This course deals with the spiritual, cultural, and social dynamics of church growth. It is primarily for pastors, church leaders, and missionaries, although lay workers and ministerial students will also find it helpful. The student will study church growth strategy, see examples of that strategy applied under varying conditions, and learn how to make a diagnostic study of a local church to discover causes of growth or lack of growth. The emphasis of the course is the practical application of the textbook’s principles to the student’s particular field of labor. The study questions and project are designed toward this purpose.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:1.Teach or preach on the nature and growth of the church.2.Trace the growth of the church in the book of Acts and apply the principles used there to the development of churches today.3.Show the people to whom you minister the necessity for adjustment of priorities as seen in Matthew 28:18–20.4.Analyze the growth of a local church, using graphs to show the trends and research to discover the causes of its growth or lack of growth.5.Give examples of various patterns of church growth in different parts of the world and discuss their suitability for churches in your area.6.Recognize the social structure and cultural features of the communities where you work and select the most appropriate methods for building strong indigenous churches there.7.Cooperate with other workers in plans for evangelizing the cities, reaching every level of society with the gospel, planting indigenous churches, and working for people movements in various homogeneous units.8.Use church growth techniques to discover the receptive areas of your field and take the necessary steps to plant churches there.9.Determine the goals for future growth within the area of your ministry.10.Acknowledge the Holy Spirit as the dynamic force as you and the people to whom you minister carry out the Great Commission.
Mode of Study
•Lecture•Video (in progress)•Student interaction •Professor of Record Interaction•Hands on
•100 objective multiple choice questions•Online or pencil and paper•Project•Collateral Reading Assignment (for 3 (USA) credit courses•Student Learning Requirement •Passmark 70%