Missional Leadership I: Participating in God’s Life and Love for the World

Online: Monday, August 10 – Monday, September 28, 2020
Monday, August 17, evening
Monday, August 24, evening
Saturday, September 5, morning
Monday, September 14, evening
*Please note, these are subject to change, based on conversation between the instructor and those enrolled in the course.

What is the church here for? How can we understand mission in a world in which the church no longer holds cultural privilege? What is God up to in the neighborhood and how are we gifted and called to join in God’s mission to and for the world? What does the shape of God’s life in Trinity mean for how we engage our neighbors? This course will explore biblical and theological understandings of mission as we seek to understand the church’s identity and purpose in a post-establishment, post-colonial era.


As a student, you will:

  • Develop a working understanding of the Trinitarian theological basis for missional church
  • Try out and reflect on disruptive practices that can help any church focus on God’s mission
  • Gain familiarity with the Christendom’s legacy and a sense of how things are today where you live
  • Begin to articulate a leadership approach to your congregational setting

Required Readings:

  • People of the Way by Dwight Zscheile
  • Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood by Alan Roxburgh
  • Forming the Missional Church booklet, available here or for purchase from the instructor ($8) after the course starts

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Dan Anderson, Adjunct Professor for Luther Seminary’s DMin in Congregational Mission and Leadership, spiritual director, recently served as Associate Priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, and as Adjunct Professor of Worship at United Theological Seminary.

Missional Leadership I syllabus 2020

Register here.

Comments from previous participants:

“WONDERFUL!! Dan was an awesome instructor-engaging, relatable, relevant material, personable, kind, informative teacher. I learned a great deal from him in our short time together. He made me feel like I belonged, which I wasn’t sure about.”