Alphacrucis College

Details for Introduction to Mission

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: MIS101
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 150
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

The paper Introduction to Mission is part of the subject area Missiology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

This unit lays a foundation for cross cultural ministry, by broadly examining cultural and lifestyle issues vital to contemporary missions.


Students should be able to:

Subject Content

  1. Overview of Biblical, Theological and Historical background of missions
  2. Anthropological insights for cross cultural ministry
  3. Cross-Cultural Communication
  4. The role and responsibility of a missionary within a missions agency
  5. The Family Unit in cross cultural ministry
  6. Understanding and managing stress

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, guided reflection, guided research.

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Forum Postings (20% 2000 words); Mission Project (30%, 1250 words); Major Essay (50%, 2000 words)

Prescribed Text

No Set text

Representative References

Bauckhman, R. Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.

Escobar, S. The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2003.

Hovey, K.G. Before All Else Fails, Read the Instructions. Brisbane: Harvest Publications, 1995.

Kraft, C.H. & Gilliand, D.S. Appropriate Christianity Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2005.

Lingenfelter, S.G. and Marvin K. Mayers,  Ministering Cross-Culturally:  An Incarnational Model of Personal Relationships.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2003.

Maeker, N.L. ‘Who will I send, and who will go for us? Currents in Theology and Missions. 30:3 (2003):205-209.

Martin, D. Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish Religion and Modernity. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

Miley, G. Loving the Church, Blessing the Nations: Pursuing the Role of Local Churches in Global Missions. Waynesboro, Ga: Gabriel Publishing, 2003.

Moreau, A.S., Corwin, G.R. & McGee, G.B. Introducing World Missions:  A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2004.

Moreau, S.A. ‘Contextualisation that is Comprehensive.’ Missiology 34:3 (2006): 325-335.

Oborji, F.A. Concepts of Mission:  The Evolution of Contemporary Missiology.  Maryknoll NY:  Orbis Books, 2006.

Popock, M. The Changing Face of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends GrandRapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

Rogers, G. A Basic Introduction to Missions and Missiology. Mission and Ministry Resources, 2006.

Rogers, G. Holistic Ministry and Cross-Cultural Mission in Luke-Acts. Mission and Minsitry Resouces, 2006.

Tiplady, R. One World or Many? The Impact of Globalisation on Missions. Pasedena: William Carey Library, 2003.

Wan, E. Christian Witness in Pluralistic Contexts in the 21stCentury. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2004.




Currents in Theology and Missions

International Bulletin of Missionary Research

Journal of Applied Missiology

Journal of Asian Missions