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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 God-glorifying ministry. This in-depth study with leading experts will equip you with the tools to understanding 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:

  • Analyze key aspects in the framework of a New Testament movement

  • Develop skills to ensure a proper missiology of movements and to assess movement effectiveness

  • Examine case studies of movements in South, Southeast, and West Asia.

  • Discover strategic areas of ministry of the New Testament movement

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Welcome to this Ephesiology Master Class

    • Introducing Foundations for a Missiology of Movements

    • How to use this course

    • Description and Key Objectives

    • Book offer

    • Learn more about the Motus Dei Network

    • Before we begin...

    • Resources for Academic Research

  • 2

    The Big Picture of Movements

    • What to expect in this session

    • Movements Today: A Primer from Multiple Perspectives

    • Observations over Fifteen Years of Disciple Making Movements

    • Addressing Theological and Missiological Objections to CPM/DMM

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

    • How Movements Count

  • 3

    Missional Theology of Movements

    • What to expect in this session

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

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

    • 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

    • Households of Peace: Relational Boundaries and the Gospel

  • 4

    Movement Dynamics

    • What to expect in this session

    • Why Movements Rise and Fall

    • From Her Perspective: Women and Multiplication Movements

    • How Ethnodoxology Drives Movements

    • Media to Movements: A Church Planting Fusion

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

  • 5

    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

  • 6

    Movement Leadership and Next Steps

    • What to expect in this session

    • The Profile of an Effective Movement Catalyst

    • Pursuing Movements: An Organizational Paradigm Shift

    • Maturing the Missiological Discourse on Discipleship Movements

  • 7

    Final Projects

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Participation

    • Book Reviews

    • Research Project

  • 8

    Class Survey

    • Final Reflections

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

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.

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

  • A roadmap to help your church get into a growth posture

  • 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

  • Free book offer from William Carey Publishing

  • Earn a certificate of completion for CEU credit

Welcome to the Foundations for a Missiology of Movements

an introduction to the class

Meet your instructors

Your instructors have worked with the leaders of some of the largest movements in the world.

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.