Winter 2010

FSW – Phoenix




EV500: ART OF EVANGELISM.  Gary Reinecke.



DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to help students gain a theological understanding of evangelism and mission.  Included in the discussion is the way in which people move toward Jesus, the nature and character of conversion and subsequent process of spiritual growth.  All of which will be placed in a biblical and historical context.  This theoretical foundation will then provide the background for a multifaceted discussion of how one goes about planning and executing a viable, on-going, church-based program for evangelism.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Whether the student is a non-paid volunteer of the church, preparing for full-time vocational ministry or a full-time Christian worker this course will enhance studentŐs evangelistic ministry through discussion, application of proven evangelistic principles, and exposure to church-based evangelism ministries.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students completing this course will have (1) developed a biblical, historical and theological understanding of evangelism and mission.  (2) Be prepared in the essential skills to enhance their personal evangelism ministry. (3) Designed a healthy and effective church-based, evangelistic strategy.


COURSE FORMAT: A discussion format, allowing time for theological reflection, group interaction, and debate will provide opportunity to explore concepts and apply the issues related to the studentŐs ministry situation.  The class will meet for four sessions for a total of 30 hours.



á     Cole, Neil. Organic Church. Jossey-Bass, 2005. [272 pp.] ISBN: 078798129X.

á     Green, Michael. Evangelism in the Early Church. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004. [388 pp.] ISBN: 0802827683.

á     Guder, Darrel.  Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America.  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, February 1998.  [280pp.]  ISBN: 0802843506.

á     Richardson, Rich. Evangelism Outside the Box: New Ways to Help People Experience the Good News. IVP, 2000. [192 pp.] ISBN: 0830822763.

á     Swartz, Christian. The 3 Colors of Ministry. ChurchSmart Resources, 2001. [157 pp.] ISBN: 1889638161.



It is expected that each student will attend the classes (10%), read the materials (25%), and be prepared to participate in the classroom discussion and exercises. In addition, the student will write several short papers:


1.   Reading reports (2 pages each) on the four books: Evangelism in the Early Church, Missional Church, Evangelism Outside the Box, and Organic Church.  (15%)

2.   Three page assessment of the evangelistic effectiveness of your church.  (20%)

3.   Five page reflection paper on the studentŐs giftedness and how they will utilize those strengths in evangelism.  (30%)









This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.