Issues in Cross-cultural Missiology

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 766

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit considers the nature of ‘missiology’ and explores a number of issues which are widely recognised as important for the practice of mission in today’s world. These include: a biblical overview of mission; several images which stimulate imaginative thinking about mission; a wide-ranging debate about the concept of a distinct ‘call’ to mission; the possible application of Paul’s counter-imperial theology to areas of the world where a strong alliance between political and religious power is evident; the challenge of incarnational thinking to contemporary mission, together with an exploration of the way this has influenced experiments in Asia with forms of ‘church’ for ‘Muslim Background Believers’. The last part of the unit considers the extent to which authentic mission is more a matter of ‘lifestyle’ than ‘location’ and discusses some varied expressions of mission lifestyle.

Aims

To examine contemporary issues in missiology, in order to develop students’ ability to engage in missiological debate, so that they can engage in the practice of cross-cultural mission in ways which are biblically grounded and culturally sensitive.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • discuss the contribution of the discipline of missiology in cross-cultural mission
Intellectual skills
  • critically evaluate key factors in cross-cultural mission and make a positive contribution to the search for a truly indigenous church in each local context
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • relate the underlying principles that have been studied to their own ministry context

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Student led seminars

30 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • Two essays

3000 words each

50% each
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Issues in Cross-cultural Missiology

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 766

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Roger Standing

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