Educational Group


missional leaders
& practitioners 


Dr. Steven Ibbotson
Chief Academic Officer
Associate Director for
Educational Ministries &
Provost, Missional University

Equipping Believers to Become Local Missionaries

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About the Educational Group

The terms “missional” and “missionality” may be new to you. We have all talked about the “mission” of the church and “missions” as the activity of those who are “missionaries” to a different people or place. So what is “missional”?

The term “missional” is to “missionary” what “adversarial” is to “adversary.” When an adversary begins to act out his intentions, he is being “adversarial” - the adjective form that denotes “pertaining to or characterized by antagonism and conflict.” When a missionary is involved in the activities of his mission we say he is being “missional” – the adjective form that denotes “pertaining to or characterized by missionary behaviors.” The ending “ity” on a word indicates the “quality of.”  So missionality is acting with the quality of being missionary.

Today most Christians have not been trained to either think like a missionary or to act like one.

If we are going to Impact our area, Christians will need to be trained to become missionaries in their cultural neighborhoods, communities, and living spaces.  Through IICM, Christians now have access to missionary training both onsite and online.


Missional University - Online Training

The Missional University is a consortium of missional & theological schools that train the grassroots missional leaders of today and tomorrow.  The Missional University offers courses, certificates, diplomas and certifications in specific areas need for the missionary task. 

Check the website for a list of study areas for which courses and programs are being developed.  Check the training page for a current list of courses.  


Ten2Training - On Site Training

Ten2Training for community missionaries onsite.  These workshops, seminars and seminar series provide training for community missionaries and for those who work with them.  Workshops cover a wide range of topics.  To schedule a workshop for your church or ministry, please complete the contact information form.