Discipleship Ministries – DSMN 500

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

Course Description

This course will examine the biblical, general and specific steps to enable a person first to be a disciple, then to discover systems, biblical principles, and methods that create a disciple making context. The systems will cover both the macro level and the micro level. Once this has been discovered and discussed the student will select a disciple making system and create a micro-level disciple making plan for a local church.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

DSMN 500 is a portal course serving as an introduction to discipleship ministries. The purpose of the course is to equip the student with a comprehensive description of what is discipleship from a biblical and Christ-centered perspective. This course will also explore the structure of the discipline as well as address the essential activities of disciple making. Whether for individual or church ministries, these principles form the underlying and foundational components necessary for effective ministry within the local church context.

 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the teachings of Jesus regarding what it meant to be a disciple and how to make disciples.
  2. Analyze the foundational directions of being and making disciples of Jesus.
  3. Examine the approach of Jesus in the disciple making process.
  4. Explain the role of the local church in the disciple making process.
  5. Evaluate the different small group philosophies related to making disciples.
  6. Review the four different church structures pertaining to making disciples.
  7. Create a detailed discipleship project.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture notes/presentations.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 2 Discussion Board Forums that will consist of a thread and 2 replies in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300–500 words and must cite 2 scholarly sources in current Turabian format to support the content in the thread. Each reply must be 150–200 words.

Written Assignments (4)

The Written Assignments will address 4 critical areas relating to disciples, discipleship, and the formation of a healthy church body through discipleship ministries. Each assignment must be at least 5 pages and must utilize at least 5 scholarly sources. Each paper must be in current Turabian format.

Disciple Making Plan

The student will create a comprehensive discipleship ministry plan as a personal strategy to develop disciples for Christ. Based on the written assignments completed for this course, the student will thoroughly discuss 5 major areas of discipleship and disciple making in ministry. The student will develop a coordinated plan that covers the 5 V’s of ministry (Vision, Values, Views, Vehicles, and Verifiers) and that can be implemented in a local church or other ministry organization context.

Course Reflection

The student will write a 1,000–1,200-word reflection essay in current Turabian format. The essay will answer the question “How has this course shaped your thinking in the following areas related to the ministry of discipleship: 1) stages of discipleship, 2) discipleship in the local church, and 3) healthy church characteristics?”