Graduate Department of Theology
The Graduate Department of Theology provides an excellent opportunity for men and women called to professional or lay ministry to pursue quality graduate education integrated with real life ministry that prepares students for a lifetime of faithful service and vibrant discipleship.
The Master of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) is built upon a solid biblical, theological and pastoral foundation, and is an ideal degree for anyone committed to leading within the church who is wrestling with the implications of a practical and living gospel and its relationship to and with dynamic cultures.
The MREML is a 36-hour, cohort-based, full-time integrated program combining 24 online hours with 12 intensive onsite hours. While the majority of the coursework will be completed online, students will be required to travel to the RC campus or other designated sites two times per year to participate in one-week retreat seminars and intensive courses.
Master of Religious Education Missional Leadership
Many current ministry preparation degrees train ministers for settings that simply no longer exist. In our new and rapidly evolving cultural context, ministry preparation will need to be conceived differently in both content and delivery. The MRE in Missional Leadership is an attempt to provide faithful ministry preparation that takes our changing context seriously.
The MREML assumes that the congregation, not the classroom, is the primary learning context for missional leadership. This commitment requires students to have a primary ministry context in which they can develop their capacities as leaders. It also requires that the courses offered are delivered in such a manner that students can remain in their congregational setting.
This 36-hour degree includes 24-hours of online instruction. The remaining 12 hours take place in one-week intensive seminars on Rochester College’s campus. The student, therefore, can complete the degree from anywhere as long as one week per semester can be spent on Rochester’s campus.
Because the degree is delivered in such a unique fashion, the MREML can provide key resource people beyond Rochester’s outstanding resident faculty. We have recruited some of the key leaders in both the missional and emerging church movements as faculty. Additionally, missional leaders from around the world have agreed to serve as online coaches for MREML students.
The degree is cohort based. Students will move through the two-year curriculum with 14 other students, developing Christian community, encouraging one another in spiritual formation, and learning from each other’s experience. Each student will take 12 hours in Biblical text, 12 hours in missional leadership, and 12 hours in theology/history. While these categories may seem traditional, the design of each course is focused on actual leadership tasks in missional congregations. All courses are integrated and sequential so that all courses build on what has come before and anticipate what will come after. Each course also contributes to the student’s e-portfolio, a collection of student work through the program, which the student defends for degree completion.
To request more information for the MREML, contact Dr. Mark Love at email@example.com or (248) 218-2300.
An applicant to Master of Religious Education must have a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university accredited via approved Council for Higher Education with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in his/her undergraduate work in order to receive a regular admission. Probationary admission status may be granted to an applicant with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average from 2.7 – 2.99. Applicants may have a bachelor’s degree in any field.
The following items must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Committee.
- Complete the Graduate Application for Admission online, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a paper application
- Pay the non-refundable application fee online ($40).
- Submit three letters of recommendations two of which must be academic references, and one must be either from a minister or church leader (see address below).
- Contact all colleges/universities which you have attended and request that all of your official transcripts be sent directly to the Master of Religious Education Admission (See address below).
- Complete a statement of purpose essay (500-1000 words), in which the applicant describes her/his statement of Purpose for pursuing graduate education in Missional Leadership. You may send it by mail or attach it as a Word document or a PDF file through email at email@example.com.
- Submit a signed Congregation Consent Form from a congregational leader (or other appropriate ministry setting) that you have permissions to do projects within the congregation for your degree.
For additional questions regarding admission to the Master of Religious Education, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail all documents that are completed offline to the following address:
Master of Religious Education Admission
800 West Avon Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307 USA
Phone: 248.218.2200 | Fax: 248.218.2055
The Graduate School of Religion at Rochester College provides an excellent opportunity for men and women called to professional or lay ministry to pursue quality graduate education integrated with real life ministry that prepares students for a lifetime of faithful service and vibrant discipleship. The Master of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) is built upon a solid biblical, theological, and pastoral foundation, and is an ideal degree for anyone committed to leading within the church who is wrestling with the implications of a practical and living gospel and its relationship to and with dynamic cultures.
The MREML is a 36-hour, cohort-based, full-time integrated program combining 24 online hours with 12 intensive onsite hours. While the majority of the coursework will be completed online, students will be required to travel to the Rochester College campus or other designated sites two times per year to participate in one-week retreat seminars and intensives courses.
