The Missional Church: Ministry in Context

What does it mean to be a missional church? How does the cultural context affect the church’s missional strategy? How does the church remain on mission and grow? Southern Wesleyan University’s division of religion announces a brand-new course for spring 2013 to wrestle with these questions and more. This course will be in a non-traditional format, including three weekends.

The course will be available for academic credit for SWU students, personal enrichment for pastors and church leaders, or credit towards ordination for Wesleyan ministerial candidates. Wesleyan ministerial candidates completing the course for credit toward the Evangelism and Church Growth requirement will be expected to complete all requirements for the course, but will not receive transcripted academic credit unless they register as a special student at SWU and pay the full tuition for the course.

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Course Instructor


Instructor of record: Dr. Derrick Lemons

Wesleyan pastor, professor of religion and anthropology at University of Georgia

Guest Instructors

missional-matt January 18-19, 2013
Rev. Matt LeRoy - pastor of LoveChapelHill, a quirky church plant in downtown Chapel Hill, NC, filled with an ecletic collision of college students, homeless men, families, professionals, artists, activists, and academics.
missional-Miles March 15-16, 2013 (March 15 on-site at 12Stone Chuch)
Rev. Miles Welch – pastor of leadership expansion at 12Stone Church, a large, suburban multisite church outside Atlanta, GA, that exists to inspire life, share life, and give life through intentional ministry to the lost, the least, and leaders.
missional-Mark April 5-6, 2013
Rev. Mark Wilson – pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church, a thriving, missional congregation in Hayward, WI, that has impacted every area of their rural community – education, business, healthcare, and civic organizations.


(The location for all sessions is the campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC, unless otherwise noted.)

January 18 (Friday): 2 - 5:30 p.m. and 7 - 9:30 p.m.
January 19 (Saturday): 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

March 15 (Friday): 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon & 1 - 5:30 p.m. at 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, GA - leave campus by 7:30 a.m. (or meet at 12Stone); return to Central w/ dinner stop en route - 9 p.m.
March 16 (Saturday): 9 a.m. – 12 noon in Central

April 5 (Friday): 2 - 5:30 p.m. and 7 - 9:30 p.m.
April 6 (Saturday): 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. for SWU students and candidates completing work toward ordination


Registration for pastors and other church leaders is $75 for each weekend, or all three weekends for $150. You will need to make arrangements for your own housing, though we’ll provide a list of options with costs here as that info is available.

Candidates completing the course for credit toward the Evangelism and Church Growth requirement for ordination will be assessed an additional $75 fee for the evaluation of their required work, payable to the department of Education and Clergy Development and due at the first workshop.

Housing Options

  • Campus apartment: Contact Conference Services 864-644-5191. Pam Burnett.  $22.50 for shared apartment with other class members (four required for this price). Single twin rooms, linens provided. These apartments have 4 single rooms and 2 bathrooms, as well as a common living space with unstocked kitchenette.
  • Eagles Rest Bed and Breakfast: contact Mari Gonlag for reservation and cost. Limited space availability. Continental breakfast provided.
  • Comfort Inn Clemson: 864-653-3600 - ask for the SWU rate when making reservations. Continental breakfast included. Only 5 minutes from campus.


Download the syllabus

Suggested Readings

These are required for SWU students and candidates completing work toward ordination.

Newbigin, Lesslie.  Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel in Western Culture.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1986.

Frost, Mike.  The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Church.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011.

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