Designed for students whose first language is not English, students will reflect on the role of contextualisation in church life. Students will develop their skills in this area around issues of faith, pastoral care and leadership.

Unit code: DP0128W

Unit status: Archived (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Explain the relevance of reading Scripture contextually for the church


Identify contextual issues experienced in the life of the church


Explore a contextual reading of Scripture in a local setting


Lectures, Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cha, Peter, S. Steve Kang, and Helen Lee, eds. Growing Healthy Asian American Churches: Ministry Insights from Groundbreaking Congregations. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2006.
  • Doehring, Carrie. The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach. Revised and Expanded Edition. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015.
  • Gener, Timoteo D, and Stephen T Pardue, eds. Asian Christian Theology : Evangelical Perspectives. Carlis, Cumbria, UK: Langham Global Library, 2019.
  • Goosen, Gideon C. Bringing churches together: A popular introduction to ecumenism. 2nd edition. Geneva: WCC Publications, 2001.
  • Lane, Patty. A beginner’s guide to crossing cultures: Making friends in a multicultural world. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
  • Law, Eric H F. The Word at the crossings: Living the good news in a multicontextual community. St Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2004.
  • Kirk, J Andrew. What is mission? Theological explorations. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999.
  • Park, M. Sydney, Rah, Soong-Chan, and Al Tizon, eds. Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2012.
  • Taylor, Steve. Built for change: a practical theology of innovation and collaboration in leadership. Unley, SA: MediaCom Education Inc, 2016.
  • Wintle, Brian C, ed. South Asia Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015.
  • Whipp, Margaret. Pastoral Theology. SCM Studyguide. London: SCM Press, 2013.
  • Wu, Jackson. Saving God's Face : A Chinese Contextualization of Salvation through Honor and Shame. Evangelical Missiological Society Dissertation Series. Pasadena, Calif.: William Carey International University Press, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Case Study

Case Study of 750 words

750 25.0

1,000 word thematic/reflective essay

1000 35.0

3x reviews responding to class material and readings

1250 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 21 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-21 11:12:42 +1100