Are you passionate about learning how the New Testament Church grew?

And how you might catalyze those lessons in your ministry?

We are too! The study of the Ephesian movement focuses on empowering people to use their gifts (2 Tim 1:3-6), inspiring them to join in hardship (2 Tim 1:8-14), entrusting them to teach faithful people to carry on the mission (2 Tim 2:1-7), and reminding them to preach the word in season and out of season (2 Tim 3:16-4:2). These are mission critical characteristics of spiritual multiplication and lead to innovating ways that you and your team can engage contemporary culture with the story of God.

What to expect

In the Study of the Ephesian Movement, you will go on an adventure of discovering fundamental principles for building a framework of a movement. This in-depth study of the most significant church in the New Testament 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:

  • What it will take to effectively launch a movement in your city

  • Learn what Paul taught to ensure the movement will not stagnate

  • Become the type of leader that empowers, inspires, entrusts, and reminds others to stay on mission

What's inside the course:

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Welcome to this Ephesiology Master Class

    • How to use this course

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Get Your Free Copy of the Book

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    MA Missiology of Movements Students

    • Instructions

    • Learning Tasks

    • Rubric for Asynchronous Discussion Participation

    • Rubric for Final Research Project

    • Course Bibliography

    • Resources for Academic Research

  • 3

    The Study of Movements

    • What to expect in this session

    • Current Climate of Global Christianity

    • Why Religions Succeed

    • Lifecycle of a Movement

    • Movements and Institutions

    • Types of Movements

    • Reflection

  • 4

    The Legacy Church and Movement Making

    • What to expect in this session

    • Defining the Legacy Church

    • Characteristics of the Legacy Church

    • Diagnostic Questions for the Legacy Church

    • Reflections

  • 5

    The Anatomy of the Ephesian Movement

    • What to expect in this session

    • Key Features of the New Testament Movement

    • Preliminary Reflections on an Anatomy of a Movement

    • Mature Disciples

    • New Testament Leaders

    • Healthy Church

    • Differentiating a NT Movement from CPM and DMM

    • Reflection

  • 6

    The Theology of the Ephesian Movement

    • What to expect in this session

    • The Basics: What is the Gospel

    • Paul's Gospel Message in Acts

    • Connecting stories

    • A Theological Framework for Movements

    • Theology of a Movement: Introducing Ephesians

    • Theology and Our Identity

    • Missiological Theism

    • Reflections

  • 7

    Characteristics of Movement Leaders

    • What to expect in this session

    • Leadership that Propels a Movement Forward

    • Movement Leadership Style

    • Leadership Structure of a New Testament Movement

    • APEST Leaders

    • Leadership in Movements

    • Three Areas of Focus for the Leader

    • Reflections

  • 8

    Principles in Movement Multiplication

    • What to expect in this session

    • The Actions of Leaders Who Multiply

    • Conversion and Movement Multiplication

    • Observations on Sustaining a Movement

    • Sustaining Growth of Movements

    • Reflections

  • 9

    The Three Areas of Ministry in a Movement

    • What to expect in this session

    • The Ministry of Church Planting

    • The Ministry of Worldview Apologetics

    • The Ministry of Social Justice

    • Reflection

  • 10

    What's Next

    • Final Reflections

    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

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

  • 11

    Final Projects

    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Participation

    • Book Review

    • Research Project

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

  • Certificate of completion for continuing education credit

Welcome to the Anatomy of a Movement

an introduction to the class

Meet your instructor

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.