Approaches to Mission Studies
The course introduces students to the broad subject of mission studies and the understanding of issues related to the mission of the church. In particular it will lead to a deeper understanding about the biblical basis of the mission of the church, about the historical development of Christian mission, about contemporary challenges that the mission of the churches faces, about patterns of mission today, about contextualization, more particularly about mission in the context of Hong Kong and China.
This course will not have one specific handbook that it follows. However, students may get themselves acquainted with some of the areas that the course will cover by reading one of the following books:
- Dana L. Robert, Christian Mission. How Christianity Became a World Religion, Chichester, U.K. and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
- Stephen Bevans, Models of Contextual Theology, New York: Orbis, 2002 (revised and expanded edition)
- Bosch, David J.: Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission, New York, Orbis, 1991 (also available in Chinese), 349-520 (chapters 10 to 12) (also available in Chinese)
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