Main Menu
Top Menu

Online Undergraduate Certificate in
Missional Church Planting

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

☀  Totally Unique Program = only available at Missional University

Expand Your Missional Capabilities Today!


Ready to learn more about the

Undergraduate Certificate in
Missional Church Planting?


The Undergraduate Certificate in Missional Church Planting is a missionally driven, interdisciplinary certificate program equipping students in the basic principles and methods of missional church planting. Addionally, the student will be biblically prepared in how to join God in His mission by way of an introduction to the basic steps in planting missional churches. And finally, the readiness of students to be planters will be assessed.

Missional Church Planting requires planters led by God's Spirit. God calls ministry leaders to identify and recruit planters that conform to the church's or denomination's vision, mission, values, and doctrine. However for those new congregations to emerge, potential new planters must be prepared to relate the planting process to their personal background and giftedness, including their academic preparation, missional understanding, spirituality and their understanding of the "business" side of ministry. New church planters must be trained to engage obstacles, relationship dynamics, and potential problems related to starting congregations. Further, planters must rely on the Holy Spirit to guide them with their specific calling to the task of church planting. The Undergraduate Certificate in Missional Church Planting equips students to enhance their readiness to start churches by learning the stages and ongoing dynamics of planting reproducing, missional congregations.

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 Bachelor degree program

Course Effort

hours per week

Course Length

Week Terms

Credits Required

credit hours

Program Cost

per credit hour

What Will I Study?

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

Examines the biblical theological foundations of God's plan for global redemption throughout the Old and New Testament. The student will explore the eternal purpose of God for humanity, the state of those who have not heard the gospel, and the application of the missional mandate to various cultures.

Familiarizes students with the basic principles and methods of missional church planting. Close attention will be paid to theological foundations of The Gospel, The Mission of God, and The Church. Drawing upon these principles, students will also be introduced to the first steps for church planters who desire to plant missional churches and complete a basic assessment to determine their own readiness to enter into a planting process.

The course content begins with intercultural foundations and missionary functions and moves to the creation of missional teams and the development of missional communities. Resulting from these missionary processes will be the emergence of missional congregations facilitated by indigenous leadership development. Moving beyond theory to praxis, the students will design their own missional strategy to implement the course through reaching specific ethnic, lifestyle, lifestage and/or socio-religious groups of people; building missional teams; and developing missional communities, fostering emerging missional congregations in their own socio-cultural, community context.

Church planting is best accomplished by a gifted and diverse team led by a servant leader. The primary role of the church planter is to develop and lead this team to accomplish the God given mission of the church. This course will equip students to identify, recruit, train, and mobilize individuals with diverse gifts and backgrounds in order to function as an effective church planting team. Students will take the first steps in developing a missional church planting team.

Equips students to plant ethnically diverse missional congregations, even in geographical areas with less racial diversity. Students will be challenged with the biblical mandate of ethnic inclusivity and the implications of this mandate in the life of the church planter, the church planting team, and the congregation. Prerequisite: Intro to Missional Church Planting

A survey of both the content and context of missional proclamation together with the development of contextual, biblical messages and actions designed for both individual and group audiences. Since missional proclamation is the presentation to the world of the claims of Christ on the world, it articulates in word and deed the new reality that God is creating for people, and invites people into that new reality. Thus, missional proclamation invites people not merely to hear the gospel but to understand their own personal narratives as part of that larger and ongoing story of God’s engagement with the world.

A survey of the lives and ministries of missional leaders in church history. Drawing upon this foundation, students will identify characteristics and practices of effective missional leaders and formulate principles of effective missional leadership. Students will be challenged to examine their own lives and practices in light of these principles and identify areas of needed personal transformation.

Examines the primary considerations in determining what constitutes a missional church. Special attention will be given to understanding the foundational theological principles that guide all missional churches and the core practices that stem from these principles. Students will evaluate past and current church experiences in light of these principles and practices in order to identify areas of needed transformation, both personally and in ministry.

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



Request Information Now

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


per credit hour


3 credit course


80% Tuition


per credit hour


3 credit course


60% Tuition


per credit hour


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.