Historical and Practical Discipleship – DSMN 820

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

Course Description

This course will examine the biblical and philosophical foundations of making disciples by examining disciple-making in the Gospels, the book of Acts and in the Epistles. Careful attention will be given to the commands of Christ and the practice (interpretation) of the early disciples. Disciple-making down through church history will also be reviewed.

Prerequisites

DMIN 810, Admission to DMIN program

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to examine Christian discipleship methods and models down through the centuries. Particular attention will be devoted to certain important leaders throughout church history. This course will fulfill the purposes of the Doctor of Ministry degree by furthering the students’ understanding of discipleship models and methods to implement in their context.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the threads of discipleship methods down through church history.
  2. Know the historical turning points of discipleship models and methods.
  3. Analyze the different historical models and methods of discipleship down through church history.
  4. Evaluate the central characters of discipleship down through church history.
  5. Comprehend and apply principles of historical and biblical discipleship to their present-day context.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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 400 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 200 words.

Reflection Papers (4)

The student will write four 1,500-word Reflection Papers in current Turabian format that focuses on several historical discipleship topics chosen by the instructor. Each paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

1. Part 1

The student will submit the topic, cover page outline (table of contents), and the first 2,000 words (8 pages) of his/her term Research Paper. Part 1 must be in current Turabian format and include at least 5 references.

2. Final Submission

The student will complete his/her 5,000-word research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the historical nature of discipleship throughout church history. The paper must include at least 10 references in current Turabian format in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.