Joining God’s Mission

In this Joining God’s Mission course, you’ll learn about what missional theology is, how freeing it is for planters, and how it influences reading Scripture.

Takes approximately 18 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Bible, Calling & Vocation, Church, Church Planting, Faith & Everyday Life, Ministry Leadership, Thinking Theologically, and Work

Course Description

Just as plants need healthy soil, so too does our ministry need the life-giving missional theology in relationship to the ultimate Source of life: God. Just as nutrients already exist in the soil, the good news is that God’s call is an invitation to join a mission that is already in progress! In other words, God is already caring for the culture and community you will step into. In this foundational course, Joining God’s Mission, you’ll learn about missional theology: what it is, how potent and freeing it is for planters, and how it can inform the way you read all of Scripture. Armed with this good news, you’ll also learn to discern how God is already at work in your community and how to join into that mission by developing a clear set of mission, vision, and values that will enable you to plant a healthy and thriving church.

This course counts towards the Church Planting Certificate.

If you want to see a preview of the final project, check it out here!

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Meet Your Instructors

Charlie Cotherman

Charlie Cotherman planted Oil City Vineyard in Oil City, PA in 2016. He is passionate about rural church planting and returned to his home area to plant the church. Charlie is married to Aimee, and they have three children. He received his MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and his PhD from the University of Virginia. He is a historian of religion and is the co-editor of Sent to Flourish.

What is a FULLER Equip course?

The FULLER Equip courses are designed with the goal of providing a comprehensive education in the study of Scripture and its practical applications to life, work, and the advancement of God's kingdom.

These courses are specifically tailored to meet the needs of learners around the world, offering a global perspective on the study of Scripture and its relevance to everyday life.

Whether you are looking to deepen your personal understanding of Scripture, or seeking to apply its principles to your professional life or ministry, FULLER Equip courses offer a wide range of resources and tools to help you achieve your goals.

From online lectures and interactive discussions to practical assignments and case studies, these courses are designed to engage learners at all levels and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. So whether you are a beginner or an experienced student of Scripture, FULLER Equip courses have something to offer everyone.

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About FULLER Equip

FULLER Equip is an extension of Fuller Theological Seminary. It offers non-degree courses, professional certificate programs, training services, and research to help individuals and organizations advance the kingdom of God. FULLER Equip provides courses covering theology, leadership, counseling, and more. Professional certificate programs offer specialized study. Equip also offers training services such as customized workshops and coaching. Lastly, Equip conducts research and engages in strategic partnerships to innovate Christian ministry and service.

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