This unit will explore the challenge facing the Christian churches in societies variously shaped by Christendom. It will examine trends within, and analysis of, the current context. Attention will be paid to the major cultural movements which have defined the Australian church: Christendom and its dying influence; the Enlightenment, its legacy of modernity; and, the challenges of post-modernity and globalization. Against this backdrop, the unit will explore and critique recent missionary models of the church, especially, missional and emergent church and fresh expressions. The course will include engagement with particular communities responding in particular ways to the missional challenges.

Unit Code: DM2500P

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


Understand and articulate different theories describing the religious shape of Western societies, including the significance of such themes as Christendom, modernity/Post-modernity, secularization, and globalization, and the way these inform religious belonging


Give an account of the emerging models of the contemporary church and its mission in Australia


Describe and critique the missional church and fresh expressions models, including demonstrating an awareness of the ecclesial and cultural contexts within they have developed


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review A critical book review of one of the main theoretical texts developed either within the missional church or the fresh expressions discussion (2000 words)

2000 40.0

Essay Compare and contrast the missional church, fresh expressions approaches, evaluating them on their theological basis, potential weaknesses, and merit for an Australian context (2500 words)

2500 60.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-05 09:20:16 +1000