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TEOL5610: Changing Mission - Main Issues in Missiology

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Person responsible for the course:Jeppe Bach Nikolajsen (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Autumn
Study programme:Master's degree (2 years) - Religion, Society and Global Issues
Master's degree (2 years) - Christian Education
Master's degree (2 years) - Diaconia
Master's degree (2 years) - Theology
Programme of professional study - Professional Degree in Theology and Ministry
Programme of professional study - Professional Degree in Theology
Department:Department of Theology and History
Examination support material permitted:List E, List F

General information

This course will focus on the main issues of missiology. The different paradigms of missiology from Biblical times until the present will be analyzed and evaluated with the aim of meeting the challenges that face the church in the present missionary situation. This will include the theological basis of mission, missional ecclesiology, the relationship of mission to other religions and to spiritual conflict, contextualization, ecumenism, eschatology and the social responsibility of mission with regard to poverty, peace and liberation,. One will discuss the answers that are given within the large Christian traditions; the Orthodox, the Catholic, the Protestant Ecumenical, the Evangelical and the Pentecostal. The aim is to develop a mission theology which is both based on the Bible and relevant in the contemporary global context.

Overlapping courses

Parts of TEOL5610 Changing Mission - Main Issues in Missiology overlap with the former MV602 Introduction to Missiology. Because of this overlap, students who have already completed MV602 will receive 5 credit points (ECTS) for TEOL5610 on their transcript of records or diploma.

Course requirements

  • a book report of approximately 2000 words to be handed in by a set deadline
  • take part in a minimum of 75% of the lectures
  • participate in the evaluation of the curriculum and/or of the learning environment, if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).

Final assessment

To gain credit for the course the student must fulfil the requirement, and then sit for a written examination (6 hours). The written examination is assessed with a grade (A-F).
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfil the course requirements within the fixed deadline. When course requirements are not fulfilled this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).

Course objective and content

The studen has:
  • thorough knowledge of the theological basis for mission.
  • thorough knowledge of how the church in its different confessional traditions down through history has understood and practised its missionary obligation.
  • thorough knowledge of different mission paradigms and the main issues in mission theology.
  • thorough knowledge of the main factors in church and society that have influenced the mission theology and practice of the church.
The student can:
  • deal critically with various historical and contemporary sources within missiology in order to formulate arguments.
  • utilize existing theories in the field and apply them on theoretical and practical problems.
  • discuss critically main issues in missiology.
  • contribute to the on-going development of a missiology for our time.
The student can:
  • analyze historical and contemporary missiological problems.
  • master terminology of the field of missiology and to communicate about main issues in missiology.
  • communicate about main missiological issues, both with specialists and the general public.
  • contribute to new thinking in the field of missiology.


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  • Clarke, S. (2012). The task, method and content of Asian theologies. I P. Rajkumar (Ed.), Asian theology on the way: Christianity, culture and context (p. 3-22). London: SPCK. Library
  • Draper, J. (2000). The Bishop and the Bricoleur: Bishop John William Colenso's Commentary on Romans and Magema Kamagwaza Fuze's The Black People and Whence they Came. I G. O. West & M. W. Dube Shomanah (Ed.), The Bible in Africa: Transactions, trajectories, and trends (p. 415-454). Leiden: Brill. Library (Compendium)
  • Goheen, M. W. (2014). Introducing Christian mission today: Scripture, history and issues (p. 15-224). Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic. Library
  • Grau, M. (2011). Rethinking mission in the postcolony: Salvation, society and subversion (VI-135, 206-289). London: T & T Clark. Library. Hentet fra
  • Kärkkäinen, V.-M. (2013). Spirit(s) in Contemporary Christian Theology: An Interim Report of the Unbinding of Pneumatology. I V.-M. Kärkkäinen, K. Kim & A. Yong (Ed.), Interdisciplinary and Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-Filled World: Loosing the Spirits (p. 29-53). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Library (Compendium)
  • Lienemann-Perrin, C. (2004). The biblical foundations for a feminist and participatory theology of mission. International review of mission, 93(368), p. 17-34. Library. Hentet fra
  • Lindenfeld, D. F. & Richardson, M. (Ed.) (2012). Beyond conversion and syncretism: Indigenous encounters with missionary Christianity, 1800-2000 (p. 51-77, 243-298). New York: Berghahn Books. Library. Hentet fra
  • Longchar, W. (2012). Indigenous theology in Asia: Issues and perspectives. I P. Rajkumar (Ed.), Asian theology on the way: Christianity, culture and context (p. 83-96). London: SPCK. Library
  • Meyer, B. (2002). Christianity and the Ewe nation: German Pietist missionaries, Ewe converts and the politics of culture. Journal of Religion in Africa, 32(2), p. 167-199. Library. Hentet fra
  • Nikolajsen, J. B. (2015). The distinctive identity of the Church: A constructive study of the post-Christendom theologies of Lesslie Newbigin and John Howard Yoder (p. 3-193). Eugene, Or.: Pickwick Publications. Library
  • Phan, P. C. (2008). World Christianity and Christian mission: Are they compatible? Insights from the Asian churches. International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 32(4), p. 193-200. Library. Hentet fra
  • Pui-lan, K. (2012). Postcolonial Asian feminist theologies. I P. Rajkumar (Ed.), Asian theology on the way: Christianity, culture and context (p. 41-47). London: SPCK. Library
  • Rajkumar, P. (2012). Dalit Theology: The Untouched touching theology. I P. Rajkumar (Ed.), Asian theology on the way: Christianity, culture and context (p. 132-141). London: SPCK. Library
  • Rieger, J. (2004). Theology and mission between neocolonialism and postcolonialism. Mission Studies, 21(2), p. 201-227. Library. Hentet fra
  • Sugirtharajah, R. S. (2005). The Bible and empire: Postcolonial explorations (p. 145-191). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Thompson, D. M. (2008). Introduction: Mapping Asian Christianity in the Context of World Christianity. I S. C. H. Kim (Ed.), Christian theology in Asia (p. 3-21). New York: Cambridge University Press. Library (Compendium)

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