Global Evangelism Syllabus

Course: OTR-2013 Nazarene Bible College

This course is designed around six units. Each unit corresponds to one of the six weeks. Detailed instructions for each of the assignments will be sent separately. Unless otherwise specified, assignments are to be sent to the VC (Virtual Classroom).


I hope you'll fall in love with these books, especially the one edited by Winter and Hawthorne. A lot of the 105 writers in it are big-name missiologists (missionary thinkers and strategists). There's even a chapter by William Carey, the English shoe cobbler from the 1700's who is known as the "father of modern missions." [ more info ] You probably won't get around to reading all of the 124 chapters in this book in these next six weeks, but I think you'll wind up reading more than is assigned! I'll think you'll like the optimism which bubbles out of its pages. As editor Ralph Winter says in his introduction, "The Kingdom is relentlessly pressing back the darkness!"

What will we do in these six weeks?

Here's a week by week listing of assignments. Explanations of the assignments will be given at the end of the syllabus.

This syllabus is a "dynamic" document. So, I do reserve the right to make adjustments in assignments when warranted by needs and by the "flow" of the class.

What can I expect to happen to me in these six weeks?

This course is designed to help you fulfill Ordination Course of Study requirements by serving as a major contributor to the following outcomes:

  1. Ability to describe how the church implemented its mission in the various periods of Church History
  2. Ability to think globally and engage cross-culturally for the purpose of mission
  3. Ability to discover sociological dynamics and trends and to apply that information to specific ministry settings
  4. Ability to describe socialization and to apply its dynamics to the life of the Christian community
  5. Ability to explain the operational culture
  6. Ability to describe and interpret the relationship between culture and individual behavior
  7. Ability to sensitively explain the nature of cultures
  8. Ability to identify and apply the principles of cross-cultural communications
  9. Ability to apply historical analysis to the life of a local congregation in order to describe its historical and cultural context
  10. Ability to understand and articulate the biblical, historical and theological bases for Christian mission
  11. Ability to describe basic missiological principles and apply them to the development of the life of a church

What do I have to do to pass this course?

  1. 240 points (40 pts per week) Attendance ("5 out of 7" rule)
  2. 90 points (15 per week) Reading summaries/insights
  3. 90 points (15 per week) Responses to other students' work
  4. 90 points (15 per week) Weekly "what I learned" summaries
  5. 15 points Two sermon titles
  6. 15 points Sermon illustration
  7. 100 points Interview
  8. 100 points Missions conversation report
  9. 60 points NMI (formerly NWMS) reading book
  10. 100 points Missions research activity report
  11. 100 points Final exam

Here's how your final grade will be figured:

Two additional, important outcomes expected in the Nazarene ministerial Course of Study are:

  1. The ability to communicate through written mediums with clarity and creativity
  2. The ability to write clearly and in a grammatically correct manner.

Therefore, written assignments receiving full credit must reflect clear thinking and have correct grammar and accurate spelling. This is not because I am "picky." It's because I want you to be the best possible minister of the gospel that you can be.

Assignment Explanations

These explanations are grouped by the assignments that (1) you'll do almost every week and (2) those that occur only once.

