Church Planting Methods and Culture – EVAN 610

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

Course Description

This course combines study of various cross-cultural church planting methods with exegesis of North American culture. In specific, focus will be given to generational, ethnicity, and people group differences.




While the principles of the Word of God are timeless, ministry effectiveness must also give careful consideration to cultures and contexts. One model of ministry does not fit all people groups. We must learn to contextualize our ministry methods and models to match the needs and sensitivities of the people we are called to reach with the person God has made us into.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess various methods and models for church planting.
  2. Analyze the Missional Model of church planting.
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the most common models of ministry used by churches in North America.
  4. Explain the distinguishing elements of each of the major church ministry models.
  5. Create a plan for implementing his/her personality, gifts, passions, and experiences with the most effective church planting model in order to successfully reach the desired church planting field.
  6. Develop a plan to plant a church or revitalize an existing church that will follow successful methods and models.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings 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 (4)

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 600 or 1,000 words (depending on the discussion board) and demonstrate course-related knowledge supported by at least 3 relevant citations. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 350 words and be supported by at least 2 citations. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Self-Assessment Paper

Each student will write at least an 8-page self-assessment summary of the results found in the Discovery Tools Assessment. The paper must adhere to current Turabian style. (Outcomes: A, C, E)

4-MAT Book Reviews (3)

The student will write three 8–10-page 4MAT Book Reviews in current Turabian format that focus on the book identified in the course. The paper must follow the review system provided in the instructions and grading rubric. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Ministry Application Proposal

The student will write a paper of at least 15 pages that demonstrates the ability to apply the principles and information learned in the course into a workable plan for a church plant or the revitalization of an existing church. The paper must include at least 10 references and adhere to current Turabian style. (Outcomes: A, E, F)