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DMC 801Foundations of Church Growth (3)
The basic principles and procedures of church growth as developed in Donald McGavran’s Understanding Church Growth are studied and applied to present-day missiology.
DMC 802Strategies for Church Growth (3)
Methods of thinking through evangelistic strategy planning for increased effectiveness in the field. Emphasis will be placed on such topics as: spiritual gifts, spiritual warfare, culture, congregational and mission structures, goal setting, and basic biblical principles.
DMC 803Church Planting (3)
The principles of planting churches will be the main content of this course. Factors that will be examined include: biblical models of church planting, understanding the various contexts and cultures in which church planting occurs, the different kinds of structures each context might need, and the skills a church planter needs to master.
DMC 804Dynamics of Church Planting Movements (3)
Analyzes what is involved in developing a comprehensive regional or national church planting strategy. Topics include strategic intercession, cultivating commitment to a church planting vision, mobilizing and coaching church planters, and multiplying congregations through parent churches.
DMC 805Dynamics of Church Growth in the Two-Third’s World (3)
A critical analysis of those factors (historical, cultural, sociological, anthropological, spiritual) that help us to understand the impressive growth of evangelical congregations in the Two-Third’s World.
DMC 806Mission Strategies for Reaching the 10-40 Window (3)
Two-Thirds of the world’s population living between the 10th and the 40th parallels north of the equator, adhere to three major world religions, none of which have been easily penetrated with the gospel. This course enumerates the demographic realities, and concentrates on methods the Christian missionary movement can utilize to make inroads in this part of the world.
DMC 807Spiritual Warfare and World Mission (3)
A study of the methods and disciplines given to us by God to resist and to fight the principalities and powers of both this world and Satan’s power. Particularly the new and innovative uses of prayer will be both studied and practiced.
DMD 808Introduction to International Development (3)
This course surveys the extent of human need in the Two-Third’s world
and the basic philosophies that are being followed to address those needs.
DMD 809Facilitating Holistic Community Development (3)
Examines the basic tasks and skills of a project coordinator in participatory development, with specific applications to select example areas, such as health care or participatory evaluation.
DMD 810Participatory Project Planning Management (3)
Examines the theory and practice of participatory processes in church-based holistic development activity. Plans are made with community members in group process rather than for them.
DMH 811The Historical Development of the Christian Movement (3)
An analysis is done of the dynamics of the growth of the Christian movement from the apostolic age to the present. In addition, the prospects for A.D. 2000 are also discussed. This is a foundational course.
DMH 812The History and Theology of Renewal (3)
A study is undertaken of the revivals and awakenings in both Western and non-Western countries, which have been the dynamic behind much missionary expansion and social improvement.
DMH 813Contemporary Mission Movements and Mission Structures (3)
A survey of the new ways (often a new way of using older methods) of understanding and doing mission. Entrepreneurial or tent-making missions, incarnational mission to the poor, strategic partnerships between mission agencies, Messianic synagogues, or missionaries who work with established in-country churches are just a few of the new structures that are being used.
DML 814Foundational Issues for Emerging Leaders (3)
A study is undertaken concerning the processes that can be used in leadership selection. This study includes: development phases, process items, sphere of influence, spiritual authority, and leadership principles. The focus is on biblical and missionary case studies to illustrate the theory.
DML 815Foundations of Leadership (3)
A survey of leadership theory, including the history of leadership, and contributions from various disciplines including: sociology, anthropology, and management theory. Explores biblical perspectives on leadership, including such topics as styles, spiritual gifts, modeling, emergence patterns, and church structures.
DML 816Mentoring (3)
Conducts an in-depth study of relational empowerment and the nine basic mentor types: mentor, discipler, spiritual guide, coach, counselor, teacher, sponsor, contemporary model, historical model and divine contact.
DML 817Leadership Training Models (3)
An overview of leadership development which first focuses on the evaluation of training, using four major evaluation models as standards for evaluation. The course next categorizes 30-40 training models under three headings: formal, non-formal, and informal. Finally, various field-training cases are analyzed using the perspectives that were introduced in the course.

