Session: March 11-May 5, 2019

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. David Brazzeal

Course Description:

This course explores the spiritual dimension of missional engagement in the post-Christendom world. Students will discover practical and creative ways of deepening their personal spirituality allowing more engagement with not-yet Christians and the development of authentic missional community. Resources will include readings, video interviews with practitioners, creative spiritual practices, real-life experimentation and weekly Q & A reports.

How This Course Benefits Students:

In order to live missionally whether in our own town or around the world, it is vital to know how to sustain yourself spiritually as well as the growing community around you. This course will:
  1. introduce you to the missional concept
  2. help you understand your own missional and spiritual journey and
  3. give you practical tools and creative ideas in prayer and Bible study that are essential in missional living.

Why This Course Is Important:

The tectonic plates of the global spiritual world are shifting under our feet. Reliable missionary strategies and traditional one-size-fits-all discipleship plans seem less and less effective. The next wave of established ideas have not yet arrived. We find ourselves in a period of in-between-ness where we all are called upon to develop creative, home-grown, sustainable and practical solutions to maintain a healthy soul, open to the whispers of the spirit on which we so deeply depend. Therefore, there can be no divorce between our missionality and spirituality. They are intrinsically linked. The more we are missionally engaged in our communities in listening, helping, serving, loving, caring, healing, sharing, the more we need to nurture our own souls. The more our souls are healthy and in sync with the Sending God of Isaiah, the more we can fully respond with “Here am I, send me.”

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Sara Blakeney

Course Description:

Who are the Millennials and how do we reach them for the cause of Christ? Building on generational theory and biblical theology, this course will familiarize the student with the Millennial generation, separate fact from fiction, and identify and develop effective methods of discipleship. The goal is to equip students to be leaders who can missionally engage the Millennial generation faithfully and effectively in various cultural contexts.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Research shows that most of contemporary society across the globe is increasingly educated, urban, and young. (1) As a result, emerging leaders need to understand what makes these younger generations "tick" so that they can be effectively reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all approaches to discipleship; instead, the most effective methods are generationally relevant and highly contextualized. Thus, students need to be equipped with the requisite tools and training to reach Millennials using missionally-oriented approaches and practices.

(1) "Why Emerging Leadership?" Missional University. https://missional.university/missionalpractice/departments/emerging-leadership/ (accessed September 16, 2018).

Why This Course Is Important:

One of the most important endeavors a Christian university can undertake is the investment in its future generations. Indeed, there is biblical precedent for both the pedagogical and replication aspects of discipleship, as evidenced in the relationships between Moses and Joshua, Paul and Timothy. This investment is particularly needed in the Millennial generation. Millennials are the largest of the generational cohorts, surpassing even the mammoth Baby Boomer generation. Millennials are the culture molders, policy makers, and church leaders of tomorrow. However, at present they are also the most un-churched, de-churched cohort among us. It is imperative, therefore, that we design ministries and discipleship strategies that are missional in nature, engaging Millennials where they are so they can encounter Christ and fulfill their generational calling.

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Cindy Lee

Course Description:

Students will assess different approaches to integrating spirituality with missionality in current and past literature. They will explore various forms of spiritual development and soul-care that encourage participants in both their spiritual depth and missional practice. Students will experience creative spiritual practices and develop customized spiritual development plans for their missional context.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Why This Course Is Important:

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. David Brazzeal

Course Description:

This course explores the spiritual dimension of missional engagement in the post-Christendom world. Students will create a personal spiritual development (or soul care) plan for their selves, their team and engaging a wider community. Resources will include readings, video interviews with practitioners, creative spiritual practices, and the development of a spiritual development plan.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Why This Course Is Important:

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. David Brazzeal

Course Description:

This course explores the spiritual dimension of missional engagement in the post-Christendom world. Students will discover practical and creative ways of deepening their personal spirituality allowing more engagement with not-yet Christians and the development of authentic missional community. Resources will include readings, video interviews with practitioners, creative spiritual practices, real-life experimentation and weekly Q & A reports.

How This Course Benefits Students:

In order to live missionally whether in our own town or around the world, it is vital to know how to sustain yourself spiritually as well as the growing community around you. This course will:
  1. introduce you to the missional concept
  2. help you understand your own missional and spiritual journey and
  3. give you practical tools and creative ideas in prayer and Bible study that are essential in missional living.

Why This Course Is Important:

The tectonic plates of the global spiritual world are shifting under our feet. Reliable missionary strategies and traditional one-size-fits-all discipleship plans seem less and less effective. The next wave of established ideas have not yet arrived. We find ourselves in a period of in-between-ness where we all are called upon to develop creative, home-grown, sustainable and practical solutions to maintain a healthy soul, open to the whispers of the spirit on which we so deeply depend. Therefore, there can be no divorce between our missionality and spirituality. They are intrinsically linked. The more we are missionally engaged in our communities in listening, helping, serving, loving, caring, healing, sharing, the more we need to nurture our own souls. The more our souls are healthy and in sync with the Sending God of Isaiah, the more we can fully respond with “Here am I, send me.”