Details for Biblical Foundations of Mission

This Biblical Foundations of Mission unit is designed to demonstrate the responsibility that God has charged his people with to bring his Kingdom to earth. From Israel to the birth of the Christian church through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the task of God’s people was, and still is, to be a light to the nations and to make disciples that reflect the character of God. This unit will trace this mandate through the biblical narrative and give special attention to Jesus’ own ministry and the spread of the early Christian church. For those wishing to broaden their understanding of a biblical theology of mission, then sign up noIllustratew!

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CCM102
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Kevin Hovey



Awards offering Biblical Foundations of Mission

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This unit provides a study of the biblical foundations of missions, examining the Old and New Testament and, in particularly, the missionary mandate arising from the gospel of Jesus Christ.It aims to engage students in the process of examining Christian missionary activity in the light of the Scriptures, and provide the theological basis grounding missionary strategy and facilitating effective practice


Students should be able to:

  1. Outline a knowledge of the narratives, themes and concepts that contribute to a biblical theology of mission;
  2. Illustrate the influence of culture and context on the reading of the Bible and the understanding of mission;
  3. Explain the importance of the Bible for missionary praxis;
  4. Describe a personal philosophy of mission using Scripture and compare this to the philosophy of mission held by other Christian denominations or mission organisations;
  5. Explain the process of the formation of contextual theologies of misison;
  6. Review historical and contemporary theologies of mission to establish their biblical basis.

Subject Content

  • Old Testament overview from the perspective of mission
  • New Testament overview from the perspective of mission
  • The Biblical covenants as related to mission
  • Israel’s responsibility for cross cultural mission in the OT era including an evaluation of its achievements or non-achievement
  • The ministry of Jesus from a cross cultural mission perspective: Keeping Luke 4 in creative tension with Acts 2.
  • The Great Commission and its implications for mission today
  • Pauline Theology of Mission in relation to contemporary mission programs and strategy.
  • Individual Biblical passages with particular relevance to cross cultural mission
  • Themes in theology of mission from the Reformation to today
  • Analysis of contemporary Western theologies of mission; Conciliar, Evangelical, Post Vatican II Catholic and Pentecostal.
  • Overview of Non-Western theologies of mission
  • Cultural bias and theological systems
  • The impact of contemporary philosophies and influences such as post-modernism, universalism, pluralism, ecumenism, syncretism, globalization and multi-culturalism on biblically oriented missions.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (on site)
  • E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Postings (20%)
  • Book Review (30%)
  • Promotional Critque (10%)
  • Major Essay (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Van Engen, C. E. Transforming Mission Theology. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2017

Please consult your instructor before purchasing texts.