Mission and Leadership for Contemporary Australia

Field: Missiology
Unit Code(s): DM1300T (Class based) 
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 1)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face
Prerequisites: None

This unit introduces some of the basic elements of contemporary Anglican thinking about mission, specifically (1) the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission, (2) western Anglicanism’s engagement with “fresh expressions of church” in the “mixed economy” of a “mission-shaped church”, and (3) the growing influence upon Anglicans of the theologies of the “missional church network.” The unit relates these aspects of Anglican missiology to cultural exegesis of contemporary Australian cultures. Particular attention will be given to consideration of roles and styles of leadership in the missional activity of the church. 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of mission within historical and contemporary contexts, with special reference to Anglican theologies
  • demonstrate an awareness of the disciplines of leadership, and the foundations and development of community life in a missional practice
  • articulate a theological foundation for mission in a variety of social and cultural settings, with special reference to contemporary Australian cultures
  • demonstrate awareness and critique of the skills required for leadership in the church’s call to mission.
  • 1,500-word class presentation (30%)    
  • 1,500-word weekly journal (40%)           
  • Two 500-word short papers (30%)                
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Graham Cray et al, Mission-shaped Church (London: CHP, 2004)

Andrew Curnow et al, Building the Mission-shaped Church in Australia (Alexandria: Broughton Books, 2008)

Steven Croft, ed., Mission-shaped Questions (London: CHP, 2008)

Steven Croft and Ian Mobsby, eds, Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012)

Crag van Gelder and Dwight Zscheile, The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011)

Craig van Gelder, ed., The Missional Church and Leadership Formation: Helping Congregations Develop Leadership Capacity (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009)

David Goodhew, ed., Towards a Theology of Church Growth (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2015)

Susan Hope, Mission-shaped Spirituality (London: DLT, 2007)

Louis Nelstrop and Martyn Percy, Evaluating Fresh Expressions: Explorations in Emerging Church (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2009)

Stephen Pickard, Inbetween God: Theology, Community, Discipleship (Adelaide: ATF, 2012)

Stephen Pickard, Theological Foundations for Collaborative Ministry (Aldershot: Ashgate 2010)

Cathy Ross, ed., Life-widening Mission: Global Anglican Perspectives (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012)

Cathy Ross and Stephen Bevans, eds, Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Contexts and Prophetic Dialogue (London: SCM Press, 2015)

Andrew Walls and Cathy Ross, eds, Mission in the Twenty-first Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission (London: DLT, 2008)

Dwight Zscheile, Agile Church: Spirit-led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 2015)

Dwight Zscheile, People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 2012)

Dwight Zscheile, ed., Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012)