Tuition for 2018 – 2019
|Tuition (per semester hour)||$550|
|Application Fee||$40 non-refundable one-time fee|
|Audit Fee||$70 per semester hour|
|Course Change Fee||$20 per course|
|Graduation Fee||$135 for Master of Religious Education|
|Intensive/Retreat Course Fee||$75|
|Late Payment Fee||$45|
|Payment Plan Fee||$70|
|Portfolio Defense Fee||$30|
|Additional Student Costs|
|Students are responsible for the following costs:
|Rochester College participates in a variety of financial aid programs for the benefit of students. Students must meet the eligibility requirements of these programs in order to participate. Information is available on Student Aid on the Web at www.studentaid.ed.gov|
|Students may take advantage of various scholarships through our Financial Aid process or from outside organizations. You may submit Scholarship Application Form to Master of Religious Education Admission. You may send it by mail or attach it as a Word document or a PDF file through email at email@example.com.|
|Naomi Walters||Associate Professor of Religion|
|Mark Love||Director MRE in Missional Leadership|
|Keith Huey||Professor of Church History|
|Greg Stevenson||Professor of New Testament|
|Patrick Keifert||President of Church Innovations|
|Jonathan W. Hartgrove||Author and New Monastic|
|Randy Harris||ACU Bible, Missions, and Ministry Instructor|
|Natalie Magnusson||Spiritual Formation Coach|
|Scot McNight||New Testament Scholar and Noted Author|
|Scott Hagley||Pittsburgh Theological Seminary|
BIB 5143 Missional Hermeneutics
This course focuses on the interpretation of Scripture in missional communities. The course proceeds on the assumption that Scripture generates meanings in relation to the questions of an interpretative community. What we ask and with whom we ask it determines to a great extent our interpretation of Scripture. Attention will be given to orienting students to the possibilities and problems of philosophical hermeneutics, including the work of Heidegger, Gadamer, and Ricoeur. Various proposals toward a missional hermeneutics will be explored to bring into focus the missional themes, and the manner in which biblical authors negotiate texts and contexts in their own work. Particular attention will be given to Paul, Exodus, Deutero-Isaiah, and Luke-Acts.
BIB 5173 Prophetic Critique and Vision for Renewal: Implications for Faithful Response among Missional Communities
This course focuses on the message of the Old Testament prophets and their continuing relevance for congregations today. In particular, the prophetic imagination is presented as essential for any church hoping to embody God’s missional intentions for the world.
This course explores the abiding significance of the figure of Jesus for the life and faith of the church. As the primary sources for our understanding of Jesus of Nazareth are the four Gospels, much of this course centers around Gospel studies. This study, however, does not occur in a scholarly vacuum. Constant effort will be expended, both by professor and students, to engage these ancient texts in a way that witnesses to the Living Jesus amongst us today.
Early Christianity was a diverse phenomenon, a product of varied religious, social, and cultural contexts. This course explores the theological and cultural issues involved in Christianity’s engagement with the larger world. We will examine the historical and theological background for the church’s gentile mission, selected New Testament texts that engage these issues, and draw implications for American Christianity’s interaction with the larger culture(s) around it.
MIN 5813 Leading the Missional Congregation
This course examines the nature of congregational leadership in a missional era. Common understandings of congregational leadership are rooted in both notions of Christendom and modern organizational theory. This course reimagines congregational leadership in light of biblical/theological and cultural sources. Students are invited to develop new capacities necessary for leading a congregation in mission.
MIN 5833 The Gospel and Cultures
This course defines gospel and culture according to recent scholarship and explores the relationship between them. Specifically, it seeks to understand how the gospel itself mediates the dynamic and ongoing relationship between church and world. Students develop both gospel perspectives for viewing their situations in ministry and skills for reading and engaging local cultures.
The identity of a missional church, rooted in the life of God, is discovered in large part through practices of hospitality, or through welcoming the stranger. Leaders for a church in mission, therefore, cultivate communities of hospitality. This course explores the nature of Christian hospitality and how it is practiced in the lives of actual congregations.
MIN 5873 Holy Spirit, Leadership, and Missional Communities
Course considers the practical implications of the belief that the Holy Spirit leads the church into God’s mission. Beyond the typical discussion of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, larger biblical and theological perspectives will be explored, emphasizing the way the Spirit upholds the downtrodden and overlooked, breaks down barriers to create new communities, and increases knowledge of the righteousness of God. Ministry practices are considered in light of these larger understandings of the Holy Spirit’s work.
THL 5823 Global Christianity
The face of Christianity in the 21st century is rapidly and dramatically changing. Vibrant churches in Africa, Asia, and South America have challenged long-held understandings of the church rooted in Western culture. How does our awareness of and participation in these new forms of Christianity transform our understandings of God’s mission, the gospel, and the identity of the church?
The missional church defines its life in relation to the mission of God. This brings certain theological themes to the fore in understanding the church. This course looks at the relationship between God, church, and world through the lenses of Trinitarian theology and eschatology. How are these great theological themes lived out missionally in our congregations?
Congregations tend to define mission in relation to their understanding of salvation. This course begins with the premise that salvation embraces God’s intentions for all of creation. How does this view of salvation critique understandings that revolve around the eternal status of the individual? How, in turn, might we understand what it means to be human in light of this larger conception? Finally, how do our congregations embody salvation in missional practices?
THL 5893 Missio Dei – The Christian Story of Mission
This course traces the Christian story from the perspective of missio Dei (mission of God). The Christian story is told, not simply as a history of mission, but from the perspective of God’s intentions for the world realized in history. It is not only a history of ideas, but also an examination of how the church has embodied its understandings of missio Dei, including implications for our congregations today.
- Fall 2017 MRE Registration Packet
- Spring 2017 MRE Registration Packet
- Graduation Forms are available on the Student Portal
- Graduate Catalog 2016-2017
- Graduate Catalog 2015-2016
- Graduate Catalog 2014-2015
- Graduate Catalog 2013-2014
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Master of Religious Education
800 West Avon Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
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