What will I learn with a Missional Multiplication degree?
The Master of Arts in Missional Multiplication (MAMM) prepares men and women to serve the Lord in a variety of ministry settings, both globally and locally. Those who are considering the call of God to serve as cross-cultural missionaries, church planters, pastors, or parachurch leaders will especially benefit from this concentration of study.
Although not everyone will relocate to a foreign land, the “world” has come to virtually every community through technology, if not immigration. Every believer is called to live missionally and to be “on mission” with God wherever He may lead us. One of the most effective means of reaching people for Christ and helping them to grow is through the planting of gathered communities of believers. This emphasis will prepare leaders to shed a maintenance-mentality and contribute to a church multiplication movement. With an increased awareness of global concerns and a desire to connect with people from every cultural group, the need for contextualization and cross-cultural understanding is relevant to most (if not all) vocations.
The MAMM concentration will enable students to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities around us and equip them with the biblical, theological, and missiological perspectives and tools they need to build effective bridges and make a difference in the world for Christ.
Additional Benefits of the MA in Missional Multiplication:
- Complete program in only 2 years (4 semesters), a total of 36 credit hours!
- 100% online – so students can further their education wherever they go!
- Affordably priced – with Graduate Leadership Scholarships available!
- Accredited – by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Missional Multiplication Course Requirements
Master of Arts in Missional Multiplication (12 credit hours)
MAMM512: Church Multiplication (3) – The Great Commission uttered by Jesus urges believers to “go and make disciples of all nations.” One of the most effective forms of evangelism and making disciples involves the planting of new gatherings of believers. This class examines the biblical foundations, effective methodologies, best practices, and reproducible plans for church multiplication that can extend globally to people in any cultural context. Special attention is given to understanding the diversity of roles and leadership needed to plant churches, the importance of individual coaching, and the value of finding the best fit for an individual to flourish in church multiplication activities.
MAMM522: Cross-Cultural Ministry in Local Perspective (3) – A study of the principles, goals, and strategies related to current practice in international ministries within the Unites States, with transferable concepts relative to cross-cultural ministries in any region. The course will introduce students to the complex issues related to the interdisciplinary process of entering a culture other than their own within the United States with the purpose of initiating an effective ministry. Students will study transcultural issues and examine their own commitment and preparation to make contextual adjustment required to accurately and effectively communicate biblical truth in culturally sensitive ways.
MAMM532: Cross-Cultural Ministry in Global Perspective (3) – Recognizing that effective leadership requires strenuous contextualization, this course explores the missiological implications of serving Christ in an increasingly diverse, complex, and interdependent world. Students will be challenged to think globally and act locally as they seek to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission.
MAMM542: Quaker Missions (3) – God has not called Quakers to reach everyone in the world for Christ by themselves, but there is a portion of the Great Commission for which they will be held accountable. This course investigates the advent and worldwide spread of Friends through humanitarian aid, the proclamation of the gospel, the planting of churches, and the rise of cross- cultural missions. Special attention is given to the engagement of Friends in world missions over the past 150 years.
Master's Course Requirements
Theology Core (15 credit hours)
MABI511: Old Testament Hermeneutics (3) – God’s revelation through the Old Testament illuminates His timely message and timeless story for His people, while also providing the context and foundation for the New Testament. In this class, students will investigate the richness of the Old Testament and its relevance for today, including the principles and procedures for its interpretation, application, and exposition.
MABI521: New Testament Hermeneutics (3) – The narrative of Christ and His Church, foreshadowed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament, provides the framework for Christian faith and practice. This class in Biblical interpretation and exegesis focuses on the life and teachings of Christ, the experience of believers, and the eternal hope of the Church as recorded in the gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic literature.
MATH531: Christian Theology (3) – This class investigates the essential teachings of the evangelical Christian faith, with special attention given to the person and work of Christ, sin and salvation, the role of the Holy Spirit, the life of the Church, and contemporary theological issues. Students will become better equipped to apply and articulate theological convictions in ministry settings.
MATH541: The History of Christianity (3) – This course addresses the major events, issues, personalities, and movements that shape and define the story of the Christian Church. Topics such as the birth and growth of the Early Church, the threat of persecution, the rise of monasticism, the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon, the Reformation, the Great Awakenings, ecumenical efforts, and the globalization of the gospel provide a deeper understanding of the Church and a relevant perspective for ministry today.
MAMM513: The Missional Church (3) – We may not all be called to serve Christ as missionaries in a foreign land, but we are all called to be “on mission with God” wherever He may lead us. In this course, students are challenged to examine their purpose and calling in life, maximize their capacity to build bridges, learn to lead others in missional living, and bear faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ both at home and around the world.
Research and Application (9 credit hours)
MARA523: Research Methods (3) – This course is an introduction to the research methods that are applicable in a variety of academic and organizational settings, including both quantitative and qualitative strategies that are commonly used in a graduate Capstone project.
MARA533: Applied Research I: Field Experience (3) – In this research and application course, students will identify and begin to investigate a potential Capstone project that relates to their chosen concentration of graduate studies. Through practical examination, each student will focus on their field of study using a variety of potential methods, some of which may include: field experience, literature review, and other forms of data collection.
MARA543: Applied Research II: Church Health and Growth (Capstone Project) (3) – This course involves the completion of a written Capstone project that serves as the culmination of a student’s research and their graduate school experience. Students will integrate their research findings with their chosen area of concentration, making application to life, service, and leadership today. In addition, each student will demonstrate their acquisition of scholarship, critical thinking, creativity, and written communication skills.
Jim LeShana, Ph.D.
Director of Missional Multiplication
Ph.D. (History) University of California, Riverside; M.Div. (Ministry) Azusa Pacific University; M.A. (Theology and Marriage and Family Ministries) Fuller Theological Seminary; M.A. (History) University of California; B.A. George Fox University