Build a missiological foundation for movement thinking

The Movement Studies Certificate is designed especially for current and prospective missionaries working among church planting movements and disciple making movements. The certificate equips you with the most recent scholarship on Christian movements as well as movement principles from the study of the New Testament and the academic discipline of missiology.

  • You will develop a new level of competency in your understanding of the New Testament movement.

  • You will reach a proficiency in your aptitude to study current movements and discern missiological principles that correlate to movement health.

  • You will design contextual seminars to train CPM catalysts, trainers, and strategy coordinators in movement principles.

  • You will develop a pathway for an adaptive movemental ecclesiology rooted in the soil of your context.


Missionary training and education is undergoing massive change. The Movement Studies Certificate is an example of how course delivery and content can address contemporary missiological realities. It uses the first century Christian movement as a model rather than an aberration.
Ted Esler, Ph.D.
Missio Nexus

We long to see Christ’s church expand among the nations in ways that are sustainable, healthy, and God-honoring. Such growth requires a robust theology that yields wise mission practices. The Movement Studies Certificate offers a balanced, biblically informed approach to thinking through these issues.
Jackson Wu
Mission One

Meet your faculty supervisors

Dr. Cooper and Dr. Farah combine years of experience and expertise in the study of movements to guide you in your development of movement principles and best practices

Professor of Missiological Theology

Michael T. Cooper

Dr. Cooper earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies with a focus on religious movements and a minor in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves as a missiologist for a missions agency where he focuses on missiological research and equipping missionaries for effective cultural engagement. He has thirty years of missions experience, including ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism and has equipped church planters and leaders in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He has written and contributed to more than 30 books and academic articles and has presented conference lectures at the London School of Economics, University of Bordeaux, Loyola University, Baylor University, and many others. His recent book, Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement is a best seller at William Carey Publishing.

Associate Professor of Missiology

Warrick Farah

Dr. Farah earned a DMiss from Fuller and is currently working towards a PhD from the Oxford Center of Mission Studies. He is co-editor of Margins of Islam: Ministry in Diverse Muslim Contexts (2018) and editor of Motus Dei: The Movement of God and the Discipleship of Nations (forthcoming in 2021). As a missiologist with One Collective, he currently serves in theological education in the Middle East, training Arab world leaders for ministry in the region. His research topics include Muslim Studies, Frontier Missiology, Theology of Mission, and Movements. Warrick has published in journals such as Evangelical Missions Quarterly, International Journal of Frontier Missiology, and Global Missiology.