Mission and Worship (P/G)

Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DA9300T or DA9309T (online)
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate (Elective)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: None
Content: Mission and Worship explores the relationship between mission and worship, taking up the challenges and changes facing the contemporary church. Special attention will be given to the engagement between cultural contexts and missional challenges. The unit proposes understandings of the missional dimensions of worship in terms of (i) invitation and (ii) formation—that is, both how worship attracts persons into gathering and how it then shapes persons as participants in God’s mission beyond the liturgical assembly. Among a range of perspectives, a feature of this unit will be critical appreciation of the influence of increasingly diverse emerging forms of worship on inherited forms of worship.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • articulate a range of models of the intersection between worship and mission
  • interpret the literature of contemporary missiology—particularly the Anglican and ecumenical investment in "mission-shaped church"/"fresh expressions of church", and liturgical theology
  • critique their own inherited/tradition-specific traditions of worship with resources from this unit
  • construct missionally appropriate resources for worship
  • critically evaluate the missional appropriateness of contemporary worship practice.
  • evaluate liturgical events with respect to the work of particular theologians and projects (e.g. The Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture).
  • 1,500-word literature review (20%)
  • 1,500-word paper critiquing liturgical events (20%)
  • 1,500-word essay (30%)
  • 1,500-word constructive resources with commentary (30%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Baker, J. Curating Worship. London: SPCK, 2010.

Burns, S. Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God. Melbourne: Mosaic, 2012.

Croft, S. et al, eds. Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition. New York, NY: Church Publishing, 2012.

Croft, S. ed. Mission-shaped Questions. London: CHP, 2008.

Earey, M. Worship that Cares: An Introduction to Pastoral Liturgy. London: SCM Press, 2012.

* Gay, D. Remixing the Church: Towards an Emerging Ecclesiology. London: SCM Press, 2011.

Gray-Reeves, M. and M. Perham. The Hospitality of God: Emergent Worship for a Missional Church. London: SPCK, 2011.

Jagessar, M. and S. Burns. Christian Worship: Postcolonial Perspectives. Sheffield: Equinox, 2011.

Pierce, G.A. The Mass is Never Ended: Rediscovering Our Mission to Transform the World. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2007.

Schmidt, C. Sent and Gathered: A Worship Manual for a Missional Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.

Schattauer, T. ed. Inside-Out: Worship in an Age of Mission. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1999.

* Vasconcelos-Wilkey, G. Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.

Ward, P. Liquid Ecclesiology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2015.