Paradigms for Contemporary Mission

This unit introduces the paradigm shifts required to recast the church in a genuinely missional stance in western cultural contexts. It examines theological considerations such as Christology and incarnational mission, developing a missional ecclesiology, justice and integrity in mission. It investigates cultural considerations and mission through considering major shifts in modern history and the concept of chaos and complexity. It provides tools for missional revolution offering viable models characteristics of the missional church and action learning systems.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



18 credit points in any field

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of the significant cultural shifts that have occurred over the last few centuries, and the various responses of the church to these
  2. demonstrate a developed understanding of a genuinely missional ecclesiology
  3. display a well-developed ability to analyse culture and identify points of contact with the gospel
  4. articulate a genuinely missional ecclesiology and show a commitment to achieve greater relevance to today’s non-Christian world.
  5. Critically discuss the ‘remissionalisation’ of the church.
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