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  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Welcome to this Ephesiology Master Class

  • 2

    MA Missiology of Movements Students

    • Instructions

  • 3

    Introducing Church Planting

    • Introduction to the Course

    • Missiology in Tension: Is Church Planting Biblical?

    • If Jesus Planted a Church ...

    • Would Jesus Plant a Church?

    • Characteristics of a Church Planter - Jeff Christopherson

    • Why Church Planting?

    • Missional Church - Alan Hirsch

  • 4

    Defining the Church

    • New Testament Ecclesiology

    • Jesus' Assessment Criteria for the Church

    • Adaptive Ecclesiology

    • The Purpose of the Church

    • Three-Fold Mission Focus of the Church

    • Discussion

  • 5

    Cultural Considerations

    • Contextual Ecclesiology

    • Contextual Leadership

    • Five Characteristics of an Indigenous Church

  • 6

    Principles of NT Church Planting

    • Essential Elements of Church Planting Movements

    • Book Download

    • Missiology in Tension

    • Engaging Culture

    • Equipping Disciples

    • Establishing Communities

    • Empowering Leaders

    • Team Essential: APEST

  • 7

    Characteristics of Contemporary Church Planting Paradigms

    • What to expect in this session

    • University Church - Ed Kang

    • Kingdom Matrix - Jeff Christopherson

    • Four Fields Strategy - Moa Ao

    • Four Fields of Kingdom Growth

    • Co-vocational Church Planting - Brad Brisco

    • Co-vocational Church Planting

    • Oikos Church - David Lim

    • Vision and Strategies of House Church Leaders in Asia

    • Urban Church Planting - Bob Engel

    • Compare and Contrast Church Planting Paradigms

  • 8

    Final Projects

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons


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.

Are you ready to change your world?

It's not simply about what you know in your head, but what you believe in heart and do with your hands so that you are motivated and equipped to lead movements.