Ministry, church and society
Resources for the course which Southern Nazarene University called "MCS"
"Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her
holy" -- Ephesians 5:25-26
A course on putting your faith into action
MCS speaks to questions like:
- How do I, or even should I, share my faith in a pluralist society?
- Is the church all that important? Do I have to be an active member to go to heaven?
- Spiritual gifts? Do I just get them or am I supposed to use them?
- Can I witness to my faith in Christ without having to memorize a long presentation and go
knocking on strangers' doors?
- What is the church supposed to do and be?
- What is the most biblical way for church leaders to approach their task: relationally or
- How can churches reclaim their roles as "communities of disciples" so that they become a
counter-culture and a challenge to secular society?
MCS was a required General Education class. Its major
- A look at some of the various worldviews of our pluralist society with an eye toward
being able to clearly dialogue with others about evangelical Christianity
- Ecclesiology (a study of the church) including a strong encouragement to everyone to get
involved in some kind of active ministry
- A look at assuring that everyone knows how to articulate their own Christian faith and the
plan of salvation clearly.
The materials listed below reflect the sections of MCS as they were taught by Howard Culbertson.
- Burning question form
- Is your MCS class group not working very well?
with unproductive group
members [ read article ]
- Reporting on involvement in group presentations: dividing the $100
- Creative a href="creative.pdf">methods to use in class presentations
- Learning styles inventory from Youth
- Wesley's Holy Club self-examination questions
- What should Christians avoid? John Wesley's mother had a pretty good definition of sin. [
read definition ]
- "Ministry" component resources
- Ministry project (8 hours of volunteer service)
- Developing your faith story / sharing your faith / giving testimonies
- Ministering to the dying: What to do and not to
- My commitment as a Christian — Written by an African
- "Church" component resources
- "Society" component resources
- Case studies to be used in class
- Exam study guides [ click
- PowerPoint presentations used in class
- Assignment instructions and clarification
- Course content
What students have said about MCS
"It encouraged me to be other-focused instead of inward focused."
"It helped me understand the importance of ministry."
"It got me closer to the Lord."
- Christian Assessment Center
- Two assessment tools from Regent University to help you measure levels of Christian virtue
(based on Galatians 5 and Colossians 3) and your God-given gifts (based on Romans 12).
- Cone of learning
- Edgar Dale's research on how much we retain from various learning experiences after two
weeks have gone by
- Resources related to the "society" part of the course
- Witnessing, personal evangelism
- Resources related to the sharing-your-faith component of the "ministry" part of the course
- Writing your testimony
- Links to web sites with help
on writing your testimony
- Do's and Don'ts of
|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
Papers falling short of this standard will not be graded. That work will be returned to
the students for further revision and resubmission.
See my writing
Where can I do my service hours?
|What are the possibilities
for getting in the required service hours? Check out the list of places where MCS students have
recently given volunteer service. [ read more ]|
SNU missions course materials and syllabi
Howard Culbertson, 5901 NW 81st, Oklahoma City, OK 73132
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