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PAST321 Missional God, Missional People

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 Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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.

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 2,500-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

View the course outlines for PAST321

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 scriptural themes, considering their resonance and disjunction with communal experience, critically evaluating their potential for affirming and/or correcting practice.
  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 cultural or subcultural context, offering a rationale and resources to enable others to be missional people in their location.

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Semester 1

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