Two years of Study Together
Topics include teamwork and decision-making in the midst of diversity, supervisor and peer communication, and the influence of technology on communication. We are looking for those who desire to grow in leadership communication understanding and practice, while still active in serving others through the ministry roles they have.
The program is 22 months long, including intensives embedded in each of the four distance learning modules. Candidates engage an online platform at least weekly, responding to assigned readings and discussing course content as they integrate new insights with past experience. Master's level research and writing builds through the coursework and culminates in a final capstone or thesis project.
The Trinity, Community, and Communication
(Sept 19, 2022 – Feb 10, 2023)
Residential Intensive: Oct 20 – Oct 28, 2022, location to be confirmed.
What principles of team-based communication are implicit in the biblical doctrine of the Trinity? In what way is the incarnational ministry model of Jesus a model for communication? How do these apply in our contexts today? This module looks to lay a foundation that starts with who God is, integrating an introduction to the academic study of communication theory, within the context of practicing missional Christian community.
Technology, Communication, and Research
(Mar 13, 2023 – July 28, 2023)
Residential Intensive dates: April 20 – April 28, 2023, location to be confirmed.
This module explores implications of technological development on team-based communication, specifically for us as a global movement committed to engaging the emerging generation. Where are current trends taking us? What changes are we advised to make? This module also introduces communication research, and aims to start candidates on an empirical research strategy toward the thesis or capstone.
(Aug 28, 2023 – Jan 26, 2024)
Residential Intensive dates: Oct 26 – Nov 4, 2024. Location to be confirmed.
This module considers intercultural dynamics in a global movement. How does our culture of origin affect the way we define what good teamwork and good communication looks like? What is our ideal of community? How do we handle our differences? How might we better leverage our diversity as strength rather than as a challenge to overcome?
Team-based Culture, Leadership, and Consensus
(Feb 19, 2024 – June 28, 2024)
Intensive dates: June 21 – June 28, 2024. Location to be confirmed.
This module considers how our movement’s culture shapes us and how we can shape it, the influence of context on what healthy leadership communication looks like, and the pursuit of consensus in decision-making across differences of culture, conviction, and gender. How does our diversity reflect the image of God and protect us from ourselves?