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MA Mission (Pioneer Mission in the 21st Century (PMTC))

MA, Diploma and Certificate (part time)

Fed up of seeing the Church do the same things in the same ways with the same results? Longing to see the Church break out in creative new forms to bring the life-giving message of the gospel afresh to a desperate world? PMTC offers a great opportunity to explore cutting-edge issues in pioneering mission.

Whether called ‘missional Church’, ‘radical Church’, or ‘fresh expressions of Church’, this programme is designed for lay or ordained persons – from all traditions – who are interested in examining, pioneering or leading such initiatives in ministry through the discipline of postgraduate level study and personal research. We explore, critique and reflect upon contemporary and creative new ways of being and doing church that many hold as key to the future of Christianity in our contemporary culture. If you are looking for a programme on the front line of 21st-century mission, this is the one for you!

Course Details

There are two main units of study which cover a range of themes:

PMTC1: Contemporary Culture, the Gospel and Pioneer Mission

Main themes include:

  • engaging culture, gospel and the Church
  • legacy of Christian influence
  • church, society and state
  • radical inculturated proclamation
  • post-Christendom mission
  • approaches to pioneer mission

PMTC2: Pioneer Movements and Fresh Expressions of Church

Main themes include:

  • pioneer mission and the essence of the church
  • post-Christendom church planting
  • missional movements/monuments
  • reformation pioneering
  • real church in a virtual world
  • theology of Fresh Expressions

Students who successfully complete these two units will obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Mission (Pioneer Mission in the 21st Century). Students wishing to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Mission (Pioneer Mission in the 21st Century) may take these two units and any two other units from the programme, plus a dissertation for the MA.