What to expect

Movemental Ecclesiology focuses on the movemental nature of the church with attention to the importance of cultural exegesis and adaptive strategies for ecclesial structures and leadership. Special attention is given to the importance of missiology in catalyzing reproducing churches. You'll analyze and evaluate contemporary church planting models with a view toward a nascent articulation of a personal church planting philosophy developed in a community of learners. You will:

  • Consider the question of the biblical rationale for church planting.

  • Practice what it means to do theology in community in developing a definition of church.

  • Study the missional characteristics of New Testament church planting.

  • Examine important contextualization principles in developing culturally appropriate church structures.

  • Discuss and analyze contemporary church planting paradigms.

Course Outline

An introduction to the missional church planting principles of the New Testament and their applications in the 21st century.

  • 1

    Course Introduction

  • 2

    MA Missiology of Movements Students

    • About the MA Degree

    • Instructions for MA students

    • Writing & Style Guides

    • Learning Tasks

    • Rubric for Asynchronous Discussion Participation

    • Rubric for Book Review

    • Writing Academic Book Reviews

    • Rubric for Final Presentation

    • Required Textbooks and Articles

    • Course Bibliography

    • Resources for Research

  • 3

    The Nature of Missional Church Planting

    • What to expect in this session

    • Introducing Movemental Ecclesiology - with Alan Hirsch

    • Is Church Planting the Most Effective Evangelistic Method?

    • Discussion

    • Beyond Sheep Shuffling

    • The Biblical Mandate for Church Planting

    • Discussion

    • If Jesus Planted a Church ...

    • Would Jesus Plant a Church?

    • Discussion

    • First Reflection Paper

    • Excursus - Lessons from Calvin: Is it Time for Another Reformation?

    • Characteristics of a Church Planter - Jeff Christopherson

    • Live - Questions and Answers

  • 4

    Defining the Church

    • What to expect in this session

    • New Testament Ecclesiology

    • Marks of the Church

    • Jesus' Marks for the Church

    • Discussion

    • The Study of the Churches of Rome and Thessalonica

    • Forms of the Early Church

    • Second Reflection Paper

  • 5

    Cultural Considerations

    • What to expect in this session

    • The Monkey and the Fish

    • Adaptive and Captive Ecclesiology

    • Cultural Influence on the Development of the Church

    • Five Characteristics of a Church Rooted in the Community

    • Church Indigeneity Matrix

    • Discussion

    • Live - Questions and Answers

  • 6

    Missiologically Theocentric έκκλησία

    • What to expect in this session

    • A Missiologically Theocentric Church

    • A Chaordic Collaborative

    • Excursus - Relaunching Decentralized Churches

    • Essential Elements of Church Planting Movements - David Garrison

    • Free Book Download - Church Planting Movements

    • Missiology in Tension

    • The Church Planting Team - Todd Lafferty

    • Team Essential: APEST

    • APEST Personal Vocational Assessment

    • The Non-Hierarchical Leadership of the New Testament Church

    • Excursus - Mere Evangelism

    • Church Planting's Silver Bullet(s) - Donald Patrick Harris

    • Free Book Download - Learn from Paul

    • Free Book Download - God's Mission in the World

    • More Evangelism and Discipleship Resources

    • Live - Questions and Answers

  • 7

    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

    • Covocational Church Planting - Brad Brisco

    • Free Book Download - Covocational Church Planting

    • Oikos Church - David Lim

    • Vision and Strategies of House Church Leaders in Asia

    • Urban Church Planting - Bob Engel

    • Church Planting Among the Poor

    • Church Planting Residency - Sean Cronin

    • Passion for Planting - Church Planting Residency

    • Church Planting Comparison Table

  • 8

    Church Planting Philosophy Presentations

    • Final Presentation

  • 9

    What's Next?

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

    • Invite us to speak

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

    • One more thing ...

  • 10

    Final Projects - MA Students

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Book Review

Meet Dr. Michael T. Cooper

Join Michael and a whole host of church planters like Alan Hirsch, Jeff Christopherson, David Garrison, Bob Engel, Sean Cronin, and many others as we are challenged to see a reformation in church planting.

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.