene

1000 30.0

One 1,500 word critical reflection on a faith context

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-22 20:54:34 +1000