Leading the Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church – DSMN 660

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

Course Description

This course teaches the necessary areas of discipleship with a corporate-church setting. It further addresses the process of church multiplication. The course will also explore church health and growth in the early, middle, and mature years of a church’s existence. (Formerly EVAN 660)




Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. Nothing is as beautiful or effective as a local church that is full of life, health, and vitality. God’s plan for creating healthy churches involves God-called, pastoral leaders who equip the saints to do the ministry. This course will provide the student with the understanding of the nature of healthy, growing, multiplying churches. It will also provide him/her with the needed mindset and skills to help a church realize health, growth, and multiplication.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze issues relating to church health, church growth, church change, church multiplication, and ministry.
  2. Create a plan for a church to address issues such as church health, church growth, church change, church multiplication, and ministry.
  3. Assess him or herself as a spiritual leader.
  4. Develop a plan of ongoing personal development in the area of pastoral leadership.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture 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 (7)

There are 7 Discussion Board Forums completed in this course. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 400 words. The student must also post 2 replies of at least 200 words. For each thread, each student must support his/her assertions with at least 1 citation in current Turabian format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 citation. Acceptable sources include the course textbooks and the Bible.

Reading Reflection (4)

The student will read the assigned chapters in the course textbooks and will submit a 6–8-page paper for each Reading Reflection assignment. The first third of each paper will include a summary of the book, the second third will include a critique and evaluation, and the final third will contain an application of the book’s content to the student’s life and/or situation.

Ministry Application Project

The student will create and submit a 15–20-page project applying the content of this course to his or her present or future ministry situation. The project will include an appropriate rationale for the project, specific and realistic goals to be accomplished, persons responsible for accomplishing each goal, materials and resources needed for each goal, and a timeline for completing each goal. The student must select a project that fits with his or her life situation or goals.