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MA in Global Leadership Seminar 1 - Colorado Springs

MT520A: Summer 2013, MT520B: Fall 2013 [Cohort #XX]


MT520 A & B: BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MISSION (A is 2 units, B is 2 units).

Robert L. Gallagher, Visiting Associate Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission


A central theme of the Scriptures is the mission of God as it relates to the present and coming Kingdom of God. By this is meant the sovereign, living God exercising absolute reign in and through history, and establishing a covenant relationship with the people of God redeemed, and called to be God's instruments among and for the nations. This means continuity with the Old Testament expectation and New Testament fulfillment. This also means Jesus Christ is the "hinge of history," the Great Commission is the culmination of Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is the climactic event, which creates the Church and completes the Christ event. From Pentecost onward the mission of the Church has to be viewed eschatologically since the glorious appearing of the Kingdom at our Lord's coming marks the end of the Church's mission. There is no separate "theology of mission" distinct from a theology of the Spirit and the Church, as developed in Pauline theology of mission.


As a result of this course the student will:

  • Develop a missiological hermeneutic which will be applied to Scripture.

  • Re-read the Bible to understand the nature of God’s mission in Scripture.

  • Allow biblical understanding and mission practice to influence one another.

  • Develop a practical missions’ application based on biblical theology of mission.


A biblical study of the lives of Abraham, David, Jonah, Jesus, and Paul as they interact with the nations and provide contemporary models of mission theology. MT520A will meet for the second week of a required two-week intensive residency for the MA in Global Leadership from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students will do pre-seminar readings and assignments. MT520B will involve post-seminar readings and completion of post-seminar assignments in the students’ ministry contexts after they return home.


A total of 1,250 pages

1. The Bible (a minimum of 50 chapters of the Bible are to be read—the equivalent of 100 pages). During the class students will read selected passages from Genesis, Exodus, 1 & 2 Samuel, Jonah, and Luke-Acts.

2. Glasser, Arthur F., Charles E. Van Engen, Dean S. Gilliland, and Shawn Redford. Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God’s Mission in the Bible.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2003.  Available on Kindle. (ISBN 978-0-8010-2626-3, $30.00).

3. Robert L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig, eds., Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009. (ISBN 978-1-57075-829-4, $35.00).

4. Kaiser, Walter C. Mission in the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2003. (ISBN 978-0-8010-2228-9, $13.99).

5. Two Additional Required Texts from the following:

  • Gallagher, Robert L. and Paul Hertig, eds.  Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004. (ISBN 978-1-57075-493-7, $34.00).

  • Piper, John. Let the Nations be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1993. (ISBN 978-0-8010-3641-5, $16.99).

  • Van Engen, Charles E., Nancy Thomas, and Robert L. Gallagher, eds. Footprints of God: A Narrative Theology of Mission. Monrovia, CA: MARC/World Vision, 1999. (ISBN 978-1-88798-314-3, $17.57).

  • Van Engen, Charles E. Mission on the Way: Issues in Mission Theology. (ISBN 100-8-0102-090-5, $25.20).


  • Bright, John. The Kingdom of God. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1953.

  • De Ridder, Richard.  Discipling the Nations. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1971.

  • Kraybill, Donald B.  The Upside Down Kingdom. Scottdale, PA: Herald, 1990.

  • Ladd, George, E. The Gospel of the Kingdom.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1959.

  • Padilla, René. Mission Between the Times.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1985.

  • Scherer, James.  Gospel, Church and Kingdom. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1987.

  • Shenk, Wilbert, ed. The Transfiguration of Mission.  Scottdale, PA: Herald, 1993.


MT520A (Summer 2013)

  1. Participation in the seminar—class attendance is required throughout the intensive. (30%)

  2. One book review of Walter Kaiser’s Mission in the Old Testament. (45%)

  3. Missiological reflection papers during the course.  (25%)

MT520B (Fall 2013)

    1. Glasser book review and two other book reviews of your choice of the remaining required texts. (30%)

    2. Six personal reflection papers of selected chapters of Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity.  (15%)

    3. A personal reflection paper of the course. (5%)

    4. Students will write a thematic research paper tracing a biblical theme of missiological significance through the Old and New Testaments. The theme will be selected by the student and related to the student's pilgrimage in ministry, and the mission of the people of God touching the nations. The paper should develop the missiological meaning of the theme chosen, and demonstrate the missiological implications for ministry in the student's particular context. (50%)

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Assignments are to be submitted according to the syllabus. The final grade is only given if all the work is completed.

PREREQUISITES: This course is only available to those who are accepted in the MA in Global Leadership program.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: A required course for the cohort portion of the MA in Global Leadership. NO AUDITORS ALLOWED.

FINAL EXAMINATION: None. Updated: May 13, 2013

NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.