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About the Department

The Department of Missional Congregations takes the student from the biblical and theological foundations for congregational development through the diversity of ethnic, generational, religious, and geographic contexts and challenges congregational leaders and church planters face.

A highly experienced international faculty with both academic and practical experience guides each student through this journey of greater Biblical, cultural and contextual comprehension, personal transformation, and practical missional fruitfulness.

 

Areas of Study

The Department of Missional Congregations offers students a variety of courses, including:

  • Missional Congregational Development:  prepares students to lead the revitalization of churches to become missional congregations and to lead the missional efforts of missional congregations.
  • The Church Planting Team:  prepares students to find their God-given role and to fit within a team that works together in starting missional congregations.
  • Planting in Pluralistic Contexts:  prepares students to form missional communities and design approaches within postmodern, post-Christian societies.
  • Planting in Religious Contexts:  prepares students to start missional congregations among socio-religious groups such as Buddhist, Hindi, Islamic, Judaic, new religious movements, and folk cultures.
  • Church Planter Management: prepares church planting leaders to recruit, train, deploy and supervise church planters and facilitate their ongoing development.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor of Ministry in missional congregational development will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of various philosophies, strategies, and methods in the field of missional congregational development.
  • Devise contextualized congregational development strategies for a variety of cultural, ethnic, and religious contexts.
  • Develop systems and processes for identifying, assessing, and supervising church planters, church planting teams, congregational leaders.
  • Defend your personal missional congregational approach.
  • Apply a missional congregational development strategy that is both Biblically faithful and practically relevant.

Students who complete the Master of Ministry in missional congregational development will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast various philosophies, strategies and methods of missional congregational development.
  • Design and implement a variety of congregational development strategies for diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious contexts.
  • Evaluate and critique competing church planting philosophies and methodologies.
  • Develop and implement systems and processes for identifying, assessing, and supervising church planters and church planting teams.
  • Design and justify a personal approach to missional congregational development.
  • Implement a cultural and contextual missional congregational development strategy that is both Biblically faithful and practically relevant.