Trans-Cultural Missiology in Theory and Practice

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 455

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit explores both the theoretical and practical dimensions of contemporary missiological thinking. These include the significance of non-Western approaches to mission; contextualisation; integral mission and the growing global influence of non-Western Christianity. The core component of this unit is an overseas trip organised by the college in partnership with BMS World Mission. Scheduled for September, this visit will last for between 10-17 days and be located at a BMS centre that can maximise the trans-cultural learning experience (e.g., Kolkata, India and Guayaquil, Ecuador). The trip will be preceded by a preparation event at IMC, Selly Oak, Birmingham in June, and followed by a debrief session at Spurgeon’s in October.

Aims

To enable students to critically explore the dynamics of trans-cultural mission through a first-hand experience of the practice of mission outside of their own cultural environment.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • critically compare and contrast Western and non-Western understandings of mission, evaluating their relative strengths and weaknesses
Intellectual skills
  • assess the degree of contextualisation in the life and ministry of a Christian community and determine its fidelity to the Gospel
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • identify and analyse the missiological insights gained from the trip with a view to establishing their relevance for contemporary mission in the UK

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • A structured theological reflection contemporaneous with the overseas trip

n/a
Summative:
  • A reflective essay

6000 words

100%
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Trans-Cultural Missiology in Theory and Practice

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 455

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Roger Standing

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