(1) Nearly every week assignments

Textbook readings
The class will be divided into two groups: A and B. Most weeks the two groups will be reading a different set of chapters from the textbook. The summaries from the members of one group will help the other group gain insights from chapters not assigned to them. No grades will be given just for the reading. Grades will be given when you submit written reactions to reading.
Written text reading reactions
Each week you must submit to the main VC about 30-40 lines of summary of your assigned text reading along with some key insights that you gained.
Need some help getting started? I've put some starter questions in the assignment calendar above. Here's a few more: Did you wind up sharing any of this with someone else? Did it challenge some assumptions you held? Did it confirm something you have been thinking about for a while? Was there new information that bowled you over? Was there a phrase that grabbed your attention and has remained impressed in your mind? Thirty points are possible on each of these summary/insight submissions.
Consistent attendance is critical to the online learning environment. For this reason, all of the NBC online courses require you to log-on and participate (leave a note) at least 5 out of every 7 days.
Each week there are 15 possible attendance points. If you show up in the VC only 4 days in a week, you will receive 10 points; for three days attendance you will get 5 points. If in a week you log on and participate in class discussion for only one or two days attendance you will not receive attendance points that week.
Responses to my lectures and to your classmates' notes
You are required to comment on my lectures and on each other's work. You need not respond to every message the others send to the VC. In fact, if you did so, we would wind up with message overload in the VC!
You must, however, be responding on a regular basis. Each response should be thoughtful and reflective. Feel free to say "right on" or "amen" or "I agree," but you must go on and add more for it count as a response. Responses receiving full credit will likely need to be 10-15 lines of text long (neither too short, nor too long!)
End-of-week summary
On day 5 of each week you must submit a summary of ideas, insights, thoughts and questions from your reading, from your classmates' input to the VC and from the instructor's lectures.
Weekly summaries should be 30-40 lines of text. These are to be thoughtful responses to what you learned, not a summary of what you have done that week. Especially welcome in these summaries are thoughts about how you may incorporate what you are learning into your future ministry.

(2) One-time events

Your bio - Week One
Submit an introductory biographical note to the class VC. You may already know some of the members of the class; but others will be taking a class with you for the first time. Let us know a bit of your personal spiritual journey, what you are currently doing in ministry, a little about your job and your family. Keep a copy of this for future classes as it will be asked for in every NBC Online course! If you have a special interest in cross-cultural missions, tell us about it.
Two sermon titles - Week one
From the reading in this first week and from ideas sparked by your classmates' submissions, give us two sermon titles. Obviously, these titles should be missions-oriented.
Sermon illustration - Week two
Week two is full of historical information. Surely there is at least one great sermon illustration here. Tell us your favorite.
Mission conversation - Week four
During this week, report on an extended conversation you've had with someone you tried to get "on board" with missions. That is, this week you need to be a mobilizer or motivator. It could be: someone who's resisted getting involved with Faith Promise, a young person thinking about a missions call, someone you want to encourage to go on a Work and Witness project or even to to a missions rally of some kind. The conversation needs to be more than two sentences in the church foyer. It should be both a listening to them as well as your attempts to "sell" them on their involvement with some part of the world missions enterprise.
If you're having trouble knowing what to recruit for, try recruiting someone for the Work and Witness trip to Mexico I'm helping organize just after Christmas!
Tell us who, what the subject of the conversation was, the results, and some of your own later reflections. Were they resistant or receptive? Why?
Missions research activity - Week five
This week find out all that you can about missions education, financing and prayer support in your local church. Talk to those involved with Nazarene Missions International in your church. Talk to the pastor. Title your written report "An accurate picture of my church's involvement in global outreach." If you want to get really carried away, talk to your district NMI president about his or her expectations for the churches on the district.
Interview - Week six
Interview someone who has been on the mission field. Ideally, this would be an actual missionary. If someone like that is not available, talk to someone who has been on a short-term experience like a college student with Youth in Mission or someone who has been on a Work and Witness trip. Your district NMI president may be able to suggest someone living near you as a subject for this interview.
As you prepare for the interview think back over these six weeks. Let your questions flow from the insights from material in weeks one, three, four and five: Biblical and Theological foundations, cultural dimensions, and strategic dimensions.
Missionary Reading Book Report - Week six
Read one of the NMI missionary reading books produced each year by Nazarene Publishing House. Submit a short summary report to the VC. Be sure to include the title and author of the book.
Final exam - End of week six
You will be sent a set of short-answer questions. This will be an "open book" test. That is, in taking the test, you may refer to all of the materials you have at your disposal. There will be at least one "case study" in which you will be presented a problem and asked to give a solution based on what you've learned in this course.

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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