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PAST321 Missional God, Missional People

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Scripture's story of the missional God and the ways that themes such as call, blessing and liberation have been experienced, re-imagined and lived out by God's people.

The aim of this paper is to uncover something of the size of God's vision for our world and to offer tools and inspiration to enable communities to take up God's invitation to join in the work of transformation with critical intelligence, perception, wisdom and grace.

Paper title Missional God, Missional People
Paper code PAST321
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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One 200-level PAST or PASX paper
MINS 413
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
May not be credited together with PAST308 or MINS405 passed in 2014.
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.

Professor Paul Trebilco

Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco

Lecurer: Dr Kevin Ward

Paper Structure

This paper will cover six modules:

  1. A missional God
  2. Call and blessing
  3. Mission as word, deed and sign
  4. Gospel and culture: contextualisation
  5. Living as God's missionary people
  6. Mission and community


  • Two 2,500-word essays (35% each)
  • Research project (30%)
Teaching Arrangements
  • Five 2-hour videoconference sessions using Zoom
  • A teaching day held in Wellington

There is no compulsory textbook for this paper.

Course outline
View the course outline for PAST 321
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, global perspective, cultural understanding, critical thinking, information literacy, research skills, self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper the students will be able to:

  1. Employ a missional hermeneutic to discuss scriptural texts critically
  2. Examine key themes of resonance and disjunction with communal experience, critically evaluating their impact
  3. Articulate evidence for ways in the biblical narrative that individuals and communities have wrestled with and become missional people
  4. Apply a theme into a named community, cultural or subcultural context, offering a rationale and resources to enable others to be missional people in their location

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system