Trans-Cultural Mission

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 355

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit explores 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 the 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 introduce the students to 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 outcome

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

Knowledge and understanding

·         Understand and articulate a non-Western understanding of Christian mission

·         Identify the missiological insights gained from the trip and indicate their potential relevance for contemporary mission in the UK

Intellectual skills

·         Evaluate the significance of a global perspective in regard to Christian mission

·         Reflect theologically and critically upon the experience of mission in different cultural contexts

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·         Outline and explain the degree of contextualisation in the life and ministry of a Christian community

·         Identify the elements that lead to an expression of ‘integral mission’ in any given context and explain their missiological significance

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:

·         A structured theological reflection contemporaneous with the overseas trip

 

n/a

 

n/a

Summative:

·         A reflective essay which draws upon material from the student’s reflective learning journal which will be submitted as an appendix.

 

3000 words

 

100%

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

 

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

n/a

Teaching method

Mission trip with meetings before and after

Additional eLearning content

 

Feedback

Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)

 

Information updated on

December 2015

Indicative reading

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

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

Donovan, V.J., Christianity Rediscovered (London: SCM Press, 2001)

Escobar, Samuel, A Time For Mission (Leicester: IVP, 2003)

Jenkins, Philip, The Next Christendom (Oxford: OUP, 2007)

Kirk, Andrew, What is Mission? (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1999)

Newbigin, Leslie, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (London: SPCK, 1989)

Sanneh, Lameh, Whose Religion is Christianity: the Gospel beyond the West? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003)

Thacker, Justin, and Marijke Hoek, Micah’s Challenge: The Church’s Responsibility to the Global Poor (Milton Keynes: Authentic, 2008)

Walls, Andrew F., and C. Ross, Mission in the 21st Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2008)

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Trans-Cultural Mission

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 355

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Roger Standing

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