MLV5100EN - The Gospel and the Missio Dei

Course description

In this course, students elevate their understanding of the missio Dei (Mission of God), not only as a theological construct but as praxis that is translatable to their cultural. Utilizing a redemptive-historical hermeneutic for interpreting scripture, students experiment with everyday missional practices that intentionally participate in the missio Dei. Students build out a probable pathway for joining God in His mission in their context, seeking out local practitioners and analyzing current cultural needs.

How this course benefits students

This course offers the resources, learning, and practice to appropriately contextualize the Gospel for any missional setting. As their final project, students create a project pathway for joining God in mission in their personal contexts. As well, they learn the community of missional practitioners in their area with which they can network in the future.

Why this course is important

Today, our culture is resistant to past methodologies of communicating the Gospel. Christ-followers, as “sent” people of God, are to display a foretaste of the Kingdom. The scriptures offer us multiple motifs to become wise and discerning as we choose missional practices, lifestyles and words that connect with the hearts and minds of our culture. This course enlivens the missional imagination in a way that students see their participation in mission in a new holistic way.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Missional Living
Educational level
Master
Learning type
Instructional
Prerequisites
None
Upcoming terms*
  • 2021-05 (May 9, 2022 - July 3, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Professor
Prof. Rowland Smith, Instructor in Missional Community

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course explains and compares from both the Old and New Testaments how God is on mission to redeem His creation. A focus on the Gospels and Jesus' practice of mission is employed to examine how the Gospel message was displayed to the culture in which He lived.

Missionally driven

Students discover and apply ways to both display and proclaim the Gospel in relation to the Kingdom of God and joining the missio Dei in context.

Contextually informed

This course teaches students to define the Gospel in context of the practitioner, equipping them to be good news to the places they live, work and play.

Interculturally focused

Students learn to incorporate missional behaviors that demonstrate equality of all persons expressed in culturally-appropriate ways. The course Investigates scenarios of being “good news” to socially tense areas of culture and places in which we live. Cross-cultural distance is studied so that students understand what is needed to be the Gospel in another culture.

Practically minded

Students demonstrate an ability to integrate practice with research inquiry in the everyday places of life. Praxis is employed in context.

Experientially transformed

This course translates reflective insights guided by the Holy Spirit into appropriate professional and missional action. Students are guided to experiment in innovative and nontraditional ways of displaying and proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom.