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MINS408 Cultures, Migration and Faith

An exploration of mission and ministry in a diverse society, including understanding cultures, migration patterns, generational challenges, refugee issues, intercultural connections and bicultural commitments from the perspective of Christian faith.

Paper title Cultures, Migration and Faith
Paper code MINS408
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,312.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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PAST 314
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts, PGCertChap, PGDipChap, MChap, BTheol(Hons), PGDipTheol, MTheol, PGDipMin, MMin
(i) May not be credited together with PASX308 or MINX405 passed in 2012.
Suitable for people involved in Christian service or with an interest in professional training and development in a range of areas of Christian ministry.
Academic Liaison: Professor Paul Trebilco -
Teaching staff
Rev Dr Kevin Ward
Paper Structure
  • Module 1 - Overview of the paper, vocabulary
  • Module 2 - Theology of culture, biblical issues and New Zealand's bicultural commitment
  • Module 3 - Migration, religion and New Zealand today
  • Module 4 - Migration and New Zealand history
  • Module 5 - Multicultural congregations
  • Module 6 - Cross-cultural connections
  • Module 7 - Worship, leadership and other topics
  • Three essays or projects (2,200 words each) 25% each
  • Online discussion of recorded interviews 15%
  • One brief report (five minutes or 500 words) 10%
Teaching Arrangements
Four videoconferences throughout the semester and a teaching day
There is no textbook for this paper. A coursebook has been developed.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate the theological issues that relate to culture and migration and critically analyse the global implications, as well as their relevance in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Critically analyse the implications of New Zealand's bicultural commitment in a multicultural society, particularly as it impacts churches and other organisations
  • Articulate the theological implications of ministry across cultures and critically analyse worldwide patterns of ministry across cultures, with particular attention to their impact in Aotearoa
  • Critically engage with options for mission and ministry in multicultural New Zealand, including the relevance of practices from other countries
  • Critically analyse practices of churches and religious organisations working in multicultural contexts in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the patterns of migration that are shaping New Zealand society and critically analyse their impact on churches and religious organisations
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the different ways the following generations in migrant communities (1.5, second, third) adapt to their new home in New Zealand and the challenges and tensions this brings for communities and churches
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the particular issues and challenges that migrants coming as refugees face and critically analyse the ways in which the church and other religious organisations have engaged with these

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Second Semester

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


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Tuesday 15:00-20:50 29