Biblical and Philosophical Foundations of Disciple Making – DSMN 810

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

Course Description

This class will examine N.T. principles of disciple-making and evaluate modern systems and structures. Students will be equipped to develop their own disciple making system in their local church or ministry context.

Prerequisites

DMIN 810, Admission to DMIN program

Rationale

The Great Commission is the marching order for the church of Jesus Christ. The command verb is to “make disciples” and it is surrounded by three modal participles that give us direction. They are: “while you are going” and “baptizing” and “teaching/ training them” to obey the commands of Jesus. This course will examine in detail the passages, principles, philosophy, models, and methods of carrying out the Great Commission.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the scriptural foundations for disciple/discipleship.
  2. Analyze the connection between spiritual formation and discipleship.
  3. Comprehend the philosophical foundations of discipleship.
  4. Investigate discipleship models.
  5. Synthesize the biblical and practical expressions of discipleship.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course 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 is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 750 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. (MLO: A, C, D)

Reflection Papers (5)

The student will write 5 Reflection Papers of at least 1250 words in current Turabian format that focuses on the questions posed during the course. Each paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Reading Report (2)

The student will submit a 2-part Reading Report covering 2000 pages of reading. The first report will be a summary of at least 900 words covering the first 1000 pages of the reading. The second report will be another summary of at least 900 words covering the second 1000 pages of reading. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Research Paper

The student will write a 3750–4500-word Research Paper in current Turabian format that focuses on how to create a disciple making model in a local church. The paper must include at least 15 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)