Course Descriptions

Descriptions of current courses offered for the M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership.


EVAN - Evangelism, INTR - Intercultural Studies, BITH - Bible and Theology, CFM - Christian Formation and Ministry

EVAN 516/INTR 514 - Spiritual Formation and Witness. Explores the study and practice of effective models and methods for personal evangelism and spiritual formation, with particular emphasis on the role of relationships and small groups in evangelism and spiritual formation, and on the role of the Holy Spirit. (2 credit hours)

EVAN 526 - Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal. Examines the gospel as good news of God's inaugurated kingdom, with a focus on the centrality of Jesus' death and resurrection as interpretive center.  Investigates the dynamic of the spread of this good news throughout Scripture and history. Expores more recent movements of renewal and revival in relation to issues of evangelism and social transformation. (4 credit hours)

EVAN 534 - Global Apologetics. Examines apologetics as the study and practice of establishing the plausibility of the Christian faith within particular cultures and contexts.  Explores various philosophical and cultural frameworks for apologetics and then applies them to modernist, postmodern, multi-ethnic and global contexts and questions. (2 credit hours)

EVAN 542 - Church: Movements and Models.  Explores different paradigms and models of church, paying special attention to the most recent emerging missional movements and their characteristics, impact and trajectory.  Includes field trip visits and guest lecturers representing various existing models of churches and ministries. Assesses ministries using a number of different evaluative tools that are widely used. (4 credit hours)

EVAN 545 - Culture: Emerging and Global.  Explores the shape of ministry and evangelism in postmodern, post-Christendom and globalizing cultures.  Examines popular culture in the U.S. as a key context for ministry and a critical influence around the world.  Reframes evangelism, apologetics, preaching, healing, and discipleship in relation to the significant cultural shifts that are occurring.  (4 credit hours)

EVAN 546 - Discipleship and Small Groups. Studies the Biblical principles of disciple-making. Special attention will be given to analyzing and evaluating existing programs of discipleship and follow-up. (2 credit hours)

EVAN 547 - Evangelistic Communication. Exposes students to the dynamics of communication and communication theory, with application to the task of communicating the gospel in contemporary contexts. The theological, conceptual and practical role of media, drama, the arts, metaphor and symbol will also be explored. (2 credit hours)

EVAN 548 - Evangelism and the Local Church. Explores the theology, strategies, practice, and leadership styles associated with implementing evangelism through a variety of ecclesiological traditions and local church settings. (4 credit hours)

EVAN 556 - Leadership and Evangelism. Examines the literature on personal leadership development, biblically and in contemporary contexts, with application to the task of leading the church or Christian agencies into evangelistic effectiveness. Special attention will be given to devise or revise the mission and vision of a Christian organization seeking to be missional. (2 credit hours)

EVAN 558 - Personal Development and Leadership.  Explores dimensions of personal leadership development and evangelistic leadership competencies.  Overviews Biblical foundations and spiritual disciplines for effective and God centered leadership.  Uses various personality, temperment and assessment tools and examines developmental perspectives on leadership over the lifespan. (4 credit hours)

EVAN 559 - Organizational and Change Leadership. Explores models and principles of change leadership, leading organizations, building teams, handling conflict, and fostering entrepreneurial environments. Examines the leadership literature on these issues. Utilizes case studies and group experiences. (4 credit hours)

EVAN 573 - Evangelism Research Methods. Equips students with the rationale and methodology of qualitative research in cultural contexts, with an emphasis on the application of qualitative methods to a specific context through research projects. (2 credit hours)

EVAN 691. Ministry Practicum. Provides practical, guided ministry experience in which students serve under supervision with regular interaction and instruction in the area of ministry. Graded pass/fail. (2 credit hours)

EVAN 694. Seminar in Evangelism. In-depth study of selected topics growing out of special concerns of professors and students. (2 or 4 credit hours)

EVAN 695. Independent Study. (1 to 4 credit hours)

EVAN 696. Internship. Graded pass/fail. (2 or 4 credit hours)

EVAN 698. Applied Thesis/Thesis. (2 or 4 credit hours)

EVAN 699. Applied Thesis/Thesis Continuation. See M.A. Thesis/Applied Thesis/Action Research. (0 credit hours)

BITH 565, 566, or 576:. Students have three options for fulfilling their Biblical and Theological Studies Requirement: BITH 576 History of Christianity to 1900, BITH 565 Christian Theology, or BITH 566 Biblical Interpretation. BITH 564 Principles of Biblical Interpretation is also an option for those with a background in NT Greek. Each class is four credits, and normally two of the courses are offered every semester. There is also the option of taking the BITH course in an intensive format during the summer and January.

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CFM 562 - Wilderness Learning Seminar. Includes the role of facilitative leadership, group process, challenging experiences, and decision-making responsibility in promoting Christian maturity; the theory of such learning and its applications to various ministry settings (wilderness, urban, family, church, residential programs). (4 credit hours)

CFM 563 - The Church and Outdoor Ministry. Studying the mission and nature of the Church and how the temporary system can be utilized to impact renewal and development in the Church. Overview of the historical and theological expressions of the Church. Special emphasis is placed on the Church/Parachurch dynamic. Study of the biblical principles of renewal, hospitality, and service. Students will apply learning to the development, leading, support, and evaluation of short-term retreat experiences for a variety of Churches and groups. (4 credit hours)

CFM 564 - Adventure Challenge Education. Applies theories and principles of leadership and experiential education to programs and groups utilizing ropes courses, team initiatives, climbing, and other outdoor adventure activities. Allows students to develop, lead, and evaluate short-term adventure education experiences for a variety of groups. (2 or 4 credit hours)

CFM 662 - Theology and Practice of Outdoor Ministry (4). The exploration of educational principles and theological foundations related to outdoor ministry. Various approaches and program planning models of outdoor ministry will be discussed. Principles and skills of organizational leadership in the areas of fundraising, programming, marketing, food services, finances, and human resources will be reviewed. Special emphasis placed on application of these theories and principles to cross-cultural ministry settings. (4 credit hours)

CFM 663 - Leadership Development in Outdoor Ministry. Advanced outdoor ministry course that seeks to apply previous course work through providing supervisory leadership of a significant area of a camp ministry. Various applications will be studies, including ministries to children, teens, young adults, and families. Principles, competencies and dynamics of leadership, and leadership development will be applied. Special emphasis is placed on using outdoor ministries to develop leaders for the Church and society worldwide. (4 credit hours)

CFM 664 - Wilderness Learning Seminar. Emphasizes the uniqueness of the wilderness classroom and teaches students to utilize activities and wilderness expeditions to draw others to Jesus Christ. This course will include a 7-day wilderness trip. Trip planning, leadership philosophy, and debriefing will be covered. (4 credit hours)


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