Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Dennis McDonald


Discipleship, Mission, Missional, Sent, Mission of God


Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


The church in the West today has separated something that was never intended to be divided. This critical error impacts the very core of who a Christian is which informs and empowers what a Christian does. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you,” and in doing so He designated all Christians as “sent ones.” This means living on mission as a sent one is not reserved for a special class of Christians, but is the very calling of all Christians. Since that is true, all Christians need to understand and be equipped for the mission of God. In a survey of 36 church members, participants showed that 88% thought that the mission of God could be explained succinctly; however, in that same survey, the participants themselves were not able to define the mission of God succinctly nor consistently. Christians cannot join a mission that is unclear. This work provides clear and reproducible discipleship training on the mission of God. Flowing out of that teaching, this work also helps Christians to discover their place in God’s mission. There is great impact when discipleship leads all Christians to understand the mission of God and their role in it. When the whole church understands and embraces the mission of God, this will result in an unleashing of the greatest missionary force into the world, both locally and globally.