Contemporary Evangelism – EVAN 525

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

A study of the evangelistic imperative and various methods of personal witnessing. Particular emphasis is given to follow-up, discipleship, and memorizing key Bible verses. (Formerly EVAN 565)

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Because of the importance of every student being fully prepared in the areas of evangelism and discipleship, EVAN 525 is required for each degree program the seminary offers.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the biblical perspective of evangelism.
  2. Identify the characteristics of an evangelistic, servant leader.
  3. Implement the process of sharing one’s faith consistently while in seminary, in ministry, and in life.
  4. Compare and contrast contemporary culture with the Gospel message.
  5. Explain his/her testimony and recovery testimony as a basis for evangelism.
  6. Develop an evangelistic plan that could be implemented in a variety of ministry contexts (i.e. church, parachurch, or home).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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 (3)

For each forum assignment, the student will address the discussion topic in a new thread. The initial thread must be a minimum of 450 words, supported by course resources. The student will then reply to at least 2 other classmate’s threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 250 words. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, B, D)

Conversion Testimony Paper

The student will write a 2-page testimony paper summarizing the story of his/her conversion. The purpose of this paper is to help the student develop a personal testimony, which he/she will use as a bridge from one’s personal testimony to sharing the Gospel of Christ. (Syllabus Outcome: E)

Recovery Testimony

The student will write a 2-page testimony paper summarizing a problem the student has overcome. The purpose of this paper is to help the student understand the power of being transparent, as a way of communicating the Gospel message. (Syllabus Outcome: E)

4MAT Book Reviews (3)

During this course, the student must write 3 book reviews. For each book the student will write a book review consisting of 4 parts: a 1-page abstract summarizing the book, a 1-page response section relating the book to personal experience, a 1-page reflection section that critically reviews the books, and a 2– 3-page action plan outlining how the student will alter his/her approach to evangelism based on what he/she has read and learned. Each report must be 5–6 pages. (Syllabus Outcome: B, D)

Servant Evangelism Reports (2)

During this course, the student must plan and participate in 2 different servant evangelism opportunities with different people (at least 1 in his/her own neighborhood). The student will write a 1–2-page report on each evangelism opportunity according to criteria given in the course. (Syllabus Outcome: A, E, F)

Witnessing Reports (3)

During this course, the student is required to share the Gospel 3 times, with 3 different people during the 8-week course. At least 2 of the 3 encounters must be completed in the student’s neighborhood/Jerusalem. The student will write a 1-2 page report on each witnessing encounter. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, C, E, F)

Evangelism Vision Paper

After working through required course materials, the student will develop an 7-8 page, current Turabian-style paper centered on the vision and challenge of what God is doing in his/her life in the area of evangelism. The paper will address questions provided in the course. (Syllabus Outcomes: A, C, F)

Servant Evangelism Quiz

The Quiz will cover the Servant Evangelism Manual and the Everyday Series: Evangelism chapters 18, 24-27, 29. The Quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple answer questions, and will have a 1-hour time limit. (Syllabus Outcomes: B, D)