Students will reflect on their call to service in the church and the world, especially as it involves them in working with people who make inquiries about their faith, and will: study the evangelistic story of the Old and New Testament; explore the evangelistic implications of the theology contained in the Augsburg Confession; examine the Lutheran teachings of church and ministry, station and vocation, and the way they inform and guide evangelism; explore aspects of Australian society and reflect on cross-cultural issues; consider the relationship between church and society; examine the way the Christian faith can be lived in ordinary life

Unit code: DP1009L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Identify the biblical and theological foundations for evangelism


Describe the pluralist nature of contemporary Australian society


Articulate their own understanding of evangelism


Explain a vocational approach to evangelism

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 1 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (e.g. engagement with online learning materials, audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Davis, Mark. Talking about evangelism: a congregational resource. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 2007.
  • Doctrinal Statements and Theological Opinions of the Lutheran Church of Australia. ‘A Statement on mission.’ DSTO vol. 2 I1. Rev. ed. 2001. Accessed 18 December 2013.
  • Due, Noel. New life new love. North Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Church of Australia, 2017.
  • Hughes, Philip J., ed. Australia's religious communities: a multimedia exploration. 3rd ed. Nunawading, VIC: Christian Research Association, 2010.
  • Kolb, Robert. ‘Called to milk cows and govern kingdoms: Martin Luther’s teaching on the Christian’s vocations’. Concordia Journal 39 no.2 (Spring 2013): 133–141.
  • Lutheran Church of Australia. ‘Our Church in Mission.’ Regular Convention. Adelaide, SA: OpenBook, 2003. 100–103. Accessed 18 December 2013.
  • Lutheran Church of Australia. Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations. ‘The ministry of the people of God and the public ministry’. Rev ed. 1992/2001. Accessed 18 December 2013.
  • Pless, John T. ‘The catechism as the handbook for the vocation of the laity in worship and prayer’. In The Pieper lectures. Vol 11, The Lutheran doctrine of vocation, edited by John A. Maxfield. St Louis, MO: Concordia Historical Institute, 2008.
  • Veith, Gene E. The spirituality of the cross: the way of the first evangelicals. Rev ed. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2010. ————. God at work: your Christian vocation in all of life. Wheaton, IL: Crossways Books, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reflect on initial understandings of mission and evangelism in light of assigned reading.

1000 25.0
Critical Review

A book or movie review summarising the content and identifying the meaning of insights gained for developing a Christian witness

1000 25.0

Outline biblical and confessional foundations for a Lutheran theology of mission, and reflect on those foundations for the church and the student.

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 19 Jul, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-07-19 14:39:20 +1000