UMS6300EN - Metro Missional Strategy: Strategic Perspectives

Course description

This course will evaluate and develop an urban church planting strategy using current best practices for research, prayer, evangelism, discipleship and starting new churches. This course will review strategic perspectives through discussion, interviews, and reading assignments.

How this course benefits students

The masters level applies best practices to student contexts in order to develop their own set of missional strategies to be used in their current or future city.

Why this course is important

More people are moving to cities today than in any other time in history. In the United States refugees are settling in large urban centers which allows churches in cities to create meaningful strategies to share the gospel and make disciples of all nations in the world’s very large cities.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Urban Mission
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. G. Phillip Smith, Professor of Urban Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

When we look at the lives of the members of the early church we can see that they had a clear plan to make disciples of all nations. Most of the time they started in large urban centers. This course will follow that biblical model of Urban Strategies.

Missionally driven

This course will evaluate how one a team of people can be on mission using strategies from various mission sending agencies in one large urban center.

Contextually informed

A large portion of the world is moving to Urban Centers. Students will be able to scale the aspects learned in this course in order to apply strategies to their own context.

Interculturally focused

A majority of urban centers around the world are culturally diverse. This course will review observing the unique abilities to make disciples of all nations among urban centers.

Practically minded

The students will have assignments that will prepare them to live and serve in an intercultural setting. Some of these will be hands on exercises in their own city.

Experientially transformed

Students preparing to plant churches in metro centers need to have hands on experiences so when they arrive in their new city they can immediately start utilizing strategies. Case studies mixed with interviews will assist students in this process.