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Online Associate Certificate in
Church Planting Foundations

School: Missional Practice  // Study Area: Developing Faith Communities

☀  Totally Unique Program = only available at Missional University

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Associate Certificate in
Church Planting Foundations?


The Associate’s Certificate in Church Planting Foundations provides students with a set of practical, theological tools and principles for understanding and assessing the needs of starting missional congregations in a given cultural environment as a direct means of joining in God’s mission in the world.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Associate degree program

Course Effort

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Course Length

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Credits Required

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Program Cost

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving in the mission of God.

A survey of Missio Dei, the Mission of God, explores Salvation History through the redemptive vision of God. The student will learn how God is reconciling all of creation unto himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Students will also observe God at work through His people in mission.

This course explores the spiritual dimension of missional engagement in the post-Christendom world. Students will discover practical and creative ways of deepening their personal spirituality allowing more engagement with not-yet Christians and the development of authentic missional community. Resources will include readings, video interviews with practitioners, creative spiritual practices, real-life experimentation and weekly Q & A reports.

Exploration of an approach to worldview study and a dialogical method to sharing your faith at a personal level, beginning with a clear understanding of Christian mission. Considers how understanding another person’s worldview through asking excellent questions will lead to a variety of approaches to evangelism in the context of diverse 21st century cultures.

This course will focus on living as a disciple in every area of life. Missional is a ministry buzz word but few know how to live it. This course will give students a clear definition of missional, best practices to living a missional life, and a template to apply God’s Mission into any context in which the student lives.

What is the church to do in a society marked by religious pluralism, ethnic diversity, and cultural relativism? This course will explore the problems and complexities of planting missional churches within the reality of competing belief systems. Students will examine past and present challenges of monotheistic faith models, universal marks of the Church and contextual analysis for best practices.

An evaluation of the principles that comprise effective missional engagement with individuals, groups, and communities. The course explores theories, strategies and methods that undergird missional enagement. Students construct a missional engagement framework in light of issues within their cultural context. A missional scorecard is constructed to enable Christian belivers and missional congregations to measure success on the basis of a biblical understanding of the mission of God, the role of the church, and the multiplication of disciples, disciplemakers, and servant leaders among all groups of people.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Living Your Life as Mission

Is this Your Mission?

Church planting pastor, Multi-Campus Coordinator, Denominational Church Planting Specialist, Bi-vocational Ministry Specialist, Church Planting Team Member

How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


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80% Tuition


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3 credit course


60% Tuition


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3 credit course


40% Tuition


per credit hour


3 credit course

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.