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TEOL1610: Introduction to Contemporary Mission Studies

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Person responsible for the course:Marion Grau (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Autumn
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry
Examination support material permitted:List F 2

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Written school exam2021-12-02 2. Dec 20212021-11-01 1. Nov 2021
Start time:09:00
Duration:4 hours
Release date for results:22. Dec 2021

General information

This course will introduce the students to the major issues in the study of the church in mission in the contemporary world. It will provide an understanding of the religious, social, cultural, and contextual challenges facing the worldwide church, with a special emphasis on the situation in the global south.

Course requirements

The requirements for receiving a final assessment are:
  • Attend 60% of the lectures 
  • Submit and have approve at least 8 reading responses submitted in advance of the class session via Canvas
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Final assessment

The final assessment for this course is based on one written exam (4 hours). The course and final exam will be graded A-F.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • good knowledge of the main issues in contemporary missiology (theological basis for mission; missional church; contextualization; the church's encounter with world religions; and social and political issues)
  • knowledge of the worldwide church with an emphasis on the global south
  • knowledge of mission in the Bible
  • knowledge of the relationship between mission and globalization
The student can:
  • discuss the concept of Christian mission
  • evaluate different views and practices of mission
  • relate open and critical to various expression of global Christianity


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:

  • Beda Venerabilis, . & Holder, A. G. (2011). On the Song of Songs and selected writings (p. 281-322). New York: Paulist Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Engelsviken, T., Lundeby, E. & Solheim, D. (Ed.) (2011). The church going glocal: Mission and globalisation: Proceedings of the Fjellhaug Symposium 2010 (p. 51-73). Oxford: Regnum Books. Library (Compendium)
  • Jenkins, P. (2015). The present and future of world Christianity. Norsk tidsskrift for misjonsvitenskap, (2), p. 67-83. Library. Hentet fra
  • Kaoma, K. (2019). The Chishinga and Ushi Ecological Kinship: Revisiting Mukowa and Mushi Concepts in Earth and Human Interactions. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 164, p. 61-79. Library. Hentet fra
  • Kim, S. C. H. & Kim, K. (2016). Christianity as a world religion: An introduction (2. ed.). London: Bloomsbury. Library /9781472569349
  • Kwiyani, H. (2020). Mission after George Floyd: On white supremacy, colonialism and world Christianity. Anvil: Journal of theology and mission, 36(3). Hentet fra
  • 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
  • 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. (2013). Beyond Sectarianism: The Missional Church in a Post-Christendom Society. Missiology: An international review, 41(4), p. 462-475. Library. Hentet fra
  • Nwankwo, L. N. (2020). Ransomed by money?: Toward an African constructive theology. I M. Grau & J. A. Wyman (Ed.), What is constructive theology?: Histories, methodologies, and perspectives (p. 191-211). London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark. Library (Compendium)
  • 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
  • Rieger, J. (2004). Theology and mission between neocolonialism and postcolonialism. Mission Studies, 21(2), p. 201-227. Library/1573-3831. Hentet fra
  • Ross, C. (2016). Mission. I M. D. Chapman, S. Clarke & M. Percy (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of anglican studies (p. 504-516). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Sugirtharajah, R. S. (2005). The Bible and empire: Postcolonial explorations (p. 145-191). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Library. Hentet fra
  • Thompson, D. (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. Hentet fra
  • Vähäkangas, M. (2021). World Christianity and postcolonialising of theology. I S. Bergmann & M. Vähäkangas (Ed.), Contextual theology: Skills and practices of liberating faith (p. 221-237). London: Routledge. Library (Compendium)
  • World Council of Churches, . Together towards life: Mission and evangelism in changing landscapes. Hentet 2021.08.12 fra

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