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Online Graduate Certificate in
Missional Communities, Ethos & Expression

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Graduate Certificate in
Missional Communities, Ethos & Expression?


The Graduate Certificate in Missional Communities, Ethos & Expression is a missionally driven, interdisciplinary certificate program that equips Christian believers to live an authentic life in the mission of God. The curriculum includes theological foundations, a historical study of early church boundary negotiation with those outside the faith, a redemptive-historical hermenutic for interpreting the nexus between scripture and culture, a framework for embodying mission through life in the larger community, and the development of missional communities.

Foundational to missional ministry is an understanding of how to authentically live a life on mission while including and impacting family, neighborhood, workplace and community. The Missional Communities, Ethos and Expression course of study equips students to become an expert missional practitioner as they merge their faith, career and mission.

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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What Will I Study?

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

An analysis of the biblical culture that valued hospitality as a supreme virtue. It explores how hospitality shapes Christian’s identity as the recipient of God’s hospitality at the Lord’s Table, and would help develop a theology of hospitality and Christian presence to others in homes and in the household of faith, as a means of participating in the mission of God in an unhospitable world.

Students will understand and evaluate various models for how the Church negotiates its position vis-à-vis those deemed outside the community. This course will utilize the methods of the social sciences, including, social-identity theory and social psychology, for the purposes of better understanding how the early Church addressed its own distinctives in diverse cultures and contexts. This will be done for the purpose of translating the earliest practices into the contemporary Church in its worldwide diversity. Student evaluation will include reading, lectures, discussion forums, an essay, an exam, and a service project.

In this course, students practice making the Gospel translatable to the cultural context of their field of mission, they are equipped to employ a redemptive-historical hermeneutic for interpreting scripture and research six descriptive domains that encapsulate the cultural orientations of their mission field. As students acquire knowledge of missional practices, consult an expert practitioner and get involved in an on-site evaluation of a place where Gospel and missio Dei intersect, they accumulate vital resources for coherently contextualizing the Gospel in any mission field.

If the world keeps changing, so must the church. This course is designed to equip those who have a creative heart and mind for the missional church with new contextual forms of ministry. Students will be informed and challenged to imagine and design a new fresh expression strategy to engage their particular community.

This course will examine a Gospel centered community. They will develop an understanding of their Gospel Identity and their biblical mandate to be a unified community centered on the Gospel living the Spirit’s mission to build the Kingdom. The class will research the nature, function, and form of the church that is centered on the Gospel. From this research students will learn the theology behind a Gospel Centered Missional Community and develop their own practical steps to implementing one into their local context.

Missional living is not an event we add to our busy lives, it is our everyday response to the Great Commission ‘as you go make disciples’. This course is therefore designed to equip students to explore the practical and everyday practices of missional living in a world of competing worldviews. Through cultural analysis, students will name and define missional practices for their context.

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?

Any vocation, e.g., custodian, grocery clerk, lawyer, realtor, etc., is transformed into a missional vocation for God's glory in the marketplace, courtroom. classroom or athletic field.



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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.