This unit examines the cultural and ethnic diversity of contemporary Australia and explores the implications of that complexity for mission. Students will explore the development of a contextual theology, which will support a culturally and ethnically diverse church. The unit will consider biblical, theological, pastoral and sociological frameworks for effective mission in this evolving context, noting critical issues for mission. Models of ministry that have been used by the church in ministry across cultures will be critically examined.

Unit Code: DM2118B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catherine Booth College

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Learning Outcomes


Examine and articulate an understanding of the ethnic and cultural diversity that is present in contemporary Australia and the implications of this diversity for mission and ministry.


Assess the challenges faced by people who are from an ethnically and culturally diverse heritage as they adapt to the Australian context.


Critically evaluate existing models of how the church has responded to mission among such diversity.


Identify critical biblical, theological and pastoral issues relevant to ministry with people from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Unit sequence

15 points in Field D


Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials, Field Visits, Guest lecturers from congregations successfully engaging with ethnic and cultural diversity will be used in workshop settings to assist in delivery of classes.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

1,500 word tutorial Paper on topic chosen from a set list of topics connected to mission to an ethnically and culturally diverse Australia.

1500 40.0

2,500 word essay on mission to an ethnically and diverse Australia.

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-05 08:22:35 +1000