MLV5640EN - Transitioning a Church to Missional Communities

Course description

This course examines issues for transitioning a church from an attractional, seeker sensitive, traditional, program driven church to a missional community driven church. Students will study the biblical foundations for each form of church and study trends for why making a transition to the missional church is needed. For those serving in or planting from an established church this course will look at the process to change an already established church. This class will give students a framework to develop their own step by step system to develop a discipleship culture in their church transforming people into missional disciple makers.

How this course benefits students

The less “Christian” our society becomes the less the attractional, seeker sensitive, traditional, program driven church will be relevant. More and more churches will need to make the decision to change or die. It is important that the Church begin to learn to transition to a missional community based church to make disciples that make disciples.

Why this course is important

The studies show that less and less people are attending church. With less and less of the younger generations having an interest in church the Church can’t keep doing church the way it has always been done. The Church will need to make a transition to stay relevant.

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 the book of Acts particularly building on Acts 1:8, Acts 2:42-48, Jesus’ missional community from Luke, the church at Antioch from Acts 11. A grounding in scripture will be key for students to learn how to multiply disciples effectively.

Missionally driven

The studies show that less and less people are attending church. With less and less of the younger generations having an interest in church the Church can’t keep doing church the way it has always been done. The Church will need to make a transition to stay relevant.

Contextually informed

Each context is different when transitioning but the course will help each student allow the culture to be their context when making the transition.

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.