Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a semester-long, one-night-per-week world missions course which can be taken for personal enrichment or even for college credit. The course is taught in lots of locations across the U.S.A., often in churches. For schedules of classes and enrollment information, go to: Perspectives study program.

Lesson 8:

Lesson 12: Christian Community Development

End-of-course integrative project

An end-of-the-course project in which students describe a design for reaching a people group currently heretofore unreached by the Gospel

This project asks you to apply principles learned in the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course to a specific people group.

While recognizing that the availability of information on various people groups will vary widely and that students themselves will have different interests and strengths, the goal is for the project writers to demonstrate the ability to recall and apply the concepts they have been taught through the Perspectives course.

Each part of the paper is worth about 15 points with the timeline being given a bit more weight.

Part 1 - Why this people now?
Begin with the rationale (historic, biblical and strategic) for focusing on your chosen people group. Which cultural boundaries define this particular people group? Re-state the case for pioneer work among groups without an indigenous church.
Concepts from Lessons 1 - 9: Biblical and Historical perspectives
Part 2 - Understanding your people
Describe the culture of the chosen people group. How will this culture be engaged by the evangelism and church planting approaches you are advocating?
Concepts primarily from Lesson 10: How shall they hear?
Part 3 - Mobilizing needed missionaries
From what sources will you draw a missionary force? Identify viable roles which need to be filled for an effective relational engagement of this people group.
Concepts primarily from Lesson 11: Building bridges of love
Part 4- Development and resource mobilization
Describe the needs of this people group that could serve as avenues for engagement. Answer the question: What resources could be utilized to address the needs of this people? Creativity, insight and breadth of proposals are important.
Concepts from Strategic section: especially lesson 12 on Christian Community Development
Part 5 - Envisioning a multiplying church planting movement
Envision culturally appropriate responses to the presentation of the gospel. What would it look like if this people group were to follow Christ in ways meaningful to them? How might this movement be different from one in the culture from which you will be sending missionaries?
Concepts primarily from Lesson 13: Spontaneous multiplication of churches
Part 6 - Put it all together on a timeline
Lay out a scenario for reaching this people group with a culturally relevant church planting movement. Don't be overly optimistic in your time frames. Take into consideration the complexities of starting church planting movements, the obstacles within and outside of the people group, the roles outsiders will need to play, and the long-term need for partnership.
Concepts from Lesson 14: Pioneer church planting

Distractions that can cost you points

What about length?

    -- Howard Culbertson

Ten imperatives for missionaries

THUMB -- acrostic to remember the unreached peoples     10/40 Window explanation and map     Seeking God's will?     African martyr's commitment     Mission trip fundraising     Ten ways to ruin a mission trip     Nazarene Missions International resources