MLV6620EN - Starting Missional Community Networks

Course description

This course is designed to connect the macro-transition to a postmodern world with relevant church planting attempts such as missional communities. Topics to be covered are entrepreneurial leadership issues, church planting fundamentals, community engagement and the relevant principles of missional communities. Students analyze their own pastoral and leadership callings towards their missional context for a potential planting of a network ecosystem in their context, leading to a framework for mobilizing a network movement.

How this course benefits students

Students are exposed to the lexicon of terms for missional communities in contrast to the church planting vocabulary of modern strategies. This course surveys several current missional networks to expose students to contextual methods of expanding the Kingdom through missional expressions. Students are exposed to current missional network leaders and contextual strategies in order to learn from their experiences of mobilizing missional networks.

Why this course is important

Missional community networks are strategically designed as a response to the problems of postmodernism and consumerism in today’s ministry context. Networks provide relational and resourcing strength for Kingdom innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as support to those that have left traditional forms of church structure in search of an active faith in the community. This course equips students with the tools and leadership mindset to thrive in planting missional communities and networking existing communities together.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Missional Living
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Rowland Smith, Instructor in Missional Community

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Missional identity begins with Jesus’ sending of his disciples in John 20:21. From there a survey of Acts 2 provides a spirit of church planting and networking with others for the sake of the Kingdom.

Missionally driven

By definition, missional communities are ‘sent’ communities, locating church in the relevant spaces of the greater culture.

Contextually informed

Missional communities are designed to be very specific to their local context, students are challenged to identify that context and summarize its barriers and opportunities, as well as identify current Kingdom movements that are present.

Interculturally focused

The networking of missional communities allows contextually relevant ministries to focus on their specific calling while creating a Kingdom participation that crosses cultural and social boundaries.

Practically minded

The student is guided to see church and mission outside the structures of traditional ecclesiology, reimagining tangible ways the Kingdom can become present in their context.

Experientially transformed

Students are challenged to examine their own leadership callings and context for a potential missional community planting. Students are exposed to leaders of other missional networks to learn from their experiences of network planting around the globe.