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Winter 2009/FSW Phoenix

Summer 2012/FSW




GM551: Missional Leadership in the Emerging Culture. Michael McNichols


DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to issues related to the leadership of missional communities of faith in a rapidly changing culture. The course will help students to develop a broad view of the missional nature of the church that is both local and global. Students will be equipped to help their communities to engage in local and global mission in a manner that is biblically and theologically informed as well as sensitive to the movement of the emerging culture.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this course, students will demonstrate (1) the ability to analyze and critique the missional nature of their own local ministry context; (2) a biblical and theological understanding of mission in a variety of ministry contexts; (3) an understanding of the missional nature of diverse ministry expressions; (4) an appreciation of global transformations in the world today and their significance for the church’s ministry; (5) an understanding of Christian leadership as a contextual response to what the Spirit of God is doing in the world.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Understanding the nature of Christian leadership as grounded in the mission of God is crucial to the direction of a vocation of ministry. In learning about leadership in a rapidly-changing culture we will orient our lives of ministry in ways that are both local and global in recognition that God’s rule and reign is at the heart of all that we do.


COURSE FORMAT: This course will be comprised of 30 hours of class time including lectures, discussion, presentations and small group feedback.



Barrett, Lois, et al. Treasure in Clay Jars. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004 [194 pp]. ISBN 080282692X $21.00

Escobar, Samuel. The New Global Mission. Downers Grove: IVP, 2003 [182 pp]. ISBN 0830833013 $16.00

Fortner, Robert S. “Waking Up in Anaheim.” Word and World, Volume 30, Number 3, Summer 2010 (available at ATLA—see course Moodle page for link)

Hunter, James Davison. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010 [288 pp]. ISBN 0199730806 $27.95

Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus and Community. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984 [185 pp]. ISBN 0800618025 $22.00

Newbigin, Lesslie. The Open Secret. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995 [200 pp]. ISBN 0802808298 $15.00

Nouwen, Henri. In the Name of Jesus. New York: Crossroad, 1993 [107 pp]. ISBN 0824512596 $14.95

Course Reader - available via eReserves in Moodle





1.     Collaborative reading project (on section of Hunter text), consisting of a 3-page summary/commentary and group interaction via Moodle. (20%)

2.     Three 1,500-word essays based on interaction with the course readings. Topics will be provided in the syllabus (available on Portico). (60%)

3.     A 8-10 page paper that evaluates the missional character of the student’s own community of faith, using the “Patterns of the Missional Church” in the Barrett text. (20%)




RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MIN 8 for MDiv; meets GLBL for pre-Fall 2007 MAT; elective for current MATs.