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My Doctoral Thesis on Missional Communities


This past few years, I have had the joy of participating the Doctor of Educational Ministry program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  I participated in a cohort of five executive pastors under the supervision of my friend Dan Dumas, and the product of that time was a thesis entitled “Missional Community as a Model for Integrated Discipleship in an American Context”.

If you read this blog frequently, you’ll recognize much of the material that I’ve written her provided the foundations for the thesis, but I expanded the ideas and provided the academic background that drove much of my thinking and practice.

As you continue to lead and experiment with making disciples, I pray this work would serve you well!  Click below to download it:

Engstrom DEdMin Thesis – Missional Communities

By Todd Engstrom

Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth.

God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

5 replies on “My Doctoral Thesis on Missional Communities”

Todd, thank you for sharing this gold mine with us! I’m eager to read your thesis. Congratulations on finishing your program! That’s a tremendous accomplishment. I know that’s a difficult road (I’m writing my PhD Dissertation in Historical Theology at TEDS and am finding it an uphill climb).

Reading your thesis now, it’s very encouraging and so helpful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I believe the thoughts and ideas God is bringing to me through this (and hopefully to the rest of my staff when I encourage them to read it) will be game changing in our church and our discipleship strategy. Blessings to you, your family, and the Austin Stone!

Todd, thanks for sharing this! I’m working on my DMin at Rockbridge Seminary, and figuring out how to apply these principles to helping university professors become missional disciple makers. I loved your master class at Verge on Practical Strategies for Missional Communities, and chuckled at your geeking out on dashboards and strategic planning and metrics, etc. You are not alone my friend 🙂

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