Church Growth and Christian Missions Class Resources


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This class on church health and growth will focus on developing healthy, growing churches and planting new ones. This is not about a list of programs to be implemented, but a serious study of the questions:

  1. Why do some churches healthy and growing and others are not?
  2. Are there reproducible principles which church leaders can or should prayerfully attempt to follow in a variety of congregations?

The course will lean heavily on the foundational work of Donald McGavran, the man many call "the father of the modern Church Growth movement."

Course resources

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"Reaping isn't all there is to evangelism. In fact, reaping isn't even the hard labor. Any farmer knows that. It takes one day to harvest what you've cultivated and nurtured for months. Furthermore, the disciples were going to reap a harvest they hadn't sown. I planted, Paul said, Apollos watered, and God gave the increase. Paul handed off some souls to Apollos. God gave the increase. The soil must be cultivated, the seed planted and nurtured, and then comes the harvest."

          &mda sh; Joseph Aldrich in Gentle Persuasion, published by Multnomah Press in 1998.

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Most courses at SNU contain a writing component.
I expect students to produce written work that is focused, well developed, organized and relatively free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.
Papers falling short of this standard will not be graded. That work will be returned to the students for further revision and resubmission.
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Other SNU missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
 
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