Evangelism and Church Growth
The mission of the Evangelism and Church Growth Concentration is for ministry professionals to lead effective outreach, comprehensive spiritual renewal, and integral growth in light of the Bible's message for the last days.
The learning outcomes for this concentration include intellectual (knowing), practical (doing), and spiritual (being) components.
Knowing: an intellectual body of knowledge based on reading, lectures, interaction, and research, including
- The biblical imperative to make reproducing disciples
- A theology of spiritual renewal and biblical growth
- Understanding of church growth principles and practice
- The role of leadership development and equipping principles leading to growth
- Strategic development as the road map for revitalization and growth
- Increasing awareness of available resources for growth
Doing: competency for individual ministry contexts based on field ministry and ministry exposure, by
- Engaging in a process of personal ministry development
- Thinking, planning, and communicating biblically about evangelism and church growth
- Experiencing personal spiritual renewal
- Acquiring leadership skills for renewal and growth
- Developing strategic thinking abilities to create effective growth processes
- Coaching reproducible ministry teams with the aim to reach the lost
- Creating a culture of evangelism responsible to reach every person
- Reaching specific people groups responsive to the gospel
- Capturing and communicating an evangelistic vision for change and renewal
- Utilizing coaching skills to develop outreach-oriented leaders
- Translating various growth principles and practices to the church's mission
- Identifying and bringing togther influential leaders to guide the church for growth
- Practicing incarnational ministry with the surrounding culture
- Leading the church to health
Being: spiritual development based on personal and group reflection as well as praxis, through
- A continuing process of self-evaluation and standing with God and others
- Personal responses to the Bible's unique calling of one's giftedness
- A commitment to evangelistic equipping and being an agent of reconciliation
- A personal experience of the love God has for reaching lost people
- An incarnational approach to the ministry of evangelism
- A faith-based optimism about reaching people and renewing struggling churches
- Becoming a reproducing disciple for God's kingdom
- The expansion of ministry vision and an openness to adopt current biblically faithful and effective models for church growth
- Reading and Reflection -- Approximately 450 pages of relevant pre-intensive material per credit hour, generating considerable reflection on ministry self and practice.
- Lectures and Expert Modeling -- Professors with proven records in the field and other field professionals.
- Ministry Development Plan -- A ministry development plan reflecting the participant's current situation, personal vision statement, action plan, and helping/hindering forces.
- Context Support Group -- A context support group to provide feedback and assessment.
- Group Interaction -- Experiential and relational learning from cohort colleagues in the field as they meet in groups for support and assignment accomplishment (ie: the MDP).
- Field Praxis -- Experience, reflection, and follow-through of successful field ministry settings as well as the student's own.
- Research and Writing -- Careful search and analysis of relevant material, and subsequent writing via research, position, and praxis papers contributing to the final ministry project.
- Mentoring -- Ongoing consultation and influence of professors and project mentors, as well as monthly engagement with the student's chosen mentor in the field.
- Collective Synergism -- The symbiotic interchange of ideas, experiences, and exposure to fruitful spiritual and kingdom building among participants, lecturers, and other experts. This is particularly so with the student's Context Support Group (CSG).
Dr. Ron Clouzet is the coordinator for this concentration; he can be reached at 1-269-471-8307, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cohorts are identified by the year in which they begin. Cohort participants will take these courses and study modules:
Course requirements and schedule for the cohort to form in 2013:
|Course #||Course Name||Instructor||Intensive Dates||Intensive Locations|
|CHMN724||Recovering the Life and Growth of the New Testament Church (4 cr)||Ron Clouzet||April 29; May 8-16, 2013||Andrews University|
DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
|Bill Knott &/or David Penno||April 30-May 8, 2013||Andrews University|
|GSEM706||Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)||Jon Dybdahl or staff||May 5-16, 2014||Andrews University|
|CHMN767||Formation of Evangelistic Strategy (5 cr)||staff||May 5-13, 2015||Andrews University|
|GSEM796||DMin Project (3 cr)||spring semester 2015|
|CHMN734||Leading Growth (5 cr)||Tom Evans||May 3-11, 2016||Andrews University|
|GSEM796||DMin Project (3 cr)||spring semester 2016|
For dates and locations of courses planned for cohorts in other concentrations, see the four-year DMin Program Planner.
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