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What to expect

In Journey to a Movement, you'll explore what a missiologically theocentric ecclesiology is all about and how you can begin to implement it in your church. You'll learn that a missiologically theocentric ecclesiology is passionate in pursuing God’s glory and in joining His mission to see more people worshiping Him. In this class, you should expect:

  • To be challenged to think outside of the 16th century ecclesiastical box

  • To re-discover the passion of the first century church and how she became a movement

  • To apply timeless principles in your church today that will put you on the road to movement

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Class Overview

    • Course Overview

    • How to use this course

    • Some Things to Keep in Mind

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    The Legacy Church

    • Legacy Church and Movement Making

    • Reflection

  • 3

    US Religious Landscape

    • The Spectrum of Evangelicalism

    • US Religious Landscape

    • US Religious Landscape

  • 4

    Defining a Movement

    • Defining a Movement

    • Cultural Transformation Resulting from Movements

    • Growth of Religious Movements

    • Reflection

  • 5

    Theory of Religious Satisfaction

    • Theory of Religious Satisfaction

    • Stonehenge, Druids, and King Arthur Uther Pendragon: A Case Study of Contemporary Druid Identity

    • Reflections

  • 6

    How Do We Get There?

    • How Do We Get There?

  • 7

    A Missiologically Theocentric Hermeneutic

    • A Missiologically Theocentric Hermeneutic

    • Cultural Issues and Today's Pastor

    • Reflection

  • 8

    A Missiologically Theocentric Koinonia

    • A Missiologically Theocentric Koinonia

    • Characteristics of a Healthy Church

    • Reflection

  • 9

    A Missiologically Theocentric Praxis

    • A Missiologically Theocentric Praxis

    • The Characteristics of Praxis

    • Reflection

  • 10

    A Missiologically Theocentric Leadership

    • A Missiologically Theocentric Leadership

    • Characteristics of New Testament Leadership

    • Reflection

  • 11

    Are You Ready for the Journey to Movement?

    • Next steps on your journey

    • Church Maturity Matrix

  • 12


    • Resources

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

This course includes:

  • More than eight hours of on-demand video

  • Articles and blogs written by our instructors

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

  • A roadmap to help you discover how to become a missiologically theocentric church

  • 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 instructors

  • Free book offer

  • Certificate of completion

Welcome to Shepherding the Church to Movement

an introduction to the class

Meet your instructors

Assistant Professor of Discipleship

Matt Till

Matt is a gospel-centered pastor, teacher, and communicator. Together with his wife Mary, their purpose is to lead the church in the ways of Jesus and the mission of Jesus. Matt holds a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts in Television Production and Directing, and is a 2018 residency graduate of Reach Chicago, a church planting network through the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Matt also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.

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.