What to expect:

Missiological Theology introduces the student to pivotal Christian doctrines as a missiological framework within which to engage the working intellectual assumptions of contemporary culture. In addition to investigating several models for Christian engagement with culture, the course encourages the positive formation of a biblically informed worldview as a foundation for creative interaction with current issues.

  • Come to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the crucial significance of certain central doctrines of the Christian faith for life and thought.

  • Develop a method for moving from Christian theology to cultural engagement.

  • Gain a sense of the cultural milieu of society as related to secularization, postmodernism and religious pluralism and of how Christian theology helps to engage the milieu.

  • Come to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the historical development of doctrine in the early years of the church and its significance in contemporary culture.

  • Develop the intellectual habits and practical virtues corresponding to our Christian faith.

What's inside the course:

  • 1

    Welcome to Missiological Theology

    • Welcome to this Ephesiology Master Class

    • How to use the course player

    • Introduction to Missiological Theology

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Zoom Registration

    • Before we begin...

    • Check out our MA degree

  • 2

    MA Missiology of Movements Students

    • Instructions

    • Learning Tasks

    • Rubric for Asynchronous Discussion Participation

    • Rubric for Book Review

    • Writing Academic Book Reviews

    • Rubric for Final Research Project

    • Writing a Seminary Paper

    • Required Textbooks and Articles

    • Course Bibliography

    • Resources for Academic Research

    • Writing & Style Guides

  • 3

    Ground Rules

    • What to expect in this session

    • Our Boundaries

    • Doing Theology in Community

    • Excursus - Why Words are Important

    • Remnant and the New Dark Age

  • 4

    Understanding Worldview

    • What to expect in this session

    • Week 1 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Worldview: Understanding a Concept

    • Is there a biblical worldview?

    • Discussion

    • Depolarizing?

    • Excursus - The Complexity of Culture

    • Hofstede Insights

    • Conversion and Worldview Transformation

    • Discussion

    • Week 2 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Toward a Biblically Informed Worldview

    • Ultimate Questions

    • The Changing American Worldview

    • Fragmentation of Western Society

    • Bounded and Centered Sets

    • Critical Reflections on the North American Church

    • Excursus - Views of Five World Religions

    • Discussion

  • 5

    Toward a Missiological Theology

    • What to expect in this session

    • The Apostles Creed

    • What Unites Us

    • Week 3 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Our Theological Goal

    • Excursus: Hans Urs von Balthasar

    • Excursus - The Ontology of Missiological Theology

    • Week 4 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Interpretative Methods

    • The Reliability of the Sources

    • The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts

    • The Source of Theology

    • Week 5 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Theology and Culture - Exercise

    • Determining Theological Orthodoxy

    • Excursus on African Christianity - Thomas C. Oden

    • The Theologizer

    • Week 6 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • A Missiologically Theocentric Framework for Doing Theology

    • Missio Dei as a Hermeneutical Key

    • Theology Proper

    • Theology and Context

  • 6


    • What to expect in this session

    • Week 7 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • The Jesus of History, the Christ of Faith

    • Ontological and Functional Christology

    • Week 8 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Excursus on Atonement Theories

    • Christological Heresies

  • 7


    • What to expect in this session

    • Week 9 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

    • Logo Spermatokos

  • 8

    Theological Anthropology

    • What to expect in this session

    • Week 10 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Human Responsibility

    • Theological Anthropology

    • Week 11 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Essential Nature of Humanity

    • Perspectives on the Creation of Humanity

  • 9


    • What to expect in this session

    • Week 13 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Discussion

    • The Inception of the New Testament Church

    • The Nature of the Church

    • Being the Church

  • 10


    • What to expect in this session

    • Week 14 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Missiological Theology: Pulling it All Together

    • Historical Approaches to Cultural Engagement

    • Christ and Culture

    • A Brief History of Christian Engagement of Cultural

    • Being Christian in the Age of Pluralism

    • Christian Responsibility

    • Developing a New Testament Framework for Cultural Engagement

  • 11

    Contemporary Cultural Issues

    • What to expect in this session

    • Josh Packard and the Spirituality of Generation Z

    • Week 15 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Understanding Critical Social Theories

    • Critical Theory and Critical Legal Studies

    • Critical Race Theory

    • Theology in Tension

    • Issues with Critical Social Theories

    • Week 16 - Live Zoom Classroom

    • Racism

    • Faith and Politics

    • Gender Inequality

  • 12

    What's Next?

    • Final Reflections

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

    • Want to go further? Here's what's next.

  • 13

    Final Projects

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Participation

    • Book Review

    • Research Project

Meet Dr. Michael Cooper

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.

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