Bachelor Certificate in Missional Praxis
The Bachelor Certificate is at the upper-undergraduate level and requires 42 hours of college-level credit prior to enrolling.
Jesus sends all of his followers into the world to serve in the mission of God. Christian believers have the privilege of joining that mission – working alongside God in his work in our world. And God designed each of us for a unique mission to impact those around us. But how can we know what our mission is and how can we understand what God is calling us to do?
Upon completing the Bachelor Certificate in Missional Praxis, you will be able to discern God at work in your neighborhood and community and have the skills and resources to follow Jesus into your world as a messenger of hope, healing, restoration, and renewal.
The Bachelor Certificate in Missional Praxis answers five questions:
• What is the mission of God in our world, and what is my role in it?
• How do I grow spiritually, help other Christians to grow spiritually, and join other believers in engaging my community?
• How do I share my faith in a conversational, non-confrontational way?
• How do I equip my family to embody the message and image of Jesus in my community?
• How do I live out my unique calling from God and equip other believers to do the same?
The certificate consists of 15 credit hours. It may be completed in as little as 10 months (during 5 eight week academic terms) or may be spread out over 24 months.
Examines the biblical-theological foundations of God's plan for global redemption throughout the Old and New Testament. The student will explore the eternal purpose of God for humanity, the state of those who have not heard the gospel, and the application of the missional mandate to various cultures. Read more
This course explores the spiritual dimension of missional engagement in the post-Christendom world. Students will create a personal spiritual development (or soul care) plan for their selves, their team and engaging a wider community. Resources will include readings, video interviews with practitioners, creative spiritual practices, and the development of a spiritual development plan. Read more
This class will enable you to develop an ethnographic approach to understanding the worldviews of non-Christians. You will create an ethnography based on personal interviews focused on a specific cultural group you wish to explore. This ethnography will lead to a variety of approaches for sharing your faith in the context of diverse 21st century cultures. The study of a conversational method will enable you to customize your approach based on the worldview of your audience. Read more
When God started his narrative of redemption for humanity through Israel, he called Abram and his family and put them on mission together. The goal of this course is to provide the framework of how God is continuing to use the family as a primary community to embody his message and image to local neighborhoods. Read more
So what is the essence of following Jesus into the world? Since Jesus has sent each of us to join in serving in the mission of God, how do each of us uniquely live that out, and how do we equip other believers to do the same? The course engages the topic around the biblical themes of redemption, reconciliation, restoration, and renewal. Students move beyond a one-sided, soul-centered gospel to living out faith in context -- growing as a culture maker in the image of Christ while being a disciple-maker. Mission-shaped disciplemaking embraces the new life for all creation that Jesus brings -- restoring the environment, renewing cultures and remaking peoples by offering healing and hope. Read more