EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION AT MISSIONAL UNIVERSITY

A New Paradigm in Christian Higher Education

The comparison chart of the approaches of Christian Liberal Arts Universities, Bible Colleges, Seminaries, and Missional University is a generalized overview of the contrast between these approaches.  The modifications and hybrids of some institutions are not represented in the chart.


CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

LIBERAL ARTS 
EDUCATION


Primary Educational Purpose
Train Students for
Secular Careers from
a Christian Perspective


Philosophical Foundation
Every Christian should
Live Life with a 
Christian Worldview


Educational Framework
Christian Worldview
 


Core Faculty to  Support
Educational Framework 
Christian Philosophy &
Humanities Faculty


Central Focus
Christian
Worldview Studies  


Role of Bible/Theology Faculty
Teach Core Religion Courses 
Teach Religion Studies
Teach Christian Ministry
Studies


Types of Programs
Majors related to
Secular Careers



 
Role of Liberal Arts
Major Role for
“Well Rounded Education” 


Educational Level
Undergraduate and
Graduate and
Doctoral Programs

  

Typical Degree Programs

Associate of Arts
Associate of Science

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science

Master of Arts
Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Professional Doctoral Degrees

















 

 

 

 


EXAMPLES OF
CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
LIBERAL ARTS
EDUCATION

Asbury University
Biola University
Chapman University
John Brown University
Liberty University
Pepperdine University
Samford University
St. Olaf College
Taylor University
Wheaton College
Whitworth University
Union University


HISTORIC CHRISTIAN

BIBLE COLLEGE
EDUCATION


Primary Educational Purpose
Teach Students the Bible and
prepare for Lay & Clergy roles
in the Institutional Church


Philosophical Foundation
Christians should
Study the Bible and
Prepare to Serve in
Institutional Church Programs


Educational Framework
Study of the Bible



Core Faculty to  Support
Educational Framework 
Biblical Studies
Faculty


Central Focus
Biblical
Studies


Role of Bible/Theology Faculty

Teach Bible Survey Courses 
Teach Bible Book Studies
Teach Systematic Theology


Types of Programs

Majors related to
Bible and
Church-based
Ministry


Role of Liberal Arts
Major Role Mandated
by Accreditation Agencies


Educational Level
Undergraduate Levels:
Associate & Bachelor
Programs


Typical Degree Programs

Associate of Applied Sciences
Associate of Arts
Associate of Biblical Studies
Associate of Ministry

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Ministry
Bachelor of Religious Studies
Bachelor of Science
















 

 

 

 

 

 


EXAMPLES OF
CHRISTIAN

BIBLE COLLEGE
EDUCATION

Beulah Heights University
Cairn University
Central Christian College of Bible
Clear Creek Baptist Bible College
Columbia International University

Kings University (TX)
Lancaster Bible College
Lincoln Christian University
Moody Bible Institute
Nazarene Bible College
Ohio Christian University
Tyndale University College


THEOLOGICAL

SEMINARY 
EDUCATION


Primary Educational Purpose
Prepare Students for
Clergy Roles in the 
Institutional Church


Philosophical Foundation 
Christians should Follow
God’s Calling to
Serve in Clergy or
Missionary Roles


Educational Framework
Theological Positions and
Church & Mission
Clergy Leadership


Core Faculty to  Support
Educational Framework 
Theology
Faculty


Central Focus
Theological
Studies


Role of Bible/Theology Faculty

Teach Greek & Hebrew
Teach Biblical & Theological
Studies from a Specific
Doctrinal Position


Types of Programs

Majors related to
Clergy Roles




Role of Liberal Arts

Minor or Non-Existent
Role


Educational Level
Graduate levels:
Master’s & Doctoral
Programs


Typical Degree Programs

MA in Biblical Studies
MA in Theological Studies

Master of Christian Counseling
Master of Communciation
Master of Intercultural Studies
Master of Religious Education

Master of Divinity
Master of Missiology
Master of Theology

Doctor of Ministry
Doctor of Missiology

Doctor of Philosophy





 

 

 

 








 


EXAMPLES OF
THEOLOGICAL

SEMINARY 
EDUCATION

Asbury Theological Seminary
Ashland Theological Seminary
Biblical Seminary
Concordia Theological Seminary
Covenant Theological Seminary

Denver Seminary
George Truett Seminary
Gordon-Conwell Seminary
Princeton Theological Seminary
Southern Seminary
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Westminster Seminary


MISSIONAL UNIVERSITY
MISSIONAL MINISTRY
EDUCATION


Primary Educational Purpose
Prepare Students for

Missional Roles in the
Mission of God in the World


Philosophical Foundation
Every Christian is Called
to Missional Ministry thru
joining the Mission of God
in Their Community


Educational Framework
Missiology (study of the 
Mission of God in the World)
& Missional Theology


Core Faculty to Support
Educational Framework 
Missiology
Faculty


Central Focus
Study of Culture,
Context & Mission


Role of Bible/Theology Faculty
Teach Missional Theology &
Biblical, Contextual, Moral &
Social, & Eco Theologies to Support
Specific Degree Programs


Types of Programs
Majors related to
Missional Ministry in
Faith-based Organizations
and Community Service
at Points of Human Need


Role of Liberal Arts
Major Role of
Social Science Correlated
with Degree Programs


Educational Level
Undergraduate and
Graduate Levels;
Professional Doctoral 
Programs in the Future


Degree Programs

Associate of Intercultural Studies
Associate of Religion
Associate of Ministry
Associate of Community Ministry
Associate of Communications
Associate of Worship Studies
Associate of Ecomissiology
Associate of Theological Studies

Bachelor of Intercultural Studies
Bachelor of Religion
Bachelor of Ministry
Bachelor of International Business Mission
Bachelor of Community Ministry
Bachelor of Communications
Bachelor of Worship Studies
Bachelor of Ecological Mission
Bachelor of Global Healthcare Mission
Bachelor of Theological Studies

Master of Intercultural Studies
Master of Religion
Master of Ministry
Master of International Business Mission
Master of Community Ministry
Master of Communications
Master of Ecological Mission
Master of Global Healthcare Mission
Master of Theological Studies 
Master of Divinity

Professional Doctoral Programs
in the Future


EXAMPLE OF
NEW PARADIGM OF

MISSIONAL MINISTRY
EDUCATION

Missional University