Certificate in Missional Leadership Program
This three year part-time vocational program is designed to produce competent missional leaders and church planters by training them in a theologically-integrated, hands-on approach to leadership in local ministry contexts. Graduates will be well prepared to lead churches and start new churches with missional DNA as they will have already had experience leading at multiple levels – in some cases they will have already developed missional communities or core launch teams within their own target ministry context as part of their training. Time requirements and other details of this program are outlined below. This program can be completed in either an English or French language context and assignments can be submitted in either language, however some elements of instruction and required readings are only available in English at this time.
- Spiritual Vitality
- Theological Clarity
- Conviction & Commendation
- Marriage, Family, & Home
- Disciple Making
- Missional Lifestyle
- Visionary Leadership
- Organizational Leadership
- Ability to Teach
- Entrepreneurial Aptitude
Students also focus their leadership skills through at least one of the following practicums:
- Church Planting
- Cross-Cultural Ministry
- Mission & Entrepreneurship
- Ministry to Children & Youth
- Church Operations
- Worship Direction
- 1400+ hours of gospel-centred theological study and practical leadership experience in-context (Masters level training)
- Prepares students for Acts 29, C2C, and Soma assessments
- Holistic development shapes students’ knowledge, comprehension, conviction, character, competence, capacity, critique
- Part-time training fits bi-vocational situations
- No need to relocate from ministry context
- Pipeline approach promotes core-team development
- Train under the mentorship of missional leaders familiar with your context
- Mentoring leaders have significant impact on emerging leaders
- Students provide significant contribution to host church
- Build extensive relational network with emerging leaders from across Canada
- Peer learning, collaboration, and encouragement are integral
- Students begin to develop a leadership pipeline through their training
- Host church develops capacity to train future leaders
- Can be finished in less than 10 hours/week (includes study & practical ministry) in your local context
- Intensive residential sessions with leaders from across Canada
- Regular interaction with a cohort of leaders from your region
- Participation in a pastoral retreat (in conjunction with your denomination/network/family of churches)
Coursework must be engaged on a consistent timeline, assignments submitted according to schedule, and online exams taken during the window of availability. There are four venues for work and evaluation in the program:
- Independent study – this consists primarily of directed academic exposures to course content available online or via selected published texts, as well as submission of assignments and online exams
- Leadership practicum – this includes exposures to leadership, co-leading or apprentice type roles, and practical leadership experiences within the local church that develop and reinforce target competencies
- Residential training sessions – these intense training experiences put mentors and students in close contact for personally stretching encounters including hands-on training, peer learning, and student-instructor interaction
- Regional cohort days – these interactive gatherings with peers from within your region will focus on discussion of selected gospel-based subjects, as well as sharing lessons learned and challenges and victories from your personal ministry context
The general progression of leadership formation moves from individual and interpersonal skills and ministry, to group leadership and multiplication, to systems and sustainable ministry practices and leadership development.
Cost for training is $225/month. These fees cover student costs of all instruction and training, faculty/tutor support, evaluation, and transcripts and certificate. These fees do not include the costs of books and materials, travel, lodging or meals during residential training, pastoral retreat fees, or any official course credit or degree fees pursued in conjunction with the training. This cost may be subsidized through sponsorships, scholarships, and/or fundraising. Personal training for fundraising is included in the program.
Students will earn credit for all successfully completed coursework toward Academy in Context’s “Certificate in Missional Leadership”. Transcripts will be provided at student’s request in order to receive university or seminary credit toward a Bachelor’s or a Masters degree. Academy in Context is in the process of developing a partnership that will enable students who graduate our Certificate in Missional Leadership program to simultaneously earn a seminary degree. Such an option will incur additional costs from the partner school.
Vocational training is offered in partnership with students, practitioner-mentors, and academy faculty and tutors. The effectiveness of leadership formation, therefore, is dependent not only on the curriculum and the faculty, but on student initiative and proactive mentorship and support from existing leaders on the ground.
In order to be admitted to the vocational program, students must have demonstrated a strong commitment to gospel-centred living by exhibiting spiritual fruit and service in the church and be on a growth trajectory that reflects a calling and capacity for vocational leadership, as recognized by other leaders. They must also commit to making the necessary time investment in the program, including participation in all training days and residential sessions throughout the duration of their program.
Each student must have access to a local church context or church planting context in which an existing missional leader is close enough to provide mentorship and support. This leader-mentor must also demonstrate the same gospel commitments and have had sufficient missional leadership experience out of which they can speak into the student’s life and work. They must currently serve in a position from which they can adequately support the student throughout the formation process. Mentors will work closely with students to facilitate necessary exposures and serving opportunities, such as: access to other leaders; preaching and teaching; caring and counseling; exposures to operations, administration, and strategic planning; serving and leading within a small group context; and engaging with the church – both gathered and scattered.
As partners in the leadership development process and in a manner consistent with their role in the church, practitioner-mentors must expect to make a significant investment of time and energy as they coach and facilitate leadership opportunities for the student. Each mentoring relationship and each ministry leadership context will be different, so it is difficult to predict the exact number of hours and extent of contact that will be required. Therefore, the best relationships between mentors and students are those in which there is a mutual understanding and commitment spelled out from the beginning. The academy faculty will assist and support both student and mentor throughout the formation process. The returns to the mentoring leader and the benefits to the church will easily justify the investment, but this depends to a great extent on the posture of the host church.
Situations in which the student has already set out to plant a church without the support of a nearby mentor or coach will be considered, but will be at the discretion of the admissions committee. The main considerations will be whether a qualified mentor can be identified and whether the structure within the leadership context is adequate for the training objectives to be achieved.