Global Evangelism FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions by students taking the online Global Evangelism course from Nazarene Bible College

Does day one of submitting bio and responding to our classmates bios count as participation?

I do tend to be a bit of a night owl. However, in terms of the cut-off time each "day," should we aim for what time it is in the Mountain Time Zone where NBC is located?
Some professors go by the date on the time stamp on the actual submission. I do not. I know there are night owls out there. So, I figure that anything in by 3 or 4 a.m. was actually written at the end of someone's day rather than at the beginning.

I guess you could say I use a modified Jewish definition of day. Whereas the Jews calculate days from sundown to sundown, I tend to count from sunup to sunup!

Is it OK to submit assignments a little early? There are times when I might have to submit the reading report by late Monday since I am often away on Tuesdays. Some facilitators are OK with it and some are not.
Yes, the reading reports can come in early. In fact, having some in early helps discussion get going.

The only thing I don't really like in early is the end-of-the-week summary. The problem with it being done that early is that it's not really an end-of-the-week. So, I'd prefer that those not come in until at least late Friday afternoon.

Will postings made this week under last week count or do they need to be responses to material in the current week for them to count?
I count postings by the date they are posted. So, a conversation that began last week can continue into this week with your contributions being counted for this week.

Is the book by Thompson required?
That book is not absolutely required, but it does have marvelous material that will help you apply some of the cross-cultural missiological principles in a North American context.

Why are we required to read every single posting in Outlook Express? Posts by other students are sometimes repetitive and just take up my time.
Outlook Express is a classroom. In the classroom you are expected to listen attentively to what other students say -- even if you disagree or even if you think they're saying dumb things. Each intervention does add to and carry forward a discussion. To not read all the posts would like your coming to a classroom with a book or cell phone in which you bury your head and only emerge occasionally to say something before turning back to your book or cell phone. That wouldn't be good traditional classroom etiquette; it's not good online classroom etiquette.

It is not considered proper classroom behavior to speak one's peace and then "check out" by putting on headphones or getting out a book to read. For this reason I ask that you not post your end-of-the-week summary until AFTER you have read everything submitted by other students and the professor that week. I started asking students to be completely up-to-date in their reading of other students' posts by the time they post their end-of-the-week summary when a student openly said he wasn't bothering to read any of the contributions of several of his classmates because they never had anything significant to say.

How does the Reading Response differ from the Weekly Summary?
The reading summary is due early in the week prior to class discussion. It focuses mainly upon the reflection of the text and lecture material. The weekly summary should cover the text, class discussion, and insights gained from doing the assignments. Thus, the Weekly Summary is broader based.

Among other things, having you do one at the end of the week gets you to: (1) Delving back into the textbook (sometimes class discussion strays away from the central topic of the week) and (2) Addressing more than one topic in the textbook.

Does the missionary book report in week 3 have to be over a Nazarene reading book? Can it be any book about missions?
One objective of the assignment is for you to look at material available for promoting missions in local Churches of the Nazarene. Therefore, the book needs to be one of the NMI reading books (from any year). If you are a member of another denomination, you may choose a book published about your own denominational missionary work.

Does the missionary we interview have to have served as a Nazarene missionary?
No. Someone who has served with another mission board will enable you to fulfill the objectives of this assignment.

As I understand it, day seven is on Sunday and we can post any five out of the seven days Monday - Sunday. Is this correct?
That's correct, the "5 out of 7" can include Sunday.

If we have until Sunday to submit all of our responses, how can we read all responses/postings before we submit our reflection?
What I was trying to ask is that you have read all the posts submitted up to that point in time. For instance, the first person to post their end-of-the-week summary will not have read any other person's end-of-the-week summary while the last person to post that assignment will have had the opportunity to read everybody else's end-of-the-week summary.

SNU missions course materials and syllabi

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