Global Evangelism / Communicating the Gospel in a Pluralistic World at NBC

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"This class has reset my thinking and challenged many of my previous thoughts about missions." -- Thom Fish, pastor

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FAQs about the courses Global Evangelism and Communicating the Gospel in a Pluralistic World

Frequently Asked Questions -- world missions course

"I love the regular rhythm of assignments due Wednesday, Fridaym and Sunday. I find that extremely helpful to stay on top of assignments. The text and lectures are typically thoughtful and interesting. -- student response on end-of-course evaluation

"Does submitting our brief autobiography and responding to our classmates' personal stories in Week 1 count toward the attendance requirement of being present 5 days each week?"

"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 turned in by 3 or 4 a.m. was actually written at the end of someone's day rather than at the beginning of it.

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 coming 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.

"Why are we required to read every single posting in Scribe? Posts by other students are sometimes repetitive and just take up my time."
Scribe 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 adds to and carries forward a discussion. Not reading all your classmates' posts would be like 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. Lack of attention to what others in the classroom are saying is not good online classroom etiquette either.

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 after a student in a previous class 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 response is due early in the week prior to much class discussion. It focuses upon the reflection of the required reading (text, professor's lecture, and other articles). The weekly summary may look at the text but it could also center on what other students had to say in class discussion or even on insights gained from doing the special project of that week. Thus, the Weekly Summary is much broader-based than the Wednesday reading reflection.

Among other things, having you wrap up to the week gets you to: (1) Delving back into the textbook. Sometimes class discussion strays away from the central topic of the week. So, looking back at the text or other reading will help fix things from that reading in long-term memory. It could even be that after a week of thinking about a particular topic in the reading, you realize that something may be more important than you had originally thought.

"Does the NMI Central report in week 3 have to be over the Nazarene publication? Can it be any other regular email publication 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, if you are part of the Church of the Nazarene, you should report on NMI Central. If you are a member of another denomination, you may choose a similar regular publication about your own church's overseas missionary work (or you can look at and evaluate what the Nazarenes are doing).

"Does the missionary we interview for the Week 6 assignment have to have been 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.

"I haven't been able to get a copy of the Basic Bible Studies for New Believers for the Week 3 end-of-the-week assignment. What shall I do?"
Here's an online pdf copy of that material. Remember that the object of doing this is not to learn the material. The object is for you to evaluate this as a discipleship tool for churches to use with new converts

"I posted something on five different days of the week. Why did I get credit for only three days of 'participation'?"
You did get attendance credit for being "present" five days out of the week. The participation score refers to reply posts. Therefore, there are actually two "five days out of seven" requirements. One is for attendance (submitting either an assignment or a reply post). The other is for participating in class discussion via reply posts. You submitted reply posts on three different days, so you received participation credit for three days.
"How thoroughly would you like us to investigate the links you supply in your lectures? For example, devotional studies on Jonah, Mrs. Fitkin, biblical examples of world evangelism, and so on?"
Think of those resources as additional if-you-have-the-time enrichment material. How thoroughly you investigate them will depend on the time available and your level of interest in deepening your understanding of course content.

"The instructions for the weekly reading reflections say that our submissions must contain at least 250 words. Is that for each of the two parts of the reflection or just one part or a total of the two parts?"
Good question. It refers to a total of the two parts. However, students usually go beyond that number since they must answer one question of their choosing from the textbook in addition to their reactions to the material they read that week. I also recognize that some of us are wordier than others. Some can give meaty, thoughtful, and succinct responses in 250 words. Others may take 400 or more words to say basically the same thing.

More important than the number of words -- whether it contains 250 or 500 words -- is that your reading reflection indicates you are grappling with the ideas expressed in the reading rather than it being something off the top of your head that could have been written before the reading was ever done.
"Will an 'Incomplete' grade in a course affect my Grade Point Average (GPA)?"
An "incomplete" grade means you are not getting any academic credit for that class. So, it so is not included in any way in the grade point average. However, if you do not meet the agreed-upon deadline for turning in missing work, then the "I" will turn into whatever default grade you had at the end of the course. That grade will be included in your GPA.
"Are "incomplete" grades bad?"
No. They give you a chance to recover from unforeseen issues that stymied your ability to complete some assignments on time. They are, in a sense, a kind of "grace" extended to you. If, on the other hand, you fail to complete the missing assignments then you have only postponed the inevitable and will get the letter grade that was in the grade book at the end of the course. The two times they might be "bad" are: (1) if your impending graduation from NBC depends on your successfully completing that particular course. In that case, it will delay your graduation. (2) If your financial aid depends on your completing all the courses in which you are enrolled in that quarter, then your aid will be held up until the "I" grade is removed.

"One thing that I really enjoyed about this class is it forced us to get out and talk to people and learn through interviewing and discussing with others rather than just reading and writing." -- M.B., Nazarene Bible College studnet

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"This is a great coarse that opened my eyes to the struggles Christians face around the globe. It gave me an understanding of the real need for missionaries around the world. It's still hard to fathom that there are over two billion people who have not heard about Jesus." -- student on end-of-the-course evaluation

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