Chaplain Evangelism and Discipleship – CHPL 655

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will focus on the biblical imperative of evangelism and various methods of witnessing in the pluralistic cultures in which chaplains serve. Particular emphasis will be given to wisely sharing the Gospel in military, healthcare, and community settings. Additionally, attention will be given to evangelism follow-up, discipleship, and scripture memorization. This course is taught online and in residence.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Evangelical chaplains need to be prepared to share the Gospel in secular and pluralistic settings to which they are called. Every chaplain needs to be fully prepared to evangelize and make disciples within the culture to which they are called.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the biblical perspective of evangelism.
  2. Identify the characteristics of an evangelistic, servant leader.
  3. Implement the process of sharing one’s faith consistently within a secular, pluralistic context.
  4. Compare and contrast contemporary culture with the Gospel message.
  5. Explain one’s salvation testimony and changed life as a basis for evangelism.
  6. Develop an evangelistic plan that can be implemented in the military, healthcare, or community ministry settings.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Theology of Discipleship Paper

The student will write a 5-page paper explaining their theology of discipleship based on the Scriptures. Each point of the paper must be rooted in Scripture and supported with sound biblical interpretation and analysis. The paper should be focused on God’s plan and purpose to make disciples.

Theology of Evangelism Paper

The student will write a 5-page paper explaining their theology of evangelism based on the Scriptures. Each point of the paper must be rooted in Scripture and supported with sound biblical interpretation and analysis. The paper should be focused on God’s plan and purpose of evangelism.

Personal Testimony

The student will write a 5-page paper giving their testimony. The testimony should reflect on God’s work in your life as He brought you to salvation. Scripture and scriptural principles should support your testimony. Your testimony should reflect three distinct “phases”: Life before Christ, Conversion, and your new life in Christ..

Evangelism Report (3)

The student will write three 2-3-page evangelism reports of his/her efforts to share the Gospel with an interested unbeliever. The best way to learn how to evangelize is to do it. Therefore, each student should be praying for opportunities to share their faith with others and being attentive to God’s leading. All encounters must be from the current semester.

To receive full credit, the student must show through the report that the individual was brought to a point of decision. Specifically, this means you must demonstrate intentionality in reference to presenting Christ. The individual’s response is not the issue, rather it is your intentional obedience to the Holy Spirit in calling people to a decision. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and demonstrate a servant’s heart..

Discussion Board (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 800 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words.

Book Review

Students will write a 5 page critical evaluation of the assigned text, consisting of a summary, critique, and application. The summary must focus on the main ideas and significant themes in the book, as well as an account of the author’s overall purpose in writing. The summary should not exceed 1 page in length. The critique section must contain a well-thought-out critical interaction with the author’s thesis and the main points of the argument he presents in the book. The critique must present the strengths and weaknesses, as well as an overall evaluation of the book. The critique should be no less than 2 pages. The application section of the paper should address how you will apply the concepts learned from the text to your specific ministry context (i.e. Military Chaplain, Hospital Chaplain, Community Chaplain, etc.). The application section should be no less than 1 page in length. The paper must be accomplished in Turabian footnote citation style.

In addition to these requirements, the paper must have a proper introduction and conclusion and follow the structure of a standard academic essay (Title page, Introduction, summary, critique, application, conclusion, Bibliography).

Philosophy of Evangelism Paper

The student will write a 2-3-page paper explaining their personal philosophy of evangelism. This paper should be focused on the way you think you should evangelize in pluralistic and secular chaplain ministry settings. Use Scripture and scriptural principles to support your philosophy. Remember, your philosophy is specific to your ministry context. This should reflect the incarnational aspect of your ministry and be rooted in your Theology.

Discipleship Group Report (3)

The student will write three, 2-3 page reports detailing his/her discipleship group. The intent is for each student to lead, or co-lead, a ministry group devoted to discipleship. Each report will detail different aspects of the group. Students should direct their responses as follows:

Report 1: This report will focus on the vision, purpose, goals, and target audience of the group.

Report 2: This report will focus on current physical and spiritual progress of the group. First, address how the group is developing and how well it is staying in line with it’s original vision, purpose, and goals. Most importantly, address how group members are growing in Christ.

Report 3: This report will be more reflective in nature. Reflect on how the group has progressed and give evidence of spiritual growth. Be sure to include how well the group has kept to the original vision, purpose, and goals. Give an honest assessment of what you have done well, and what you would do differently in the future.

Philosophy of Discipleship Paper

The student will write a 2-3-page paper explaining their personal philosophy of discipleship. This paper should be focused on the way you think you should disciple in pluralistic and secular chaplain ministry settings. Use Scripture and scriptural principles to support your philosophy. Remember, your philosophy is specific to your ministry context. This should reflect the incarnational aspect of your ministry and be rooted in your Theology.

Great Commission Chaplaincy Project Paper

The Student will create a comprehensive chaplain ministry plan (9 to 10 pages) for one of the following groups:  children, students, adults, singles, men, women, or support/recovery.  The student should base all decisions on his/her specific Chaplain Ministry context.  Your project should include the following:

State the characteristics of the group that you are ministering to (macro or micro).

Scriptural Foundations- What passages of Scripture validate and guide this ministry?

Core Ministry Values- From the passages describe key values/ principles that guide the ministry.

Create a Comprehensive (paragraph) and a Concise Mission Statement (sentence).

Create Slogans and Visuals that illustrate the ministry.

Ministry Plan: How are you going to get from point A to point B? (Need detail here) Models/ Diagrams/ Illustrations included- How to develop disciples who develop disciples.

Proposed Team Members/ Personnel- Who and what will the team look like?

Proposed 12 month Ministry Calendar

Proposed 12 month Budget

Scope and Sequence Plan- What topics will you study? (3 year Curriculum plan)

Communication tools and techniques: How are you going to get your message delivered?

Verifiers: Final measurable statement: “By the time a child/student/ adult… has been in this ministry area for three years… How will you know you have been successful? Numbers/ percentages/ ratios…