The Certificate in Missional Innovation can be earned within the M.Div. degree and is intended to provide training in contextual evangelism and church planting for students interested in innovative forms of ministry. 

The focus of the certificate is to equip students in the theory and practices of hospitality, community formation, Christian spiritual formation, and neighboring so that they are ready to start and lead deeply contextualized new faith communities. Students are exposed to a wide array of new church starts including missional networks, new monastic communities, social enterprise, and traditional church starts. Field education placements connect students with missional practitioners who are engaged in new faith community development.


The requirements for the certificate are:

  • Completion of two core courses:
    • NEWTEST 808: “The Life of Paul”
    • PAR 780: “The Missional Church and Evangelism,” or PAR 790: “Missio Ecclesia: God’s Mission of Empowerment"
  • Completion of a third, elective course from a list of approved course options (PDF)
  • Participation in a dedicated year-long advanced spiritual formation group
  • Completion of a field education placement under the close supervision of a recognized church planter or pioneer currently gathering, converting, and discipling
  • Attendance at an annual event where practitioners discuss mission and evangelism, OR attendance at an equivalent intensive and relevant course of instruction as approved by the directors

Forms and information for current students »

For more information, contact one of the faculty directors:

Douglas Campbell
Professor of New Testament

Laceye Warner
Royce and Jane Reynolds Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies

Jeff Conklin-Miller
E. Stanley Jones Assistant Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Christian Formation and the Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow