Missional in Higher Education

'Through the Looking Glass' photo (c) 2010, Nick Fisher - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/Churches are not the only institution caught in the midst of incredible change and reformation. Seminaries and colleges are also experiencing the upheaval of cultural and technological shift. Many leaders in higher education are wrestling with how to reform and restructure, in order to prepare for the future they know is coming (and, in many ways, is already here). I’d encourage them to read my friend Tony Jones’ recent series on “What Seminary Education Ought to Be.”

While students are increasingly frustrated by the burden of incredible tuition debt, the call to seek higher education continues to roll on. Scot McKnight (someone I confused for all the time, no doubt because of our smashing good looks) has written “10 Reasons to Attend Seminary,” but keep in mind he teaches at Northern Seminary in Chicago, so he has to say things like this. (*wink*)

With summer registration deadlines looming, I thought now would be a good time to highlight some of the many degree programs that are now available for those interested in more formal education around missional leadership and church ministry (in no particular order):

I’m sure there are other degree programs that are missing from this. Do you know of others? Please post them (preferably with links for more info) in the comments! I’ll update this post as more information comes in.

  • andrew stephens-rennie

    Wycliffe College (Toronto) has an M.Div and MTS with a Pioneer Track. Pioneer Ministries are Anglican codeword for Missional (http://wycliffecollege.ca/news_details.php?nid=256)

    • http://www.missionalshift.com Steve Knight

      Thanks for this suggestion, Andrew! It’s been added (above).

  • Carol McLaughlin

    Well you might want to add George Fox Evangelical Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Leadershipcohort model since it includes a core focus on missional aspects including Missional Ecclesiology, Missional Leadership and Culture & System Change; Spiritual Formation courses – Knowing Self Knowing God, Spiritual Leadership, Shame & Grace and ministry courses with a component/focus on Communication (w/ Len Sweet @ F2F) and Reconciliation. :)

    • http://www.missionalshift.com Steve Knight

      Thanks for this suggestion, Carol! It’s been added (above).

  • Cody Stauffer

    Hello! Hey, I am actually in a program at Northwest Nazarene University. It is an MDiv. program with a Missional Leadership emphasis! It is fully online (part of their Graduate Theological Online Education, or “GTOE”). The school is located in Nampa, ID. Dr. Thomas Oord is one of the professors in the program.

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    • http://www.missionalshift.com Steve Knight

      Thanks, Cody, I’ve added those (above).

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  • http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk Stephen Skuce

    You might like to take a look at Cliff College’s MA in Mission (FX/Emerging Church) http://www.cliffcollege.ac.uk/page/emerging_church . Its a missional programme running for the last 5 years that includes pioneering a new church as part of the programme. Mostly taken by those based in UK/Europe. It links with Cliff College’s PhD in Missiology which launched in Sep 2011.

    • http://www.missionalshift.com Steve Knight

      Thanks, Stephen, it’s been added (see above)!

  • Andrew Bauman

    We are doing amazing things here at The Seattle School. Come visit http://www.theseattleschool.edu

    • http://www.missionalshift.com Steve Knight

      Indeed! Kudos, Andrew!