Doctoral Programs


DML 818Developing Leaders for Urban Ministries (3)
Equips professional church leaders and designated instructors within parachurch organizations to plan and design programs to train volunteer Christian leaders for effective ministry in multicultural urban settings around the world.
DMT 819Theology of Mission (3)
A study of missions is advanced that operates out of a biblical perspective. This course will examine the biblical themes and paradigms within which world mission activity operates.
DMT 820New Testament Concepts of Mission (3)
The biblical issues and concepts of world mission found in the study of the New Testament are explored in this course. An in-depth study of the cross-cultural ministry of the Apostle Paul will frame the major content.
DMS 821Ethics and World Missions (3)
The ethical issues that apply to and issue out of the practice and administration of missions will be taught and discussed.
DMS 822Tent-Making Models in World Missions that Work (3)
An in-depth study of the theory and practice of tent-making missions within the world mission endeavor will be the topic of this course. Relevant models that have been working will be examined, and an analysis of why they have worked in their respective contexts will be attempted.
DMS 823Conflict Management in World Mission (3)
Conflicts arise in the operation of the missionary endeavor. This course examines not only where conflict can occur (support base, between missionaries, between missionary and indigenous worker, cultural differences), it also suggests amelioration and reconciliation principles and techniques that are helpful in overcoming conflict.
DMS 824Public Speaking for Missionaries (3)*
All missionaries must do public speaking when they are at home on furlough. This course concentrates on how to put together a missionary service that impacts the audience and builds both prayer and financial support for the ministry.
DMS 825Alternative Mission Structures (3)
This course will examine a large number of new and innovative mission structures that are currently being attempted in the missionary endeavor, particularly in cities and in the 14-40 Window. Attempts will be made both to describe and to evaluate each one in the light of the major concerns and new frontiers of Christian world mission.
DMC 826Folk Religion: Belief and Practice (3)
The course will center around the animistic worldview and phenomenology of experience, and their bearing on the advocacy of acceptance or rejection of the gospel. Christian evangelism and confrontation with animism will also be emphasized.
DMC 827Cross-Cultural Missions (3)
The work of missions almost always occurs within a second culture. This course studies the issues relating to crossing cultural boarders and mission activity in cross-cultural settings.
DMC 828World Religions (3)
The major world religions are often resistant to the missionary endeavor. Therefore, it is necessary that Christian missionaries have a thorough knowledge of the content of these religions, before they begin mission activity among them. This course examines Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism in detail.
DMC 829Folk Religion (3)
A study of folk religion of the world and how folk religionists can be reached with the gospel. This study also includes the impact of folk religion on the major religions of the world, and what in mission settings, the missionary can do to guard against the dangers that folk religion presents (syncretism).
DMC 830 Power Encounter (3)
The study of the utilization of the power encounter (as defined by Tippett) in the extension and growth of the people of God. The focus of the course is on the biblical validity, the historical use, and contemporary relevance of spiritual power encounters in the extension of the Kingdom of God.
DMU 831 Urban World Mission (3)
A study of the rapid urbanization of the world’s cities, particularly cities found in the Two-Third’s World will be the subject of this course. Also included will be the way of life of the people living in these cities, and the responsibility of the Church of Christ. The question will be addressed as to whether the mission agencies need to shift as many of its human and financial resources as possible from rural to urban missions.
DMU 832 Mission Among the World’s Poor (3)
One of the results of the rapid urbanization is that poverty has grown. Eighty percent of the world’s poorest people live in the 10-40 Window. This course studies this phenomenon and examines: the lack of mission response to the poor, the opportunities presented in mission activity among the resistant relegions, and recent attempts to reach the poor with the gospel.
DMU 833 Church Planting in the Urban Context (3)
An exploration is made surrounding how churches grow in an urban world, using the Apostle Paul’s mission paradigm and a holistic approach.
DMU 834 Contextualization Issues in World Mission (3)
Wherever mission activity occurs, knowledge of the context is very important. This course surveys the major theories of contextualization and suggests where and when each one is best used.
DMU 835 Economic Development in the City (3)
This course examines urban community economic development from a Christian perspective, focusing particularly on the promise and potential of the role of the church in facilitating and promoting economic change among the poor in the cities of the Two-Third’s World.
DMU 836 The City in Theological Perspective (3)
This course assists students in reflecting theologically on the challenges and opportunities of the urban context and on Christian ministry carried out in that context by exposing them to a variety of contemporary theological perspectives, assisting them in developing a method of reflecting theologically on urban life.
DMU 837 Incarnation and Mission Among the World’s Urban Poor (3)
The principles of self-denial, sacrifice and service to the poor will be studied in order to bring the Kingdom of God and justice them, and to gain intimacy with the Lord. Participants will engage in practical experience

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