Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches – EVAN 500

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

Course Description

An examination of spiritual factors of church growth such as prayer, fasting, revival, anointed preaching and worship. The student will analyze and develop programs to produce balanced growth in evangelism and discipleship.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Recognizing that students come from various church backgrounds, this course is designed to expose students to biblical and practical Christian experiences. Therefore, a student must first grasp the philosophy, principles, and spirit of different ministries. The student will want to capture the zeal and philosophy of both church growth and Christian experiences with a view of incorporating them into his or her own ministry and lifestyle.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate his or her present ministry practices in light of biblical principles of spiritual growth.
  2. Design a plan for improving the spiritual climate of the present ministry and implementing specific strategies for moving people through various phases of spiritual growth.
  3. Explain the role of the ministry leader in a growing church and in moving believers along a pathway of spiritual growth in Christ.
  4. Trace the church growth and revival history, including the settings, characteristics, leaders, and effects of said movements.
  5. Identify the principles common to the working of the Holy Spirit in personal and corporate spiritual renewal.

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 (3)

The Discussion Board Forums in this course are completed in 2 parts over 2 modules/weeks. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, in the first module/week that the Discussion Board Forum is assigned, the student must post a 400-word thread in response to the prompt provided. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 200 words in response to another student’s thread. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 citations in current Turabian format. For each reply, the student must cite at least 1 source in current Turabian format. Acceptable sources include readings, textbooks, and related materials.

Journals (8)

Throughout the course, the student will maintain a journal. Each module/week, the student will record his/her spiritual practices and address the assigned prompt in at least 2 entries totaling 1–2 double-spaced pages.

Book Critiques (2)

The student will read 2 specified, required books and then submit a paper for each. The papers must comply with current Turabian writing style, include 4–6 citations, and be 3–5 double-spaced pages. The paper must use footnotes as needed. The student will summarize what he/she read, critique and evaluate the work, and apply the work to his/her own situations.

Reading Reflections (4)

The student will read 4 required books and then submit a paper for each. The papers must comply with current Turabian writing style, include 2–3 citations, and be 2–3 double-spaced pages for each book.

Spiritual Growth Plan

The student will create a comprehensive Spiritual Growth Plan that reflects his/her research with the textbooks and course materials. The paper will be 10–12 double-spaced pages of text, have a minimum of 10 citations, and comply with current Turabian writing style. The Spiritual Growth Plan must utilize all the course-required readings and additional materials as needed. The Spiritual Growth Plan will demonstrate the student’s grasp of the materials and the integration of those materials into the student’s life.