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M.A. in Missional Church Movements

M.A. in Missional Church Movements

Why Pursue an M.A. in Missional Church Movements?

NOTE:  This program is currently not admitting students.


The modular Masters in Missional Church Movements is for planters and multipliers of churches, groups, and ministries. It will expose you to the best missional and church reproducing thinkers and practitioners in the world today; it will equip you to lead in the Church and in your community and workplace to bring the gospel to bear and see people transformed and neighborhoods and institutions influenced.

Missional Church Movements has challenged me to reflect on larger global perspectives and has given me insight and ideas that can be put into practice immediately. — Jake Kirchner, Connections Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church

Why Study Missional Church Movements at Wheaton?

What do we mean when we say Missional?

By the term missional, we are communicating three main ideas:

  • The attraction of the unchurched into reproducing churches and the planting of new churches,
  • The incarnational engagement of Christians as missionaries in their communities and neighborhoods, and
  • The sending out of small communities and groups to exert Christian influence in every sector and location in society.

While earning your Master's degree, you will be able apply directly these ideas to your current ministry context. You will be equipped to plant or transition churches to be missional and influential for the sake of the gospel.

You will learn skills to contextualize ministry to your local context, while being enriched by learning from global and urban church planting movements.

You will learn from world-class leaders who are driving scholarship in thought and praxis. With experience in pastoral ministry, church planting, intercultural studies, missiology, polling, and much more, the diverse and accomplished faculty are essential to the uniqueness and caliber of the program. 

You will be mentored by outstanding leaders on issues like organizational change, strengthening the soul of your leadership, apostolic leadership practices, and much more. 

The M.A. in Missional Church Movements is a 40 credit hour degree. The program can be completed in 4 summers of intensive classes (32 credits), then 8 credits of flexible learning (online or intensive format) in either fall or spring, depending on the electives chosen.

As a part of our mission to commit to the development of missional organizations, we have developed partnerships with various ministries and organizations in order to make graduate education more affordable.

Students currently involved with any of these ministries may qualify for a generous tuition scholarship for all courses.

Find detailed information such as course requirements, course descriptions, faculty information, and program overview for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements.

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The Missional Church Certificate offers students the opportunity to take the three core classes in the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership - Gospel, Church, and Culture.  This certificate will equip students to engage in the issues and effective practices of missional living through evangelism, cultural engagement, and the mission of the church.

The Missional Church Certificate is for any postbaccalaureate and post-MDiv students and provides training related to the gospel, church, and culture in order to foster a deeper understanding of the issues and effective practices for the church today. Through the Missional Church Certificate, students get to take the best courses in the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership. Students will explore theological issues related to the gospel, the church, and culture in order to apply learning in various ministry settings and will also engage in the ongoing missional conversation as part of this course of study. Given the fracturing obvious in society at large and divisions within the church over cultural issues, this certificate program will help students formulate a biblical, reasonable, and useful faith in the contemporary world.

Course Requirements for the Missional Church Certificate

  • EVAN 526 Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal 
  • EVAN 542 Church: Models and Movements
  • EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global

Students who later apply for entry into the M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership, the M.A. in Missional Church Movements, or the M.A. in Ministry Leadership can use these three courses toward their M.A. requirements.