Introduction to Mission

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 150 - 8150

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit explores a variety of theological themes, including mission as Missio Dei, incarnation and the Kingdom of God, and a range of biblical themes and passages which form the basis for missiology are considered.  There is an introduction to different aspects of mission, such as evangelism and social action, and to contemporary missiological issues, such as contextualisation.  Current cultural trends and their implications for mission are considered.

Aims

To introduce students to theological, biblical, historical and contemporary themes and issues in the study of mission.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Describe significant theological themes and biblical teaching relevant to the theory and practice of mission

Intellectual skills

·      Identify the influence of biblical and theological understanding and cultural context on shaping missional praxis

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Critically apply biblical, theological and cultural analysis to missiological issues

·      Design and write an essay on a missiological subject

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:    

 

 

1500 words

 

n/a

n/a

·         150:

·         8150:

Group work task in class

An essay

Summative:

 

2000 words

 

 

100%

100%

Pass/fail*

·         150:

·         8150:

An essay

An essay

and a learning journal*

 

* Distance learning students are required to pass this element. So long as this element has been passed, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is within the compensation zone (30-39%), and the compensatable credit allowance as set out in the Degree Regulations has not been exceeded.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

1

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

1.    Theological perspectives on mission

2.    Biblical perspectives on mission

3.    Making mission relevant – contextualization/inculturation

4.    Historical perspectives on mission

5.    Integral or holistic mission

6.    The reach of mission: the poor and the environment

7.    Mission in a post-Christian culture

8.    Introduction to postmodernism

9.    Mission in the light of postmodernism

10.  Spirituality and mission

11.  Mission and the local church

Teaching method

Interactive lectures

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning

Feedback

Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)

 

Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

Bosch, David J., Transforming Mission (New York: Orbis, 1991)

Chester, Timothy, Justice, Mercy and Humility (Milton Keynes: 2002)

Hesselgrave, David J. & Edward Rommen, Contextualization (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1980)

Ma, Julie C. & Wonsuk Ma, Mission in the Spirit (Oxford; Regnum, 2010)

Moreau, A., Contextualization in World Missions: Mapping and Assessing Evangelical Models (Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2012)

Morgan, Christopher W., Robert A. Peterson, and Bruce K. Waltke, The Kingdom of God (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2012)

Murray, Stuart, Post-Christendom (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2004)

Ott, Craig, Stephen J. Strauss, & Timothy C. Tennent, Encountering Theology of Mission (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010)

Smith, James K. A., Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007)

Wright, Christopher J. H., The Mission of God (Downers Grove: IVP, 2006)

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Introduction to Mission

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 150 - 8150

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Roger Standing

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