Mission and Leadership for Contemporary Australia (P/G)

Mission and Leadership for Contemporary Australia (P/G)

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Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DM8300T (taken as an SRU in 2016 with code DM9415T)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Postgraduate Foundational
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. Attention is 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 of the skills required for leadership in the church’s call to mission.
  • Identify and analyse actual and espoused theologies of mission in the explicit curriculum of Christian communities


  • Class presentation of 2,000 words (30%)    
  • Weekly journal of 2,000 words (40%)           
  • 2 x 1,000-word short papers (30%)                


  • Essay of 2,000 words (30%)
  • Participation in online forum 2,000 words (40%)
  • 2 x 1,000-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, 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 & Stock, 2012

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

 Lecturer: The Revd Associate Professor Stephen Burns and the Revd Dr Cecilia Francis
 Timetable: Offered in 2016 in Semester 1 only