MLV5610EN - Gospel-Centered Missional Communities

Course description

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.

How this course benefits students

A true Missional Community is one that is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The course will dive deep into the Gospel and the implications the Gospel has for the community. The course will examine the nature of the church and how the Gospel is the center of that. Without an understanding of a Gospel Centered Community the community is no different than any other secular community organization.

Why this course is important

The Gospel is the most important thing for a missional church. Without an understanding of a Gospel Centered Community we will not be able to establish a missional life, community, or church. It is important that students have a basis for this. A true Missional Community is one that is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The course will dive deep into the Gospel and the implications the Gospel has for the community. The course will examine the nature of the church and how the Gospel is the center of that. Without an understanding of a Gospel Centered Community the community is no different than any other secular community organization

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Missional Living
Educational level
Master
Learning type
Instructional
Prerequisites
None
Upcoming terms
Pending
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Professor
Dr. Matthew Murphy, Professor of Missional Living

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will be based on a biblical worldview. We will focus on key texts from Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:42-48, among others. We will also spend time looking at how Jesus led his missional community from the book of Luke. A grounding in scripture will be key for students to learn how to effectively lead a missional community.

Missionally driven

The course will help students learn how to be Gospel centered and focus the missional community on the Gospel.

Contextually informed

Just as Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us there is nothing more contextual than the Gospel. Contextualizing the Gospel is learning to live like Jesus would in your local context.

Interculturally focused

This course will seek to integrate the concepts into every cultural context. The theme contextually will be “let culture be your context.” The course will bring in practitioners from many different culture’s.

Practically minded

This course will help the students to develop practical ways they can live missionally in their everyday life

Experientially transformed

The course will encourage students to live out what they are learning and share their experiences with the rest of the class.