What is Koinonia?

A biblical vision for multicultural community
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (12 ratings)
368 students
1hr 29min of on-demand video
English, French

Biblical usage and definition of the word "koinonia"
How to apply the biblical concept of "koinonia" within your current community
What "koinonia" has to do with being multicultural
How Pioneers has used "koinonia" as an inspiring biblical ideal to cultivate as an international mission agency


  • Understand basic principles of Biblical interpretation


Koinonia is a biblical term that has symbolic significance for Pioneers, specifically as it relates to our vision for and understanding of being a multicultural fellowship. But what do we mean by koinonia? And, more importantly, what does the Bible say about this important, but often little-understood concept?

This course is an interactive learning experience that virtually guides a community to inductively discover key aspects of the biblical term and to apply those key aspects within your specific community, as well as in the context of our international mission fellowship.

The course is designed to take 90 minutes for a community to walk through, though you can always pick and choose whichever elements are most helpful for your community.  (Download the "Facilitator Planning Guide" in Video 3 for more ideas on how this course can serve your needs)

Learning Objectives

By God's grace those who complete this course will:

  1. Examine the broad usage of koinonia in the Bible

    1. Look at a broad range of Scripture passages using the term koinonia

  2. Create a comprehensive definition of the biblical term

    1. Wrestle with the term koinonia's relationship with inequalities in Scripture

  3. Understand how Pioneers uses the term koinonia as the biblical ideal for our multicultural fellowship

  4. Evaluate your current community in light of your definition of koinonia

  5. Hear examples of how other Pioneers members are seeking to cultivate koinonia in similar contexts

  6. Prayerfully choose at least one specific area where you can more deeply cultivate koinonia in your community

    1. Create an action plan to take next steps and stay accountable to growing in this specific area

Who this course is for:

  • Members of Pioneers International wanting to understand how Pioneers relates our commitment to embracing international diversity with the concept of koinonia
  • Christian leaders interested in understanding and cultivating koinonia in their community


Multicultural and hands-on mission and formation
Pioneers Discipleship Training Communities
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  • 15 Reviews
  • 459 Students
  • 2 Courses

On Udemy, our passion is to equip all members of our global family to deeply cultivate multicultural koinonia within our teams, gateways, and structures through the Multicultural Koinonia Toolbox.

Off Udemy, we facilitate virtual and in-person pre-field missionary training communities that seek to equip and release well-formed disciple makers into the global Pioneers family, through hands-on mission and mentoring, within life-on-life intercultural teams.

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