Evangelism and the Growing Church – EVAN 510

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

Course Description

An introductory study in evangelism and church growth principles, stressing the biblical and theological basis of evangelism as reflected in and through the local church.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Recognizing that students come from various church backgrounds and preparations, this course is designed to orient all students to the biblical and practical expression of church growth. The student will want to capture the zeal and philosophy of church growth with the view of incorporating them into the churches where he or she will worship or pastor.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze various church growth models for consistency with biblical expectations of evangelism, discipleship, worship, and community building.
  2. Develop a model of church growth suited for the context and target group of his/her individual ministry setting.
  3. Explain and discuss the current literature in church growth.
  4. Incorporate principles from the fields of church growth, sociology, and theology into a comprehensive method for reaching a targeted audience in his/her community through his/her local ministry and assess the potential effectiveness of this method.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, online articles, 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)

In Modules/Weeks 1–7, the student will participate in Discussion Board Forums. First, the student must post a 400-word thread answering all of the questions in each forum based on that module/week’s textbook readings and/or presentations. Then, the student must reply in 200 words or more to at least 1 classmate’s thread. Each reply must demonstrate analysis of a classmate’s thread and extend meaningful discussion by building on the thread.

Book Critique

The student will write and submit a critique of the book Scrappy Church by Thom Rainer. It must be a 4-page paper that adheres to current Turabian style and includes a summary of contents, a critical evaluation of concepts, and some brief remarks about personal application.

Final Paper Abstract

The student will write a 1-page abstract for his/her Final Paper. It must include a topic statement which relates to the topics covered in this course as well as brief summary of the Final Paper and relevant materials to be used in the paper. While the student is not expected to have made his/her final decision yet on these components, he/she will need to demonstrate thought about and preparation for the Final Paper.

Final Paper

The student will write and submit a Final Paper that adheres to current Turabian style and contains 12–14 pages. He/She must combine all of the principles and ideas from the course and discuss how he/she plans to apply them in his/her current or future ministries.