1 x 3-hour lecture weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of THEO2312, THEO2520 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Tutorial presentation, Seminar, Tutorial participation
Topic description
This topic provides a background to, and knowledge of cross-cultural ministry. Students will develop critical skills in: evaluating biblical and theological underpinnings for cross-cultural ministry; understanding changes to the cultural landscape of Australia over time and the implications of these for ministry in the church and engagement with wider society; possible practices for growing a genuinely intercultural church community; developing knowledge and skills for effective leadership and pastoral care within a multicultural church.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • identify and evaluate a range of cross-cultural ministry critically, reflect upon the theological frameworks of each student's approach to ministry practice, recognise the significance of culture and cultural identity, and show the impact that cultural identity has upon interaction and communication across cultural groups
  • investigate historical, contemporary, and possible future changes within Australian church contexts, in response to social and political developments in the broader community
  • provide students with the analytical skills to identify and critique practical models for leadership, mission, ministry, pastoral care and worship in multicultural contexts
Expected learning outcomes
On completing this topic, students will be able to:

  • reflect critically, biblically and theologically, on ministry and mission in contemporary multi-cultural Australia
  • elaborate strategies for developing a community that acknowledges and values the cultural contributions of different groups.
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate a theological basis for the respect of all cultures and people groups