This unit will explore the roots of the church in the messianic ministry of risen, crucified Jesus Christ and the sending of the Spirit. Attention will be given to the classical marks of the church (one, holy, catholic and apostolic) as well as to the particular marks noted by the Reformers (preaching and sacraments). Church-dividing disputes around sacraments and ministry will be noted. The character and history of minority ancient Christian communities (e.g. India, China, Ethiopia) will also be addressed. Attention will turn to the twentieth-century emergence of churches in the global south and the post-Christendom realities faced by mainline churches in lands marked by “Western culture” (with particular reference to the Uniting Church in Australia). Consideration of these developments will assist our critical examination both of classical ecclesiologies and of developing contemporary approaches to the body of Christ.

Unit Code: DM2089P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the origins of the church in the messianic ministry of Jesus


Explain the classical and the Reformed marks of the church


Describe the shifts in ecclesiological reflection prompted by the emergence of the non-Western churches during the twentieth century


Communicate the ways a post-Christendom ecclesiology can be developed in the context of a global church.

Unit sequence

CT1000P or CT1009P


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Learning Resource

1000 words web resource or study guide on biblical roots of ecclesiology

1000 25.0
Tutorial Paper

1000 words collation of tutorial reflections

1000 25.0

2500 words research essay on the global, post-Christendom church

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-04 15:33:36 +1000