This unit explores the biblical and theological basis for understanding the mission of God. It examines approaches to, and models of, Christian mission. It considers the need for an understanding of culture and context when engaging in mission. It investigates the elements of responsible and ethical missional practices.

Unit code: XD1003Z

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Capstone Other D

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Discuss the biblical and theological impetuses for Christian mission


Analyse one or more approaches to, or models of, Christian mission


Integrate personal skills to enable strategic responses in missional contexts


Reflect on the responsible and ethical use of missional practices in their ministry context(s)

Unit sequence

Compulsory core unit in the Diploma in Ministry


Teaching approaches will be determined by the college delivering the unit

Indicative Bibliography

  • Keller, Timothy. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City. Grand Rapids. MI: Zondervan 2012
  • Keifert, Patrick and Nigel Rooms. Forming the Missional Church - Creating Deep Cultural Change in Congregations. Cambridqe, UK: Grove Books Ltd. 2014.
  • Wright, Christopher, J.H. The Mission of God's People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission (Biblical Theology for Life). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic. 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

A portfolio which contains at least three items including at least one group task

3200 80.0
Summative Reflection

Reflection on missional practices

800 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 7 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-07 13:11:46 +1100