Exploring Mission is about discipleship. It is designed to connect you to God’s global vision, and to help you find your place in it. Everybody has a role in this story. 

Exploring Mission recognises that you are already living, learning and working in intercultural contexts. It’s a lived experience. We also recognise that our world is rapidly changing and therefore intercultural mission must keep pace. An outdated approach to global mission simply will not cut it! 


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The Basics

The Exploring Mission course is a 5-unit pathway engaging key areas of theology, mission, context, culture and the Gospel.

It begins on Mon 6 June, 2022, from 7.30 – 9.00pm (AEDT / AEST). See the full schedule under the How does Exploring Mission Work? dropdown. 

Exploring Mission is online and in-person and can be completed in as little as a year. Or you can find your own pace and select units as you have capacity. 

Exploring Mission is a non-award course. Participants who successfully complete all units will receive an internal certificate from Baptist Mission Australia.

Financial Cost
You may consider asking your church to contribute to the cost of Exploring Mission.
  • $400 for the full course or $100 per unit* 
  • [Group Registration] $300 for the full course for groups of five or more
*there is no cost for the Mission in Practice unit.

Who is Exploring Mission for?

Exploring Mission is for anyone who wants to explore questions such as:
  • What is God doing in the world? 
  • What is my role in God’s mission? 
  • What does intercultural mission in Australia look like?
  • Where is God calling me now? 
  • How can I be trained and equipped for what God has for me in the future?
Exploring Mission is for people who want to understand and support global missions, for people considering becoming intercultural workers in the future, and for anyone who wants to better engage in intercultural ministry in their local neighbourhoods and suburbs. 

Exploring Mission is facilitated by Baptist Mission Australia, the global mission arm of the Australian Baptist church. These are the foundations for Baptist Mission Australia's ministry:

What We See
Vibrant faith communities following Jesus in their own distinctive ways

Why
Because nothing matters more than sharing God’s love for the world

How
Through Spirit-led people and mission partners, humbly contextualising the good news of Jesus in every place 

The Content

Exploring Mission is online and in-person and can be completed in as little as a year. Or you can find your own pace and select units as you have capacity. 
 

unit 2: World Christianity

Key Topics:
  • Christianity in Africa
  • Christianity across Europe
  • Australia and Christianity 
  • Mission Now
Delivery:
  • Online for 6 x Monday nights 
  • 1.5 hours per week 
  • Hub meet-up at the end of the 6 weeks 

Unit 3: The Biblical Arc of Mission 

Key Topics:
  • Creation and God’s Mission 
  • The Kingdom of God in the Old Testament
  • How Christ Changes Everything
  • The Church in Mission
Delivery:
  • Online for 6 x Monday nights 
  • 1.5 hours per week 
  • Hub meet-up at the end of the 6 weeks   

Unit 4: Culture and Context

Key Topics:
  • CQ101
  • Integral Mission
  • Context and Innovation
  • Contextualisation
Delivery:
  • Two 1.5 hour Monday evening sessions
  • One 3.5 hour Saturday session  

Unit 5: Mission in Practice

Delivery:
  • Placement or Global Xplore(s) 
  • Online briefing and debriefing  
  • Offered in June and November 

How does Exploring Mission Work? 

Online meetings will be held on Monday nights from 7:30- 9:00pm Eastern Time (AEST / AEDT). 
 
Key Dates for Units:
  • [Unit 2] World Christianity runs from Mon 6 June 2022 to Mon 11 July
  • [Unit 3] The Biblical Arc of Mission runs from Mon 1 Aug 2022 to Mon 5 Sept
  • [Unit 4] Culture and Context 
    • Session 1: Mon 17 October, 7:30pm-9:00pm AEDT
    • Session 2: Sat 22 October, 10:00am-1:30pm AEDT
    • Session 3: Mon 24 Oct, 7:30pm-9:00pm AEDT
  • [Unit 5] Mission in Practice is a guided placement in your church, community or city. You can choose to complete this unit in June 2022 or Nov 2022. 
Please note that Mentoring or Spiritual Direction is recommended, especially for the Spiritual Formation for Mission Unit. 
 
Exploring Mission participants will be invited to join a small number of optional events each year, such as:
  • Dinner with Baptist Mission Australia intercultural workers 
  • Discernment Weekend
  • Conferences 

Questions? Contact Pip Miner, Baptist Mission Australia Mission Mobiliser, on pminer@globalinteraction.org.au or 02 9868 9250.