the church urgently needs are men and women capable of leading others
toward missional transformation for a future church which has not yet
been imagined." - Alan Roxburgh, DMin, The Missional Network
global culture is experiencing rapid, tumultuous change that is
affecting the very structure and significance of church leadership. As
ministry professionals, we find ourselves in the center of this
transition, facing the challenge of how to re-vision church leadership
to meet the uncharted requirements of being a faithful church in a
postmodern world. With the widening quest for a spiritual dimension to
life––yet a greater breach between the church and society––church
professionals need Spirit-empowered, missional leadership that has a
dynamic impact on the church as well as their local communities.
Through the Missional Leadership Cohort, ministry professionals become
equipped to engage today’s rich diversity of cultures with broadened
perspectives and cutting-edge practices that are grounded in the
Major Themes Covered…
initial phase is focused on leadership and our socio-cultural context and include assessment processes that use frameworks designed to evaluate students' readiness for engaging systems in missional transformation and covers the following:
* Developing missional leaders
* Missional leadership assessment process
* Change, transition, systems and leadership
* Theological basis for missional leadership
Phase two focuses on ecclesiology and works with the processes for developing missional leaders:
* Forming missional systems
* Assessing church readiness for missional change
* Research methods in studying missional congregations
* Missional ecclesiology in the North American context
Phase three focuses on missiology with attention to developing the frameworks and skills for cultivating missional change in students' actual ministry context.
* Engaging missional contexts
* Assessing primary themes and issues with organizational systems related to innovative transformation
* Constructing local theologies in a pluralist culture
final project phase is focused on the development of innovative initiatives toward missional engagements.
* Developing a missional action plan
* Peer evaluation and engagement
* Personal leadership evaluation and “next steps”
Please contact the DMin office for more information on applying: email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 800.999.9578.
Roxburgh, D.Min, one of the founders of the Missional Leadership Network, is a
teacher and consultant in pastoral leadership, denominational transformation and seminary education.
He has been involved in the successful redevelopment of both urban and
small community churches and teaches in several seminaries as an
adjunct professor. Al served as a leader in the Gospel and Our
Culture Network and is the author of several books, including Leadership, Liminality and the Missional Church; Reaching a New Generation; The Missional Leader (with Fred Romanuk); Introducing the Missional Church (with Scott Boren); Misional Map-Making: Skils for Leading in Times of Transition; and Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood, and contributed chapters to Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Darell Guder & Lois Barrett, eds.) and The Missional Church and Denominations: Helping Congregations Develop a Missional Identity (Craig Van Gelder, ed.).
Lau Branson, Ed.D., is the Homer L. Goddard Associate Professor of
Ministry of the Laity at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served in
United Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. His ordination is from an
African-American Pentecostal church, and he brings numerous experiences
in community organizing, economic development, consulting and teaching.
His focus is on forming congregations in which all God’s people become
a learning, worshiping, missional community that values
intergenerational and multicultural life and a full engagement with the
people, cultures, and structures of the surrounding society. His publications include Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities (with Juan Martinez); Conflict and Context: Hermeneutics in the Americas (ed., with Rene
Padilla); Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change; and chapters in The Missional Church in Context (Craig Van Gelder, ed.); The Three Tasks of Leadership (Eric Jacobsen, ed.); and Leadership in Congregations (Richard Bass, ed.).