A Course in Partnership with Motus Dei

A Network for the Missiological Study of Global Movements to Christ

The Motus Dei Network exists to build authentic relationships and coordinate scholarly research on global discipleship movements in order to promote quality missiology and effective missional praxis for the Church among all nations.

What to expect

In Foundations for a Missiology of Movements, you will explore fundamental principles in the study of movements in preparation for building a framework for a missiology of movements. This in-depth study with leading experts will equip you with the tools to understand the people you are engaging and join with God in His work of uniting all things in Christ. You will take away the following strategic applications:

  • Identify and analyze key aspects of contemporary church planting movements.

  • Articulate a foundational missiology of movements.

  • Develop expertise in one focused area of movements missiology

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Course curriculum

Here is what you'll find inside this course

  • 1

    Course Introduction

  • 2

    MA Missiology of Movements Students

    • About the Degree

    • Instructions

    • Learning Tasks

    • Rubric for Asynchronous Discussion Participation

    • Rubric for Book Reviews

    • Rubric for Final Research Project

    • Resources for Academic Research

    • Course Bibliography

    • Become a Member of EMS

  • 3

    The Big Picture of Movements

    • What to expect in this session

    • Movements Today: A Primer from Multiple Perspectives

    • The Complexity of Insiderness

    • Observations over Fifteen Years of Disciple Making Movements

    • The Discovery Bible Study Method

    • Addressing Theological and Missiological Objections to CPM/DMM

    • Missiology in Tension

    • How Exactly do we Know what we Know about Kingdom Movements

    • An Ethnographic Research Example

    • How Movements Count

    • 24:14 Movement Data Dashboard

  • 4

    Missional Theology of Movements

    • What to expect in this session

    • A Biblical Missiology of Kingdomization through Disciple Multiplication Movements of House Church Networks

    • God's Kingdom as Oikos Church Networks

    • "The Word of the Lord Spread through the Whole Region": The Book of Acts and Church Planting Movements

    • Missiology in Tension

    • God's Expanding Family: Social Architecture of Ekklesia Movements

    • John's Missiological Theology: The Contribution of the Fourth Gospel to the First Century Movement in Roman Asia

    • Missiology in Tension

    • Households of Peace: Relational Boundaries and the Gospel

    • Missiology in Tension

  • 5

    Movement Dynamics

    • What to expect in this session

    • Why Movements Rise and Fall

    • Missiology in Tension

    • From Her Perspective: Women and Multiplication Movements

    • Women Who Dared

    • How Ethnodoxology Drives Movements

    • Global Ethnodoxology Network

    • Media to Movements: A Church Planting Fusion

    • Terra Nova: Opportunities and Challenges of Movement Work in Diaspora Contexts

    • Global Diaspora Network

  • 6

    Case Studies

    • What to expect in this session

    • The Way to Life: Transference of Spiritual DNA with Movements in East Africa

    • The Bhojpuri Case Study

    • A Thai Multiplication Movement

    • Movements in Iran and Algeria: The Second-Generation Challenge

    • Stories from the Field

    • Missiology in Tension

  • 7

    Movement Leadership and Next Steps

    • What to expect in this session

    • The Profile of an Effective Movement Catalyst

    • A Profile of a Movement Catalyst

    • Pursuing Movements: An Organizational Paradigm Shift

    • Maturing the Missiological Discourse on Discipleship Movements

    • Global Church Planting Network

  • 8

    Final Projects

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Participation

    • Book Reviews

    • Research Project

  • 9

    Class Survey

    • Final Reflections

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

The benefits of this course include:

  • More than twelve hours of on-demand video

  • Articles and blogs written by your instructor

  • Accessible 24/7 from your phone, tablet, or computer

  • Personal reflection questions to help you digest and apply the content

  • Discussion forums to do theology in a community with others taking the class

  • Monthly live Zoom discussions with your instructor

  • Motus Dei: The Movement of God and the Discipleship of Nations

  • Earn a certificate of completion for CEU credit

  • This course is a part of the MA Missiology of Movement

Motus Dei

The Movement of God to Disciple the Nations

An incredible breakthrough in missions history is taking place as disciples of Jesus make more disciples of Jesus around the globe, particularly among the least-reached. But what exactly are these church planting or disciple making movements? Where are they occurring and what are their unifying features? How are they manifesting in diverse populations? And can you or your organization be instrumental in catalyzing more movements? Motus Dei, Latin for “movement of God,” seeks to answer these questions and more.

Meet Dr. Farah and Dr. Cooper

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.

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.

What are you waiting for?

We do not just simply fill your heads, but your hearts so that your hands are motivated and equipped to lead movements.