SAMPLE ECD (Expanded Course Description)


MA in Global Leadership Cohort Online Class

DESCRIPTION: This course begins with the premise that the church exists on behalf of the mission of God in and for of the world God loves. What, then, should the people of faith be equipped and prepared to be and do in the contexts where they planted? Further, how are leaders equipped and prepared to foster the type of habits and practices that carry out God’s mission globally? This course explores the nature, identity and purpose of the people of God, as well as the leadership required to lead congregations and people of faith into interpretive engagement with their contexts; both local and global. The course assists leaders in the development of a missional ecclesiology, and a framework to lead their church/organization to explore and enhance capacities forredemptive formation andengagement. As such the intersection of the fields of theology, ecclesiology, missiology and leadership will be the focus of the course.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon the successful completion of the course, students will have: (1) gained theological perspective on the issues of Trinitarian ecclesiology and leadership; (2) gained understanding of ecclesiology and missiology from both historical and contemporary perspectives; (3) discerned and assessed their own church’s/organization’s ecclesial identity and mission paradigm; (4) assessed their faith community’s current praxis, and considered future steps from the perspective of a holistic missional ecclesiology; (5) eveloped a leadership strategy, including theological, methodological, and behavioral dimensions, for personal and congregational missional formation.

COURSE FORMAT: This course will be conducted via the Internet on a ten-week schedule aligned with Fuller’s academic calendar. Students are required to interact with the material, with each other, and with the instructor regularly through journaling, online discussions, reading, and other assignments that promote active learning.

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: If you have previously read any of the required texts, please select an alternative text from the Recommended Reading list or a book approved by the instructor.

Ecclesiology and Mission (1). Selected articles in International Review of Mission, Vol. XC, No. 358 (July 2001). (In shell)

Fuder, John, and Noel Castellanos. A Heart for the Community. Chicago: Moody, 2009. ISBN 0802491316 price: $22.79.

Karkkainen, Veli-Matti. An Introduction to Ecclesiology. InterVarsity, 2002. ISBN: 9780830826889. Pub. price: $12.65.

Roxburgh, A.J. Missional Map-Making: Skills for Leading in Times of Transition. Jossey-Bass, 2010. ISBN: 978-0470486726. Pub. price: $16.95.

Van Engen, C. E. God's Missionary People. Baker, 1991. ISBN: 9780801093111. Pub. price: $24.00.

Supplemental reading packet in the course shell include required and recommended readings.


Barrett, Lois ed. Treasure in Clay Jars. Eerdmans, 2004. ISBN: 9780802826923. Pub. price: $20.00.

Bergquist, Linda, and Allan Karr. Church Turned Inside Out. Jossey-Bass, 2009. ISBN: 9780470383179. Pub. price: $24.95.

Fikkert, Brian. When Helping Hurts. Moody, 2009 ISBN: 9780802457059. Pub. price $10.19.

Goodwin, Craig. Year of Plenty. Sparkhouse Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-1451400748. Pub. Price $10.36.

Minatrea, Milfred. Shaped by God’s Heart. Jossey-Bass, 2004. ISBN: 9780787971113. Pub. price: $16.95.

Robinson, Martin. Invading Secular Space. Kregel, 2004. ISBN: 9780825460500. Pub. price $4.91.

Van Gelder, C., and D. Zscheile. The Missional Church in Perspective. Baker, 2011. ISBN: 978-0801039133. Publ Price: $14.99.

Volf, Miroslav. After Our Likeness. Eerdmans, 1997. ISBN: 978-0802844408. Pub. Price: $22.07.


  1. Weekly Threaded Discussions (15%), Journaling (10%), Web research (5%)
  2. Five Reading Reports (25%)
  3. Completed Readings Report (5%)
  4. 25-30 page Five-section Final Paper (40%)

PREREQUISITES: This course is only available to those who are accepted into the MA in Global Leadership.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: A required course for the Cohort portion of the MA in Global Leadership. NO AUDITORS.


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.

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