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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) - Master of Theology
Master's degree (2 years) - Master in Christian Education
Master's degree (2 years) - Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues
Programme of professional study - Professional Degree in Theology
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry
Examination support material permitted:List E, List F

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Written school exam2020-12-08 8. Dec 20202020-11-01 1. Nov 2020
Start time:10:00
Duration:6 hours
Release date for results: 6. Jan 2021
Written school exam – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2021-01-20 20. Jan 20212021-01-10 10. Jan 2021
Start time:09:00
Duration:6 hours
Release date for results:10. Feb 2021

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

As a result of the corona situation there may be changes in the assessment forms (course requirements and / or exam) spring semester 2020. Any changes will be announced in the relevant Canvas-room. All students must stay continuously updated on these changes.
  • 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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  • Duraisingh, C. (2010). From Church-shaped mission to mission-shaped Church. Anglican theological review, 92(1), p. 7-28. Library. Hentet fra
  • Elton, T. M. (2013). Mergers and possibilities: The intersection of missiology and youth ministry. Missiology: An international review, 41(1), p. 62-73. Library. Hentet fra
  • Goheen, M. W. (2014). Introducing Christian mission today: Scripture, history and issues (p. 15-224). Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic. Library. Hentet fra
  • Lings, G. (2017). Encountering the day of small things (p. 4-35). Sheffield: Church Army.. Hentet fra
  • Martin, R. K. (2019). New ways of being Church: The promise of fresh expressions. International Journal of Practical Theology, 23(2), p. 287-305. Library. Hentet fra
  • Miller-McLemore, B. J. (Ed.) (2012). The Wiley-Blackwell companion to practical theology (p. 422-431, 463-554, ). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Library
  • 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
  • Walton, R. L. (2012). The reflective disciple: Learning to live as faithful followers of Jesus in the twenty-first century. London: SCM Press. Library
  • Weber, S. (2017). Decolonising youth ministry models?: Challenges and opportunities in Africa. HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 73(4), e1-e10. Library. Hentet fra

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