SAMPLE ECD (Expanded Course Description)


This course is part of the MA in Global Leadership two week Seminar 2 in Pasadena.

ML565A (2 units) is week 1 of the two week Seminar 2 in Pasadena: ML565B (2 units) is online in the following quarter.

ML583A (2 units) is week 2 of the two week Seminar 2 in Pasadena: ML583B (2 units) is online in the following quarter.                                                                                                                                                                                                          


This course sequence primarily serves as a capstone to the cohort portion of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership. Students will be required to demonstrate competencies consistent with the stated learning outcomes of the MAGL degree through a combination of discussions, small group projects, presentations, reading reports, field trips and a final integrative paper. They will have the opportunity to reflect upon and synthesize their learning in the MAGL, to focus on key discoveries and transformative themes that have impacted their lives and their ministries, and to understand more deeply the implications of Christian faith and praxis in their ministry context. The work for this course sequence (4-units) spans 2 quarters. Part A – pre-seminar work and in-class activities: students will meet in Pasadena for a one week campus summation and urban experience with other cohort members; and Part B – post-seminar work and final paper.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: As a result of this course sequence students will have

  • assessed their learning throughout the cohort courses against their own learning plans and the stated MAGL learning outcomes;
  • built on prior knowledge and synthesized all previous coursework through the writing of an integration paper about the transformative themes of the degree program;
  • presented their learning to the class and gained feedback from their peers;
  • exegeted urban Los Angeles and a local context from a missiological perspective;
  • decided on a revised ‘community rule’ now that the cohort portion of the program is completed.


ML583A will meet for the second week of a required two-week intensive residency for the MA in Global Leadership from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The course will include one traveling day (public transportation) in Los Angeles for field education. Before the on-campus seminar, students will (1) prepare a presentation of “their story” including an outline of their capstone writing project; (2) read Bakke, Gorringe, and the book assigned for a panel discussion; and (3) prepare Reading Reports on Bakke and Gorringe (see syllabus for type of report for each book) and upload them to the Drop Box for the seminar class before the first day of class. Sessions are designed to facilitate student learning through discussion, clarifying lectures, opportunities to teach, group-building exercises, field education, and collaboration on research. ML583B will involve post-seminar readings of four texts and completion of assignments in the students’ ministry contexts after they return home.

SAMPLE: Do not order books from this ECD. Check the link to the course in the appropriate quarter for your cohort via the Registrar's Course Schedule.

REQUIRED READING: 1,200 pages from seven of the following required texts not previously read:*

Urban Theology/Missiology

Bakke, Raymond J. A Theology as Big as the City. InterVarsity Press, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0830818907. Pub. List Price: $17.00.

Gorringe, Timothy. A Theology of the Built Environment: Justice, Empowerment, Redemption. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN-13: 978-0521891448. Pub List Price: $32.99.

Issues Arising from Globalization

Escobar, Samuel. The New Global Mission. InterVarsity Press, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0830833016. Pub. List Price: $16.00.

Ramachandra, Vinoth. Faiths in Conflict? InterVarsity Press, 2000. ISBN-13: 978-0830815586. Pub. List Price: $20.00.

Leadership – select two from the three texts below

Frost, Michael. Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture. Hendrickson, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1565636705. Pub. List Price: $19.00.

Ra, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. Downers Grove, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0830833603. Pub. List Price: $12.00.

Mancini, Will. Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement. Jossey-Bass, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0787996833. Pub. List Price: $23.95.

Lest We Loose Sight of the Goal

Willard, Dallas. The Great Omission. Harper San Francisco, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0060882433. Pub. List Price: $23.99.


ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT (subject to change as the course progresses):

ML583A (Summer 2013)

Seminar participation (67% of grade) includes:

  1. General Participation in discussions/group work, etc. (10%)
  2. Oral Presentation and Final Paper Outline (37%)
  3. Book Review Panel—book assigned prior to seminar (20%)

Work completed outside of on-campus seminar:

  1. Urban Exegesis Papers (6-8 pages) (27%)
  2. Two 500-word (two-page) reading reports on Bakke, Gorringe completed prior to seminar (6%)

ML583B (Fall 2013)

  1. Five 500-word (two-page) reading reports for the remaining required texts (15%)
  2. Updated Learning Plan (2%)
  3. A Reflection Paper (3-5 pages) on MAGL Learning Outcomes (10%)
  4. A Final Paper (25 pages) integrating the transformative themes of the degree program (73%)

PREREQUISITES: This course sequence is only available to MA in Global Leadership students.


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: This two-quarter sequence, ML583A&B, is part of the required MAGL cohort series of courses. NO AUDITORS.



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