Lilias Trotter Global

August 18 - December 4, 2020 

Discipling and Planting Churches among Muslims


Course Description:

     The course has two major inter-related topics: discipling and church planting. We will closely examine what is involved in discipling new believers from Muslim backgrounds as well as the major aspects of what is involved in planting churches and launching movements of churches among Muslims.

Our journey of discovery together will explore historical realities and approaches, biblical and theological perspectives, missiological, cultural and religious challenges and practical approaches to both discipleship and church planting that God is using in fruitful ways in the 21st century. We will tackle the core issues, topics and challenges that disciplers and church planters encounter as we endeavor to see God create healthy, flourishing and multiplying churches among Muslims.


Anticipated outcomes:

  • You will develop an historically informed, wide-ranging understanding of the discipleship challenges that believers of Muslim background face, as well as promising ways of meeting and overcoming these challenges in the power of the Spirit.

  • You will develop a strong understanding of, and learn to assess, the fruitful approaches to church planting, and to the launching of church planting movements, that God has used historically and is using among Muslims today.

  • You will be equipped to develop a sound biblical theology of discipleship, spiritual transformation, church, church planting, and movements.

  • You will begin to hone your skills in discipling believers of Muslim background and in planting or facilitating the planting of churches that multiply in contemporary Muslim societies.

  • You will be equipped to analyze and provide both biblical and missiological critique to multiple approaches and begin to develop healthy, biblical approaches that will strengthen your team’s ministry of discipleship and church planting among Muslims.

  • With your class members you will form a community of active church planters to learn and share with each other.

Course Components:

  • Offered through Wesley Biblical Seminary, in Jackson, Mississippi for three graduate credits
    for $1090 (that's one third off normal price!) Credit students also pay $100 for WBS online orientation course. You can audit* the course for just $250.

  • A 15-week online graduate course with once-weekly, three-hour, live ZOOM seminars and interactions with students, many of whom will be church planting practitioners living among Muslims around the world. Students can either participate live or watch the video recording of each week's at a more convenient time.

  • Reading key books, articles and book excerpts from the best available literature on discipleship and church planting among Muslims.

  • Writing book reviews and essays, interactive discussions, and a research paper or ministry project related to your current or anticipated discipling and/or church planting ministry.

    *Class auditors are expected to complete all of the reading but are not required to write papers.


About the Course Instructor:

  • MS 640 is taught by Dr. Don Little, Pioneers’ Missiologist and co-founder of the Lilias Trotter Center. Don also serves part-time as an adjunct professor at Wesley Biblical Seminary, West Africa Theological Seminary (Lagos, Nigeria) and Houghton College.

  • Don was active discipling and church planting among Muslims in North Africa from 1988-1998, and has since had extensive exposure to what God is doing across the Arab world, in Africa and in other parts of the Muslim world as he has consulted with church planters in more than 20 countries.

  • Don’s book Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities: Scripture, History and Seasoned Practices (IVP, 2015), came out of his DMin studies in missions and cross-cultural ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2002-2009). For his thesis, Don researched discipling former Muslims in the Arab world. Don’s thesis advisor was Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary since 2009.

  • Don has been teaching on discipling believers of Muslim background for more than a decade to church planters around the world, and currently travels and teaches in Africa, and beyond, on Islam and ministry to Muslims.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Whether taking for credit or audit, start by choosing the “audit” button and follow the rest of the prompts to fill in your personal details. In all subsequent communication with WBS,  please be sure to indicate that you are applying  as an LTC student and eligible for the significantly discounted course price!

This course is part of our partnership with

Wesley Biblical Seminary:

Graduate Certificate in Islam and Ministry to Muslims


This 24-credit certificate program will give you a solid foundation in understanding the history and development of both Christianity and Islam. You will investigate deeply the core of Christian and Muslim worldviews. You will gain practical skills in evangelism, discipleship and church planting in Muslim contexts. Courses in this certificate program include:

1. Islamic Foundations: A Christian Analysis of Islam's Source Documents


Provides in-depth study of the Qur’an and the biography of Muhammad.

2. History of Islam

Surveys the development of Islam from 632 AD to present.

3. Christian Engagement with Muslims


Investigates historical and contemporary Christian approaches to Muslims.

4. Discipling and Planting Churches among Muslims (August 18 - December 4, 2020)


Studies principles for fruitful discipling and church planting among Muslims.

5. The Gospels

Develops an effective and comprehensive method of studying Scripture for life and ministry.

6. Philosophy of Christian Religion

Explores the philosophical presuppositions undergirding Christian theology.

7. History of Christian Thought

Traces the history of Christianity and the development of Christian doctrine.

8. Discipleship and Spiritual Formation


Examines the means of grace necessary for a dynamic Christian life and methods for discipleship in the local church.

NOTE: All credits earned in the Certificate can be applied towards a
Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree at WBS.


“The world in which we live today is confronted with catastrophic changes unparalleled in human history and the Church is going to be tasked with discovering how to live side by side, step by step in harmony and yet with distinction, beside or alongside, a very aggressive and uniquely monotheistic faith. For these reasons and more I envision The Lilias Trotter Center helping the Church … as we seek to share Him with those who do not yet know and love Him.”

- David E. Dick,
VP at Large (and former International Director), One Mission Society


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