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IS:Missional Living: Campus, Church, Community, Commerce INTENSIVE STUDIES:CHRM 455-04(CRM27388)/MISS 455-01(CRM27389)(Formally 445)

3.0 Credit Hours
Spring 2012


This introductory seminar develops within the student a paradigm for missional living in whatever arena of life and ministry that student may enter. Missional, here, defines something that is missionary in nature and extends God’s kingdom. Thus a marketplace minister lives missionally in the marketplace, extending God’s kingdom in this arena as a missionary. Using discussions, participant observation and interviews, this course will explore how to live missionally as a marketplace minister, community organizer, church leader, church-planter, campus missionary, family member, and/or as an individual.

Honors Distinctives: None
Prerequisites: None (Recommended: THE 103)
Course Fee: None


This course is designed to do the following:

  1. Introduce the student to the missional concept as it relates to the extension of the kingdom of God into any arena of life.
  2. Help the student develop a missional paradigm through which to look at the whole of life and living.
  3. Help the student discover practical ways to be missional as a marketplace minister, community organizer, church leader, church-planter, campus missionary, family member, and/or as an individual.
  4. Provide an experimental opportunity for the student to employ a missional strategy in a personally selected arena so as to extend God’s kingdom and bring some observable transformation to that arena.


As a result of successful class sessions and assigned work, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Explain scripturally the missional concept as it applies to a personally-selected arena of that student’s life and ministry, thus demonstrating Spirit-led contextualization of the concept.
  2. Articulate from the Bible an understanding of the concept of the kingdom of God and the extension of God’s kingdom into all areas of life and ministry.
  3. Express the evangelistic results of living missionally in bringing transformation and redemption to society and culture.
  4. Discuss how living missionally amends and mandates our attitudes and conduct, personally and communally.
  5. Analyze the personally-selected context to creatively define practical ways in which the student, as a missionary, could impact that context to bring Kingdom Transformation.
  6. Be acquainted with some of the literature that applies the missional concept to church-planting, the college campus, and the community/marketplace.
  7. Discuss the need to individually live a missional life that is in balance and integrated with all dimensions of the whole life concept.
  8. Be acquainted with various models of church-planting and campus ministry and the kind of leadership required for each model.
  9. Develop an appreciation for cultural differences through experimental assignments: participant observation at a punk rock bar; interviews with three non-Christians: 1) Muslim 2) homosexual 3) homeless.


A.         Required Materials

Stetzer, Ed and David Putman. Breaking the Missional Code. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2006. ISBN: 0-8054-4359-2

Roxburgh, Alan J. and M. Scott Boren. Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How To Become One. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-8010-7212-3

Ma, Jaeson. The Blueprint: A Revolutionary Plan To Plant Missional Communities on Campus. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-8307-4408-4

Gibbs, Eddie and Ryan K. Bolger. Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005. ISBN: 0-8010-2715-2

B.  Optional Materials

Russell, Mark L. The Missional Entrepreneur: Principles and Practices for Business as Mission. Burmingham, AL: New Hope Publishers, 2009. ISBN: 1-5966-9278-2

Eldred, Ken. The Integrated Life: Experience the Powerful Advantage of Integrating Your Faith and Work. Montrose, CO: Manna Ventures, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-9840911-1-9

Eldred, Ken. God Is At Work: Transforming People and Nations Through Business. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2005. ISBN: 0-8307-3806-1

Lawson, II, Eldridge Leo. Passion Church: The Parallel-Church Planting of a Postmodern Campus Church. Downloadable Dissertation at Fuller Theological Seminary.


This course meets Tuesday and Thursday in Christ Chapel from 10:50 a.m. -12:05 p.m.

Week 1: The Missional Paradigm: A Mindset for Societal Transformation
Assignment: Participant Observation of Punk Rock Bar Responding to Question Format. Read Stetzer’s Breaking the Missional Code.

Week 2: The Marketplace as a Mission Field.
Assignment: Report of Participant Observation Responses to Question Format (4 page minimum.)

Week 3: Community Development as Mission
Assignment Due: Finish Stetzer and turn in a minimum of 5 page interaction paper.

Week 4: Campus Ministry: A Most Strategic Mission Field
Assignment: Read Ma’s The Blueprint

Week 5: Para-Church Campus Ministry
Assignment: In a pair of two people, interview a same-gendered Muslim and write a 2 page report.

Week 6: Parallel-Church Planting and Parallel-Campus Ministry
Assignment: In a pair of two people, interview a same-gendered homosexual and write a 2 page report.

Week 7: On-Campus Church Campus Ministry
Assignment: Finish Ma and turn in a minimum 5 page interaction paper.

Week 8: Church Based Campus Ministry
Assignment: Read Roxburgh and Boren’s Introducing the Missional Church.

Week 9: Strategic Missional Church Planting
Assignment: In a pair of two people, interview a same gendered homeless person and write a 2 page report.

Week 10: Campus-Outreach Oriented Churches
Assignment: Finish Roxburgh and Boren and turn in a minimum 5 page interaction paper.

Week 11: Campus Outreach Oriented Church Planting
Assignment: Read Gibbs & Bolger’s Emerging Churches

Week 12: House Church Planting
Assignment: Outline for Missional Strategy Integration Paper applying the missional concept to a personally selected arena of life and ministry (min. 10 pages)

Week 13: Simple (House) Campus-Church Planting Movements
Assignment: Rough draft of Missional Strategy Integration Paper’s Introduction and beginning of the Body of paper

Week 14: Planting an Emerging Church
Assignment: Finish Gibbs & Bolger and turn in minimum 5 page interaction paper.

Week 15: Models of Planting Community-Outreach Oriented Churches
Assignment: Rough Draft of Missional Strategy Integration Paper

Week 16: Living Missionally Individually and in Family
Assignment: Final 10 page Missional Strategy Integration Paper completed and turned in.