Sec 1: General Information
Mission, Vision and Values
To prepare biblically-grounded, missional leaders who join the mission of God in diverse communities by incarnating the gospel with culturally-appropriate ministry skills while seeking the spiritual transformation of people and communities that connects all peoples to God in worship in their own heart language.
Explore the Uniqueness of Missional University
We strive to deliver quality missional and ministry training designed within the framework of our core values. Each course and program incorporates these core values. The uniqueness of Missional University can be summarized in these six distinctives:
For Missional University, the scriptures are the foundation for both faith and practice. This means that we don’t just study the text to memorize basic bible truths and learn systematic theology. Instead we study the text to learn how it speaks to us within our cultural context and informs our ministry and missional practices. We value a missional perspective of the Bible that provides the theological framework for missional and ministry practice in light of the cultural context of both the scripture and community cultural groups. Each course and program builds on the implications of a theology of mission. The mission of God encompasses all of creation to which God draws all things unto himself. Practicing biblical shalom (peace) in cultural context embraces demonstrating God’s love and care for all things as we participate in God’s mission to redeem all things to himself.
Missional University is driven by the concept that Christian believers should become part of the missio dei — the mission of God in this world. We desire to join in with God where he is at work — in our homes and communities — so that we may see the spiritual transformation of people and communities. We value a missiological understanding of the missio dei that enables believers to discern where God is at work among peoples in the community and join in God’s mission in the world. Each course and program identifies implications of the missio dei in relation to its missional and ministry practice.
Missional University celebrates the cultural diversity that exists in this world as a reflection of the creative nature of the image of God in humanity. We desire that all peoples would have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We desire that Christian believers learn how to express their faith in their own social context in culturally-appropriate ways. We desire that Christian believers learn how to interact with culturally different peoples in grace-filled, appropriate ways. We value embracing diverse cultures and fostering authentic, culturally-appropriate faith expressions. Each course and program embraces culturally-appropriate missional relationships and communication.
Missional University encourages students to be exposed to demographic, psychographic, and sociographic data for their local communities to enable them to develop missional ministry approaches for their local contexts through roles in faith-based organizations and in occupations where they engage people at their point of need. We value various forms of cultural research that inform both the student’s understanding of the sociocultural contexts within their communities and their own missional and ministry practice. Whatever messages we share and methods we employ must be “contextualized” for the audience to whom we are communicating and serving. Each course and program should incorporate contextual information as foundational for the delivery of missional and ministry messages.
While theory that underlies missional practice is important, the practical understanding of doing missional ministry is the central focus of the Missional University. Missional ministry skill development enhances the student’s usefulness in missional ministries in the neighborhood, community, and the world. The scope of missional ministry includes both addressing spiritual issues with the words of the gospel and a wide range of deeds of compassion, mercy and justice that address personal and social issues. We value missional and ministry skill development that enhances the personal giftedness of each student and prepares them for their unique missional and ministry role in the community and congregation. Each course and program enhances the personal effectiveness of missional ministry functions.
Integrated throughout all of the training at the Missional University is an experiential orientation with a heavy dose of “field practice” where concepts that are discussed in class are lived out in the real world. Reflection, integration and collaboration flow out of the relationships that are formed between students and faculty. This experiential learning has transformative power to equip students with ministry and missional skills. We value theological and missional reflection conducted within a community of missional and ministry practice that informs and interprets those experiences. Each course and program interprets missional and ministry practice by reflecting biblically, theologically and missionally.
Faith Statement of Missional University
The board of directors, administration, faculty and staff adhere to the doctrinal statement set forth by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization known as the Lausanne Covenant, a movement started by Billy Graham and John Stott in 1973.
We, the board of directors, faculty and staff of the schools of the Missional University, and members of the Church of Jesus Christ, praise God for his great salvation and rejoice in the fellowship he has given us with himself and with each other. We are deeply stirred by what God is doing in our day, moved to penitence by our failures and challenged by the unfinished task of evangelization. We believe the Gospel is God’s good news for the whole world, and we are determined by his grace to obey Christ’s commission to proclaim it to all humankind and to make disciples of every nation. We desire, therefore, to affirm our faith and our resolve, and to make public our covenant. For more information
Ethos Statement of Missional University
We, the trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students embrace global service in the mission of God as an evangelical community that stands within the tradition of Christian orthodoxy and pledge our energies and resources to furthering the kingdom of God across the world.
