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MINS413 Missional God, Missional People (Advanced)

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 (Advanced)
Paper code MINS413
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PAST 321
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.

Dr Lynne Taylor

Teaching staff

Dr Lynne Taylor

Paper Structure

The paper will cover eight modules (including the introduction)

  1. Introductions and Course Overview
  2. A Missional God
  3. Call and Blessing
  4. Liberation
  5. Living as the People of God
  6. Pneumatology
  7. Diaspora
  8. Reconciliation


  • Two 3,000-word essays (35% each)
  • Research project (30%)
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

A teaching day, an introductory one-hour videoconference and six two-hour videoconferences on Zoom during the semester. Recordings will be available on Blackboard for students who cannot attend the teaching day live.


There is no compulsory textbook for this paper.

Course outline

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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:

  • Employ and evaluate a missional hermeneutic to discuss scriptural texts critically.
  • Examine key scriptural themes, considering their resonance and disjunction with communal experience, critically evaluating their potential for affirming and/or correcting practice.
  • Give a critical and comprehensive account of evidence for ways in the biblical narrative that individuals and communities have wrestled with and become missional people.
  • Apply a theme into a named cultural or subcultural context, offering a rationale and resources to enable others to be missional people in their location, and critically evaluate this application to a new context.
  • Articulate the components of learning about the missional God and missional people that might be helpful to an existing community.

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Semester 1

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