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: DP3718B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

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.


Synthesise a biblically consistent framework that incorporates theological and social analysis for ministry to ethnically and culturally diverse people and construct a model for ministry.

Unit sequence

30 points in Field D with 15 from DM or DP


Lectures, group work, online forums, videos


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

2,000 word online presentation

2000 40.0

3,000 word essay on mission to an ethnically and diverse Australia.

3000 60.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-18 14:54:42 +1000