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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 Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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PAST 321
May not be credited together with PAST 308 or MINS 405 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.
Academic Liaison: Associate Professor Chris Holmes (
Teaching staff
Dr Rosemary Dewerse
Paper Structure
This paper will cover six modules:
  • A missional God
  • Call and Blessing
  • Liberation
  • Living as the people of God
  • Diaspora
  • Reconciliation
  • Two 3,000-word essays (35% each) and an online group wiki assignment (30%)
Teaching Arrangements
  • Five 2-hour videoconference sessions using Zoom
  • A teaching day held in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin (you need only attend the one nearest to you)
There is no textbook for this paper. A coursebook has been developed.
Course outline
View the course outline for MINS 413
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 and evaluate a missional hermeneutic to discuss scriptural texts critically.
  2. Examine key themes of resonance and disjunction with communal experience, critically evaluating their impact.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Be able to articulate the components of learning about the missional God and missional people that might be helpful to an existing community.

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Not offered in 2020

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