This unit examines the cultural and ethnic diversity of contemporary Australia and explores the implications of that complexity for mission. Students will explore the development of a contextual theology, which will support a culturally and ethnically diverse church. The unit will consider biblical, theological, pastoral and sociological frameworks for effective mission in this evolving context, noting critical issues for mission. Models of ministry that have been used by the church in ministry across cultures will be critically examined.

Unit Code: DP2718B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Examine and articulate an understanding of the ethnic and cultural diversity that is present in contemporary Australia and the implications of this diversity for mission and ministry.


Assess the challenges faced by people who are from an ethnically and culturally diverse heritage as they adapt to the Australian context.


Critically evaluate existing models of how the church has responded to mission among such diversity.


Identify critical biblical, theological and pastoral issues relevant to ministry with people from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Unit sequence

15 points in Field D


Lectures, group work, online forums, videos


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

1,500 word online presentation

1500 40.0

2,500 word essay on mission to an ethnically and diverse Australia.

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-14 12:15:33 +1000