This introductory level course follows the key discussions and directions of mission theory as charted by the ecumenical conferences. Beginning with the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh, 1910, with its focus on pragmatics and ‘conquest’, it follows the theoretical shifts occurring within the International Missionary Council (IMC), the Lausanne Movement, and the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Commission for World Mission and Evangelism. It will survey multiple themes as they arise within this discussion, including: Christianity in relation to the religions, faith and culture, religion and secularism, missionary partnership and the issue of ecumenical uniting, mission as humanization, colonialism in mission method, the shifts within the acculturation/ inculturation/ contextualization discussion, missionary ecclesiology as proposed through the union of the IMC and WCC, evangelism versus social justice, proselytism and ethics in mission, the rise of indigenous theologies, liberation, poverty, and HIV/Aids.

Unit Code: DM8020P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Chart the key mission conferences through the various institutional streams of the ecumenical movement, including the IMC, WCC, Lausanne, CWME;


Describe the key theoretical developments, their cultural, historical and political background, and the shifts in terminology;


Identify central voices within the debates and their particular contribution;


Evaluate the constitutive conceptual elements found within the contemporary theology of mission;


Develop an in-depth statement of one key motif within the theology of mission.


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Identify and analyse the theological problem and associated solution developed within one formal ecumenical or evangelical statement on mission. Required length: 1000

1000 35.0

5000 word essay focused on one particular theme to have arisen within the ecumenical discussion of mission. The theme is to be identified in consultation with the lecturer

5000 65.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-06 13:23:23 +1000