Activating Missional Communities

The missional church movement, through a renewed focus on the mission of God as revealed by Jesus and empowered by the Spirit, is challenging Christians to rethink concepts and practices related to mission, discipleship, spirituality and leadership. A missional church fashions its practices on the belief that just as the Father has sent the Son and Spirit into the world to accomplish the purposes of the Father, so too has the church been sent into the world. A church configured to express this missional nature will see God differently, read Scripture in a new light, and give birth to new expressions of mission in the neighborhoods and nations next door. Asbury’s Doctor of Ministry Program is partnering with Forge America to convene this cohort conversation. Participants will be introduced to the missional network paradigm of Forge’s pastors/theologians, authors/activists, and disciples/missionaries, all with the intent to help learners assess and apply missional readiness. Participants in this cohort will:

  • Apply biblical, theological and historical depth to discerning the operative paradigms influencing U.S. congregations at macro (institutional) and micro (local congregation) levels.
  • Understand the paradigm shifts generated by the missional church movement and apply them to missional forms of church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.
  • Evaluate and employ the distinct teachings of the Forge America Mission Training Network to discover new forms of missional-incarnational life and ministry, especially gaining insights into leadership that sustains missional communities and activates missional movements.
  • Generate a working theory for their ministry intervention by establishing a biblical, theological, missiological, and theoretical warrant for research endeavors.
  • Conduct on-the-ground, action-reflection learning in partial collaboration with the Forge Mission Training Network and members of the cohort.
  • Produce a Ministry Transformation Project (dissertation).

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Cohort Syllabi

DMAMC915 Seminar I New Paradigms for Missional Transformation
DMAMC916 Seminar II Missional Perspectives
DMAMC917 Seminar III Missional Discipleship
DMAMC918 Seminar IV Missional Leadership


Alan HirschAlan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge America Mission Training Network. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become missional movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. His experience includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized, developing training systems for innovative missional leadership, and heading up the mission and revitalization work of his denomination.

Scott NelsonDr. Scott Nelson serves as the Director of Theology for the Forge America Mission Training Network and earned his Ph.D. in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He is the author of the five Forge Guides for Missional Conversation (InterVarsity Press) and loves the thrill of helping people discover how God is calling them to participate in His mission to the world. Scott and his family live as missionaries in their condominium complex and have recently planted a missional community/house church that is attempting to discover how to be a missional church in the suburbs of Chicago. When he is not participating in the missional church conversation through his writings, studies, or teaching, Scott enjoys a wide variety of athletic activities (particularly running, tennis, and disc golf), board games of all kinds, and sharing meals with neighbors, friends, and anyone else God sends his way.

michael_frostDr. Michael Frost is an internationally recognized Australian missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. His books are required reading in colleges and seminaries around the world and he is much sought after as an international conference speaker.  Frost is the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia, since 1999. He is also an adjunct professor with Northern Seminary in the United States. He is the author or editor of sixteen theological books, the most recent of which are the popular and award-winning, The Shaping of Things to Come (2003), Exiles (2006), The Road to Missional (2011) and Incarnate (2014). These books explore a missional framework for the church in a postmodern era. Frost’s work has been translated into German, Korean, Swedish, Portuguese and Spanish. Their popularity has seen him regularly speaking at conferences across the US, the UK and Europe, and as far afield as Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow. He was one of the founders of the Forge Mission Training Network and the founder of the missional Christian community, Small Boat Big Sea, based in Manly in Sydney’s north. He was the weekly religion columnist for The Manly Daily for over a decade and helped establish Action Against Poverty, a localized micro-financing agency, linking the cities of Manly and Manado, an impoverished Indonesian community. He was instrumental in launching Street Pastors Manly, a church-based initiative aimed at curbing alcohol-related violence.