This unit explores what is involved in sharing the gospel with different socio-cultural-religious communities in ways that are culturally appropriate and effective in leading to the establishment of Communities of Faith. Among topics considered are the mission of God, the justification for mission, theology of contextualisation and inculturation, encouraging local theologies and self-theologising, models of incarnational ministry, sharing faith with host communities, engagement and evangelism in Muslim and Buddhist contexts, contextualisation in Australian indigenous community contexts, and ethical, strategic and practical issues in global mission today.

Unit code: DM2019W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


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; and


Analyse major trends in global mission and outline their implications.


Lectures, seminars and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Accad Fouad Elias. Building Bridges: Christianity And Islam, Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1997. (recommended for purchase)
  • 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. (recommended for purchase)
  • 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.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2,500 word essay

2500 50.0

1,000 word reflection on assigned reading

1000 25.0
Oral Presentation

15 minute educational presentation

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-04 13:34:16 +1000