Course: Personal Evangelism and Church Growth
Course Number: Bible 320
Credit hours: 3 hrs.
Instructor: Robert J. Young
Semester: Fall, 1997
Prerequisites: Admission to the Bible Program or permission
Holy Bible. [The translation you are accustomed to working from, but no paraphrases.]
Stewart, Go Ye Means Go Me.
Other texts will be recommended in class and a bibliography provided. Students will read widely in the literature associated with evangelism and church growth. Students will also begin a collection of evangelism materials.
This course focuses first on methods and motives for personal evangelism, combining academic study and understandings with laboratory and field experience in personal evangelism. The course also covers leading small group Bible studies. The final component of the course overviews the present state of church growth studies and seeks to familiarize the student with resources for understanding the dynamics and most effective methods of church growth.
Most students of church growth are agreed that numerical growth among churches of Christ in the United States is virtually non-existent. While we are experiencing growth in a limited number of areas, the general state of the church is that of plateau and decline. Many Christians, and especially those who lead in preaching and ministry, feel the need to examine the causes and dynamics of this situation and to identify principles and practices which can effectively help reverse this trend.
Those who go forth to preach and minister should have firsthand awareness of and practice in personal evangelism. Jesus' Great Commission is also our mandate. This course is designed to give practical experience.
[Student expectations are set forth in the OVC catalog. These paragraphs supplement the matters addressed therein as they pertain to this class.]
The school attendance policy will be followed. Students are expected to attend class regularly. In this course, much learning will take place during class time because of special presentations and discussions. Absent students cannot earn and will not receive daily participation and quiz grades. Students with excessive absences may not perform successfully on exams. Excused absences are available only through contact with the instructor the day class is missed or in advance. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the instructor when absent. The student is responsible for obtaining all assignments and completing any work missed.
Students with perfect attendance (no tardies) may add 10 points to one examination. Students with only one absence (no tardies) may add 5 points to one examination.
Students are expected to arrive at class on time. Students who must arrive at class late for an unforeseen circumstance are expected to enter class without being disruptive.
Homework must be turned in on time or early. Daily in-class work and quizzes cannot be made up.
Make-up Test Policy
Make-up tests are not available.
Class withdrawal procedures are set forth in the catalog and must be followed. [These are changed for 1997-1998.] The student must initiate an official process. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdraw. The student who neither attends nor drops the class will ultimately receive an "F" grade.
Goals and Objectives
1. The student will be able to define and recognize real church growth.
2. Students will examine their own hearts, callings, and purposes in ministry. "Students will be expected to examine their personal faith, relationships, and lifestyles and to be committed to being God's person."
3. Students will be able to identify and explain principles of church growth.
4. The student will be aware of and able to use various methods of personal evangelism studied in this course.
5. The student will be able to set up a private Bible study and effectively deal with the problems one might encounter in such a study.
6. The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of the topics and Scriptures most often used in personal evangelism.
7. Students will be able to lead a small group Bible study.
8. Students will be aware of the unique dynamics involved in various kinds of small group studies.
9. All students will be involved in outside readings which will complement the course content and provide additional orientation to the current state of studies in personal evangelism and church growth, insofar as is practical in an upper-level undergraduate course. Students will be encouraged to advance as far as they are willing.
Expectations 1. Read assigned materials from texts: Bible Go Ye Means Go Me 2. Read at least three other texts and write book reviews/reports to be shared with class. 3. Participate in class discussions. 4. Participate in class projects. 5. Attempt to set up and teach a real Bible study. 6. Set up and teach a small group Bible study.
Criteria for Evaluation
The successful student will not master some of the above objectives while ignoring others, but will obtain a degree of mastery in each objective. The successful student will cooperate with the professor in a mutually stimulating and exciting learning experience. Evaluation will be based upon mastery of the goals and objectives and meeting the expectations as reflected in class participation, quizzes, homework and other various assignments, and examinations.
Evaluation 20% Tests 30% Book Reviews/Reports 30% Practical Experiences 10% Participation, quizzes, homework, etc. 10% Final Examination 100% Total Grading Scale A 93-100% B 86-92% C 77-85% D 70-76% F <70%Please Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and the instructor of BIB320. The professor reserves the right to amend any or all of this syllabus as he deems necessary during the course of the semester, and will promptly notify all students involved of the changes.
Course Outline Personal Evangelism Introduction and background Motives and attitudes Methods Practical applications Prospecting/DIing Starting the study Teaching the study Questions/Problems Closing the study Small Group Studies Introduction and Background Types of Groups Church Growth Introduction and Background Dynamics and Principles
Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.