This course will guide the student to develop a biblical Christology which will help focus a biblical Ecclesiology which will help fuel a healthy Missiology. The student will grow in their understanding of who Christ is and why the gospel is essential to church planting. The student will develop a deeper understanding of who the church is and how the church functions. The student will then apply those theological foundations to develop a missiology that glorifies Christ in a specific community.
Church planting must start with a clear understanding of who Christ is and who His church is.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must participate in 4 discussions during the course in which the student must post a thread in response to the discussion's prompt and then respond to 2 students’ threads or replies. Each discussion thread must contain at least 400 words; each reply must contain at least 200 words. All sources used, including textbooks and presentations, must be documented in current Turabian format. (CLO: A, B, C, D.)
Gospel in Three Parts Video Assignment
Using a cell phone, tablet, or camera-equipped computer, the student will shoot 3 separate videos of Gospel presentations: the first will be a 15-minute version with the imagined audience as a local church congregation, the second will be 5 minutes long and the imagined audience is a local person or group, and the third is 2 minutes long with the imagined audience as a stranger the student has encountered in public. (CLO: A, B, D)
Church Creed Evaluation Assignment
The student will write a 2-3 page evaluation on one or two traditional Christian creeds or covenants, such as the Nicene Creed or the Lausanne Covenant. The student will evaluate the aspects that each creed primarily addresses (ex: evangelism, Christology, Pneumatology, etc). The student will identify the two aspects with the most emphasis and the two with the least attention. The student will then give his/her own two most important and two least important aspects and explain his/her reasoning in a few paragraphs. All assertions must be supported with Scripture. (CLO: A, D)
Definition of a Church Paper Assignment
The student will write a 10-12 page thesis synthesizing his/her perspective on essential ecclesiology. The student will summarize and critically evaluate the different major perspectives on the nature and definition of a church as expressed in course textbooks and course materials: specifically the organic model (Addison and Woodward & White) and the organizational model (Stetzer). The student will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each ecclesiological model and definition based on Scripture and scholarly analysis. The student will then present his/her own essential ecclesiology based on Scripture. Minimum of 10 sources, which must include the course textbooks. (CLO: A, B, C, D)
Evangelism Report Assignment
Over the duration of this course, the student will share the Gospel with three (3) distinct people or groups on three (3) separate occasions from his/her surrounding community. These occasions must all be within the semester the student takes this course. The student will then write a 1,500 word reflection, with each encounter being a minimum of 400-500 words. The student will reflect on how God worked in each scenario, how each experience influenced his/her perspective on evangelism, how it challenged or encouraged him/her, and what you learned through the experiences. This reflection should be in Turabian format. Sources are not required, but any claims or assertions must be supported with Scripture. (CLO: A, B, D).