Students in this unit will examine the biblical foundations for mission and the significance of Lutheran confessional distinctives for the mission of the church. In addition to assessing the Lutheran Church of Australia’s approach to world mission, students will evaluate the Catechumenate and other evangelism/catechetical resources. They will also reflect on different approaches to the starting of new congregations and the role of Lutheran schooling in the mission of the church.

Unit code: DM3007L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and explain the biblical foundations for mission


Describe the significance of the Lutheran confessions for the mission of the church


Identify the role of the Lutheran Church of Australia in mission today


Evaluate evangelism/catechetical resources for mission


Assess different approaches to the starting of new missional communities and congregations

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 3 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses

Prerequisites: 36 points in Field D


This unit uses a combination of interactive lectures, tutorial style discussion and student-led contributions.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anderson, Gerald H., ed. Biographical dictionary of Christian missions. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999.
  • Bartsch, Malcolm I. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran Schools. North Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2013.
  • Bosch, David J. Transforming mission: paradigm shifts in theology of mission. 20th anniversary edition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991.
  • Briese, Russell John. Foundations of a Lutheran theology of evangelism. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Lang, 1994.
  • Davis, D. Mark. Talking about evangelism: a congregational resource. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2007.
  • Neill, Stephen. A history of Christian missions. 2nd ed. London, UK: Penguin Books, 1991.
  • Oberg, Ingemar. Luther and world mission: a historical and systematic study. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2007.
  • Schulz, K. Detlev. Mission from the cross: the Lutheran theology of mission. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2009.
  • Stolle, Volker. The church comes from all nations: Luther texts on mission. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2004.
  • Torvend, Samuel, and Lani Willis, eds. Welcome to Christ: a Lutheran introduction to the catechumenate. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 1997.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Evaluate a mission/evangelism website

1000 20.0
Critical Review

Evaluate a catechetical/evangelism resource

1500 30.0
Learning Resource

Develop a resource that contributes to growing mission awareness and/or practice

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000