We gladly take up the mantle of the early missionary pioneer, William Carey, who together with his colleagues drafted the Serampore Covenant to guide the development of their Christian mission in 1805 Serampore, India. We covenant together to embrace ways of living in keeping with the spirit and intent of this missionary document. For more information
Organization and Administration
This section provides an overview of the organization and administration of the university including legal authorization, accreditation, ownership and governance, leadership team, foundation and general counsel.
Missional University is a higher education institution that claims a religious exemption from oversight by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Institution License Act of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. All programs at Missional University lead to professional degrees to prepare graduates for service in various types of ministry in the mission of God in the world through faith-based organizations and community service. All programs support theological content and objectives clearly laid out in the Missional Competency Framework that is integrated into every course and program.
Missional University maintains a list of exemptions from state licensure in most of the states in the United States. The university has an international presence with faculty and students from around the globe.
Since we expect a formal launch of the Missional University in August 2018, Missional University is currently not accredited — nor can be for at least four to six years after launch which is the normal accreditation process time frame. Thus, as a grassroots training institution designed to equip missional leaders (volunteer, bivocational and vocational; paid and unpaid), the Missional University is currently not accredited.
However, all of our faculty have advanced degrees from accredited institutions and have experience in their fields. During course development, each professor is guided by our Dean of Online Education and submits their course to a faculty peer-review process. This process ensures measurable standards of excellence in course design are met or exceeded. We provide students with both transcripts and other documentation for them to use that validates the quality of their courses as they submit their work for transfer credit at another institution. As we develop articulation agreements with a select number of colleges and universities to facilitate transfer credit, a link to that information will be posted on our main site.
In the future we plan to become accredited. We are exploring our choices for regional accreditation, national faith-related accreditation, and other national accreditation agencies. Once we begin working through that process we will update our main site to reflect our current stage.
Ownership and Governance
Missional University is the division of the Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry (IICM) that provides grassroots missional and theological training. IICM is a non-profit, religious organization chartered in the state of South Carolina and has 501(c)3 tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service. The university adheres to a model of shared governance. Shared governance is a collegial ethos and inclusive process that allows all constituencies of our community to participate meaningfully in the University’s strategic and operational decisions. The operant assumption of shared governance is that each of these constituencies—faculty, administration, staff, students, trustees and alumni—bring unique and valuable perspectives to the deliberative decision process. Shared governance signals our institutional commitment to create and follow policies and procedures that facilitate inclusive decision-making. Successful shared governance ensures that University constituencies have voice in, and influence on, the decisions that affect them.
The Board of Directors has the full and complete management and control of Missional University and its affairs, and on behalf of the university authorizes and empowers the doing of all acts that the university may lawfully do. The Board of Directors, as the legal body responsible for the institution, has the duty and authority to approve and ensure that the mission of the Institution is implemented. The Board of Directors ensures Missional University is free from undue influence of external bodies and protects MU from such undue influence. The Board of Trustees is the active policy-making body for the Institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the Institution are adequate and sufficiently stable to provide a sound educational program. The Board of Directors exercises its governing policy-making function through the adoption of Board policy. Board policy is a policy that has broad application throughout MU, states MU position on a subject matter, and directly affects and enhances the mission of MU. Some Board policy may also help achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations or reduce institutional risk. The Board of Directors holds the President and his administration accountable for implementation of Board policy, including personnel matters. In furtherance of the foregoing, the Board of Directors has the authority to adopt such Bylaws and pass such resolutions consistent with the purposes as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. The Chairman of the Board of Directors and a majority of the other voting members of the Board of Directors have no contractual employment, personal, familial, or financial interest in MU.
The Executive Leadership Team of Missional University consists of the President, the Chief Academic Officer (Provost), the Chief Operations Officer, the Chief Marketing Officer, the Chief Development Officer, and the University Chaplain.
Missional University Foundation
The Board of Directors has voted to establish the Missional University Foundation as a corollary institution to support the endeavors of Missional University.
General Counsel for Missional University will be announced in the near future.