Gospel, Culture & Communication in Australia & New Zealand

This postgraduate unit  examines the cultural, social, theological, and biblical foundations for communicating the gospel in contemporary Australia and New Zealand. It explores relevant missional theories and strategies for proclamation in societies that do not always welcome the gospel. Beginning with the foundations of the gospel from the biblical sources it considers the content of the gospel (kerygma), a theology for missional/evangelistic practice, culture and spirituality: indigenous peoples and new comers, the ‘Engle Scale’ and its applicability to evangelism, the praxis of evangelism: personal and corporate, objections to Christianity in Australia or New Zealand, ethical considerations for evangelism and strategies for evangelistic ‘best practice’.

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Christian Life and Ministry

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the content of the Christian Gospel message drawn from its biblical and theological sources
  2. exercise an advanced understanding of the complexities inherent in the Australian/New Zealand cultural context in which the Christian Gospel message will be proclaimed
  3. investigate, analyse, and creatively appropriate Australian/New Zealand culture and history to locate relevant redemptive analogies suitable for communicating the Christian Gospel message
  4. evaluate missional theories and generate strategies through which the Christian Gospel message can be communicated in the Australian/New Zealand context
  5. use advanced communication skills to present and theorise about developments affecting a clear and coherent Christian Gospel message in the Australian/New Zealand context.
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