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Online Graduate Certificate in

Contextual Theology & Practice

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Graduate Certificate in
Contextual Theology & Practice?


The Graduate Certificate in Contextual Theology & Practice challenges students to examine and evaluate their own situational contexts in light of the biblical context. The program equips students to understand how theology has been done and lived out in a variety of contexts, including the first-century biblical context and different global, racial, ethnic, culture, and worldview contexts. The purpose is to prepare students to serve God and to participate in his redemptive mission in the unique context where God has called them.

A critical concern for most students is an unawareness of their own situational contexts, which largely shape and inform their theological presuppositions and spiritual formation and practice. The Graduate Certificate in Contextual Theology & Practice leads students to recognize, study, and evaluate their own particular contexts and prepare them for missional service in that context or other contexts where God may call them through an understanding of how theology has been done and lived out in different historical and global contexts.

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 Master's degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

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

Examines and evaluates various theories and practices used to appropriate the message of the Christian Faith in the local context with a special focus on the globalization and pluralistic context of the twenty-first century. The student will develop strategies for assessing a particular context and bringing the Gospel into constructive conversation with it.

The nature of theological education within the local missional community is examined. It explores and analyzes the intersection of communicative action, the relationality of the Triune God, and the interpersonal dynamic of adult learning, allowing the missional leader to create democratic and generative spaces for theological training.

Christologies found in non-European cultures will be explored. The student will gain an understanding and appreciation for how the doctrine of Christ has been developed theologically, expressed ecclesiastically, and applied ethically in majority world contexts.

Will examine the interaction between Jesus’ ministry and the Roman imperial context to learn how churches today can understand and practice mission. Students will explore imperial themes and patterns of dominion, economics, and cultural conformity, and gain insight for interpreting 21st century systems and relationships. Students will be engage in analytical discussions, research papers, and class presentations.

Examines the New Testaments models of contextualization and bring them into theological conversation with the student’s lived experience of context. The student will evaluate how these Biblical accounts might offer a faithful pattern of missional engagement that can serve as a model for mission today.

Enables students to develop and evaluate contextual approaches to the Bible, mission, and congregational studies. It will analyze different models of contextual theology, and explore the way in which the classic theological disciplines of biblical studies and systematic theology relate to and interact with the theory and practice of contextual theology.

Optional Additional Courses 

Compares the important personalities, theological works, and issues defining the study of Christian theologies in modern Africa. Cultural/theological impacts of pre-modern, modern, and postmodern issues on contemporary African Christian theologies will be analyzed. The student will understand and engage the shift of Christianity from its Western “homeland” to Africa, and the responsibility, problems and opportunities these shifts pose for biblical Christianity in Africa.

In light of the shift of focus in Global Christianity from the North to the Global South, this course focuses on the Asian context in exploring the paths Christian theology has treaded. Various current trends in theology will be compared in their diversity in order to help the student learn to do robust theology in context.

The context of the Latin American theological panorama will be examined. The student will analyze the development of Latin American theology from the Conciliar, Evangelical and Roman Catholic perspectives. The student will also explore in depth Liberation Theology, the Latin American Theological Fraternity, and Integral Mission in their contexts of pastoral reflection and praxis.

Introduces and explores the diverse new religious movement known as “Messianic Judaism,” that combines Jewish traditions with the belief that Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah. Through select readings and discussion, students will understand the beliefs of the Messianic Jewish community and the theological challenges, questions and issues with which Messianic Jews grapple. Students will gain an understanding of ways in which faith in Jesus Christ can flourish, in which missional churches may be planted, and Christians may establish relational rapport in Jewish contexts.

A critical theological reflection in light of the deconstruction practices of postmodern thought. Students will identify and contrast key aspects of biblical, orthodox, and historical Christianity within the context of cultural relativism and pluralism. This course will help students name their own practical theology within this current theological reality.

When Can I Get Started?

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






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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.


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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.