Contemporary Movements in Church Planting – EVCP 830

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

Course Description

This course equips students with an understanding of the various methods, approaches, and tools employed in the greater context of twenty-first century church planting and ministry in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary models of church ministry as examples illustrating current church planting movements.

Prerequisites

DMIN 810, Admission to DMIN program

Rationale

As a part of the Evangelism and Church Planting (EVCP) cognate, this course will provide the student with an understanding of contemporary movements in church planting along with the needed mindset and skills to help a church realize continued growth and development.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and discuss church models and methods that are both biblical and relevant to the twenty-first century.
  2. Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of current models of church ministry according to contextual demographic paradigms.
  3. Develop a plan to plant a church or transition an existing ministry that will best match methods, models, demographics, and leadership personality.
  4. Analyze the nature and function of intimacy within the leadership and membership of a church ministry.
  5. Implement a strategy for multiplication resulting from spiritual reproduction within a church ministry context.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

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 500–600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. Any sources used must be cited in current Turabian format.

Book Critiques (2)

The student will write 2 book critiques of 1,000–1,200 words each in current Turabian format that provide analysis of the texts outlined within the course.

Church Planting Model Assessment

Using the course material and information discussed in this course, the student will write a 1,000–1,200-word paper in current Turabian format. The paper will express the student’s understanding of the various church planting models discussed in the course, perceived strengths of the various models, perceived weaknesses of the various models, and a preferred model for his/her chosen context and why it is the best model contextually.

Missional Reflection

Using the course material and information discussed in this course, the student will write a 1,000–1,200-word paper in current Turabian format expressing his/her understanding of “missional,” perceived strengths of the “missional” concept, perceived weaknesses of the “missional” concept, and ways in which his/her church operates “missionally.” The student must provide support for his/her perceptions along with cited resources to support his/her assessment. Biblical text must support the assessment as appropriate.

Church Planting Evaluation Project

The student will submit a 3,500–4,500-word paper addressing the factors of church planting as applied to his or her own cultural context and church ministry, incorporating the significant elements discussed in this course. The assignment must follow current Turabian format.