THL438 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics (8)

This subject introduces the study of Christian mission, evangelism and apologetics. It explores the historical, biblical and theological perspectives on these themes. Particular focus is given to the relationship between the gospel and culture, and recent discussion regarding the missional nature of the church. Attention is also given to issues relating to the practice of mission, evangelism and apologetics.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
United Theological College
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL438. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed THL238 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics or THL123.

Subject Relationships

THL238 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

THL123, THL238

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the variety of definitions of mission, evangelism and apologetics, including their interrelationship;
  • be able to evaluate critically the changes of understanding in mission, evangelism and apologetics that have occurred throughout the history of the church;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the various biblical and theological perspectives on mission, evangelism and apologetics;
  • be able to engage critically with recent discussions on the relationship between gospel and culture, power and gender;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of issues relating to the contemporary practice of mission, evangelism and apologetics: e.g. 'missional' church; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Definitions and inter-relationships of mission, evangelism and apologetics
  • History and paradigms of Christian mission
  • The Biblical narrative in Missio Dei
  • Theological issues in Atonement, Other Religions, Eco-Missiology
  • Analysis of contextualization theory without syncretism
  • Some strategies in local mission
  • New forms of the 'missional church'
  • Issues in Missional Leadership such as teamwork, tentmaking, abuse, gender, capacity for authenticity and encouragement

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL438 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short paper
Major essay

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school for this introductory subject provides an orientation to the subject matter, methodology, library resources, and research tools pertaining to the study of mission, evangelism and apologetics.

Activities include lectures, library orientation and group work.

Special Resources

Online students who choose to attend the optional residential school in Canberra will need to arrange and cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.