Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches – EVCP 810

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

Course Description

Growth and growing churches are the products of health, and the degree of growth is related to the vitality of that health directly. Unhealthy churches cannot sustain growth; therefore, health is imperative for growth and continued growth in a church. In this course students will examine the connection between being a disciple and making disciples through developing leaders in a healthy environment, and teach the church leader how to preach and plan sermons with an eye toward church growth. Students will also examine how Christian leaders can use innovative and methodical processes to develop shared vision, communicate it to internal and external customers, and translate it through the strategic planning processes into operative and effective action through analysis of the latest theories of vision and strategic planning in organizations.

Prerequisites

DMIN 810, Admission to DMIN program

Rationale

This course will provide students a framework for contextualizing biblical growth and understand their role in facilitating growth as a leader.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognize the biblical structures and philosophies that create a climate for growth in local churches.
  2. Identify specific factors related to growth and their contribution to the overall growth process of a local church ministry.
  3. Create a model for leadership development applicable to a local church ministry.
  4. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of a church ministry with which to develop a plan leading to ministry growth.
  5. Develop strategies for missional focus and involvement leading to growth and effective ministry in the local church.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Journal Entry

The student is required to submit a journal entry based on prompts in week 8. (MLO: B)

Strategic Documents

The student is required to create and submit two different strategic documents. Each document will focus on an essential aspect of church ministry. While creativity is allowed for the development of each document, each one must contain the specific components provide in the document instructions. (MLOs: A)

Discussion Board Forums

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be a minimum of 400 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates' threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words in length. (MLOs: A, B, D, E)

Annotated Bibliography

The student is required to submit an annotated bibliography in preparation for the Spiritual Factors Major Paper. This bibliography will begin with an introductory paragraph of at least 75 words explaining the intended focus of the paper. This introductory paragraph should include an anticipated thesis statement. This thesis may change for the final paper, but for now, provide an anticipated thesis statement. Following that paragraph, provide a bibliography of at least 20 related works. Each source should contain a 1-3 sentence summary explaining the general content of this source. (MLOs: B, D)

Church Growth Plan

The student will create a church growth plan. This plan will contain three parts: designing a numeric growth chart that tracks church-wide attendance for one year, creating a spiritual maturity questionnaire of at least 20 questions, and then finally constructing a church growth plan. (MLOs: C, D, E)

Spiritual Factors Major Paper

The student will write a research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the spiritual factors of church growth. The paper must include at least 15 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible and be at least 4500 words. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Reading Quizzes

The student will take a quiz based on the reading. These quizzes will require an assessment of the percentage of reading completed as well as a summary of the content and other components pertinent to that week's reading assignment. (MLOs: A, B, E)