EM305 - Theology of Mission
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
Students who take EM305 may not take EM301.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- The biblical theology of mission
- The contemporary theology of mission
Be able to
- Discuss the biblical theology of mission
- Analyse the key issues in contemporary theologies of mission
- Evaluate contemporary theologies of mission in light of the biblical theology of mission
- Present an analytical perspective on the theology of mission
Be in a position to
- Integrate perspectives from ‘Theology of Mission’ with their other theological and ministry studies
- Examine current issues in mission in the light of the theology of mission
- Apply perspectives from ‘Theology of Mission’ to current issues and specific ministries in world Christian mission
Section A: Biblical Theology of Mission
- Israel’s election and missional role in the Old Testament.
- God and the nations in the Old Testament
- The prophets, the nations and God’s missional purpose.
- Jesus, the gospel and the nations.
- Mission in the Early Church.
- The Pauline perspective on mission.
- The church, the individual and ‘sentness’.
Section B: Contemporary Theology of Mission
- The Missionary Conferences of the twentieth century.
- Development of ecumenical, evangelical and Roman Catholic theologies of mission.
- Religious pluralism and relationships with other faiths.
- Salvation, dialogue and the communication role of the church.
- Evangelism and social justice.
- Contextualisation, presence and proclamation.
- Development of indigenous theologies.
Bolt, P. and M. Thompson (eds), The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul's Mission (Leicester; Downers Grove, IL: Apollos; IVP, 2000).
Kaiser, W. C., Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000).
Kirk, J. A., What is Mission? Theological Explorations (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999).
Köstenberger, A. J. and P. O’Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (Leicester: Apollos, 2001).
Petrella, I., Latin American Liberation Theology: The Next Generation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2005).
Larkin, W. J. et al, Mission in the New Testament: An Evangelical Approach (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998).
Peskett, H. and V. Ramachandra, The Message of Missions: The Glory of Christ in All Time and Space (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2003).
Piper, J., Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).
Van Engen, C. E., et al, The Good News of the Kingdom: Mission Theology for the Third Millennium (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1998).
Hedlund, R. E., Roots of the Great Debate in Mission (3rd ed.; Bangalore: Theological Book Trust, 1997).
Taylor, W. (ed.), Global Missiology for the 21st Century: the Iguassu Dialogue (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000).
Bosch, D., Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991).