THL230 Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia (8)

This subject explores methods and selected themes relating to the practice of cross cultural ministry in the Australian context. It assesses issues relating to understanding and appreciating the challenges and opportunities which arise in multicultural and cross cultural ministry settings. It enables students to become more familiar with critical issues relating to ministry and mission in multicultural contexts, with both theoretical understanding of cross cultural dynamics and practical skills in cross cultural relationships.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 subject THL486.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge equivalent to or studied THL115 and THL120 and THL113.

Subject Relationships

THL486 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a range of cross cultural issues;
  • be able to evaluate critically a range of models for doing cross cultural theology;
  • be able to articulate and analyse critically the role of ministry in building inclusive communities;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing Australia as a nation of cultural and ethnic diversity;
  • be able to articulate and evaluate critically the understanding and practice of multicultural ministry within the Australian churches; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including sound research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The cross cultural imperative in contemporary Australian society
  • The changing cross cultural context of local neighbourhoods
  • Developing multicultural congregations in Australia
  • Models of cross cultural ministry in the Australian churches
  • Cross cultural worship in Australia
  • Cross cultural pastoral care in Australia
  • Conflict resolution and cross cultural dynamics
  • Funerals in cross cultural settings
  • Cross cultural readings of the Hebrew Bible
  • Cross cultural readings of the New Testament
  • Developing a cross cultural theology for the practice of ministry in contemporary Australian society

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.