MASTER OF MISSIONAL CONGREGATION
In the coming decades vital questions will need to be answered with regard to the future of Christianity in Europe, in particular in The Netherlands. There is a great need for missional renewal. With this in mind we kick started the Master program Missional Church (MMC) in 2009.The MMC is one among the nine variants of the one year Master of General Theology program that is being offered at the Theological University in Kampen. It involves a Master's program focusing on missions, taking as its context post-Christian Europe. The program seeks to develop well-formed students who feel called to take leadership in missions and evangelism in Western, secular surroundings. The context of an existing congregation or organization, as well as the founding of new congregations are part of the focus.The MMC cooperates with other theological training institutes in the Dutch language area.
1. Extent and Organization
The MMC counts for 60 European credits, which is the equivalent of 1680 study hours (1 EC = 28 study hours). This is the total amount of study time, including classes.
The Theological University Kampen is a university in the Reformed tradition. Students from various denominational backgrounds study at our university. The one year Master program is explicitly intended for a broad spectrum of students. Anybody respecting the Reformed principles of the university is welcome, provided one can meet the educational requirements.
2.2 Second admissions and cooperation
We have reached agreements with other theological educational institutions regarding second enrollments and the use of credits. This applies to the following institutions in particular:
The purpose of this cooperation is to enable students who wish to build up a profile in missional studies at one of these institutes to do this in the most efficient way, choosing from among what is offered at the different institutes.
Missiology is the theological discipline that studies the path of Christian faith throughout the world, specifically where boundaries are crossed. Missiology comes into action where Christians and churches leave their "comfort zones" and as a result are confronted with new situations and contexts. The perspective from which missiology works as a theological discipline is one of faith: everything is seen within the context of God's purpose for this world.
When we apply this to the context in which the MMC program takes place (post-Christian Europe) it means that students in the MMC program will:
Most modules are so designed that these four central themes come back time and again.
3.2 Learning goals based on three dimensions
In the MMC program we focus on the content of three dimensions: theology, personal engagement, and acting within the context of a community. . The learning goals in each dimension of the MMC are as follows:
Acting in Community
The MMC program is structured in 7 modules, following trajectory ending in graduation, in which the student independently investigates a specific topic and reports about this in a paper. Each separate module counts for 6 EC (=168 study hours)and the full trajectory for graduation consists of 18 EC. The structure is as follows:
One of the modules is the so called 'Integration module', meant for all one year Master programs at the TU in Kampen. This module is taught by a variety of teachers. In this module you receive a broad orientation to various aspects of Reformed Theology in our day and age.
The other five modules are taught at the TU in Kampen. Fulltime students participate in all modules in one study year. Parttime students may elect certain modules, but the module 'Missions in post-Christian Europe' is always to be followed in the first year. We recommend you follow a total of four modules in the first year of a part time study, so sufficient time is left for the graduation program in the second year.
4.2 What a module looks like
Apart from slight variations all modules have the same components. The four practical-theological tasks, mentioned in 3.2 are leading here:
Obviously the emphasis on these four main tasks is not the same in weight in each module but is dependent on the themes and topics being studied.
4.3 An overview of the modules contentwise
What follows is a brief overview of the content of the central modules of the MMC.
Missions in post Christian Europe
This module is an introduction to missiology and the history of missions in Europe, with an emphasis on the 20th century. The massive changes that have taken place in Europe in the 20th century will be part of the introductory material being studied using recent sociological and cultural philosophical research as well. The focal point of this module is a growing awareness of the questions being posed en an exploration of the possibilities of missions in Europe in the 21st century.
In this module we focus on the idea of 'belonging'. The question we will ask ourselves is what missional teaching about the church involves and how it can be recognized at the level of the local church, which is the 'work floor' as it were of missions. Different types of missionairy communities will be looked at and we will give attention to post-modern ecclesiologies as well.
In this module we talk about the different aspects to the ideas of 'believing', 'behaving' and 'belonging'. This is related to the idea of 'coaching': a process in which seekers and young christians are accompanied on their way towards spiritual growth and discipleship. We will pay attention to traditions that have evolved in this area and to the question of how to give form in practice to this missional coaching.
Here we focus on the idea of 'believing'. We will use literature, our own experience and other practical examples to ask ourselves the question how we can articulate the gospel in our contemporary culture. In this module we will also analyze current methods of evangelism.
The term leadership is controversial in Europe and yet we all realize leadership is something that is normal in all aspects of life. In this module we will discuss what it means to give leadership in a missionary context (leadership in mission). Besides looking at various important contemporary research we will also thoroughly explore the theological component. We will also give a lot of attention to the personal development of the student, spiritually, personally and professionally. The making and discussion of a competence scan forms part of this module.
Elective (your own choice)
One module of the seven is a free choice one under the following conditions:
Contact your study advisor for ideas how to make use of the elective at an other institution.
5.Names and addresses
5.1 Coördinator MMC
5.2 Coördinator of Education
5.3 Secretary of the examcommittee TUK
5.4 International officer