History & Practice of Christian Mission
Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009
This course introduces the history and practice of Christian mission, and examines key concepts such as mission, missiology, evangelism and missio Dei.
The course begins by examining whether mission was a discernible strategy in the Hebrew Scriptures and Second Temple Judaism periods, and then addresses mission in the New Testament focusing on the mission of Jesus and the twelve, and Saul of Tarsus. Missionary movements within the history of the church are examined (e.g. Cyril and Methodius, medieval monasticism, and the Jesuit missions of the counter-Reformation) with particular attention to the modern missionary period.
The historical overview raises a number of recurring features which become the basis for an analysis of missionary theory and practice. The course examines whether mission comprises a specific set of tasks or is an underlying characteristic of the Christian Church (missionary intention or missionary dimension).
Students will also explore specific questions raised by the Christian practice of mission - including the identification of missionaries, the identification of mission and missionaries as local and foreign, issues of cross-cultural communication, power, paternalism, autonomy, dependency and interdependence. They will be expected to reflect critically on the difference between mission and development.
This course will equip students to reflect critically on contemporary mission theory and practice within the church, noting especially the development of contextual theology, contextualization and inculturation as patterns of mission in the last 50 years. This will necessarily include global and ecumenical dimensions.
|Objectives||The aim of the course is to enable students to:
- Reflect critically on the history of Christian misson, theory and practice
- Reflect critically on the contemporary church's mission sphere, theory and practice;
- Gain an understanding of issues pertaining to cross-cultural communication and practice;
- Reflect critically on the relationship between theology and culture;
- Engage in contemporary debates about the nature of mission;
- Consider how the missionary life of the church is grounded in the missionary nature of God;
- Identify whether the work of the church is mission-based or not.
Students will be required to attend two one hour lectures each week. Some time will be allowed to encourage visiting different churches or worship centres to observe mission focused events.
Students will be required to attend a one hour seminar each week. Depending on the size of the cohort it is expected that faculty will lead the first 7 workshops and the remaining sessions will be led by students as a part of the assessment regime of the course.
|Replacing Course(s)||Not applicable|
|Assumed Knowledge||A working knowledge of the New and/or Old Testament, or completion of Forming the Faith: History of the Early Church would be a distinct advantage.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term