Details for Evangelism in the Postmodern Context
The ‘E’ word – a concept that can equally incite ‘excitement’ and ‘excruciation’. In this unit, extroverts and introverts alike will find themselves engaging with the historical, biblical and theological roots for communicating the Gospel and gaining the skills (along with the empowering of the Spirit) to communicate effectively in their postmodern context. In doing so, students will explore ways to engage with a world where the acceptance of the Christian story is counter-cultural, as well as ways to connect the good news of the kingdom to contemporary social concerns.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: MIN202
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The unit Evangelism in the Postmodern Context is part of the subject area Ministry and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit is a practical examination of the history, theology and practice of evangelism. It stresses the empowering role of the Holy Spirit in evangelism.
- An introduction to some Biblical and historical patterns of evangelism
- A theological rationale for evangelism
- The concept of challenge, response and incorporation
- Various styles and understanding of evangelism and their effectiveness
- Church-based evangelism and discipleship programs
- A practical element by involvement in/observation of an evangelistic program
- Denominational evangelism in Australasia
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, field work, reports and guided group reflection/evaluation.
Major Essay (50%, 2500 words); Portfolio (30%, 1500 words); Forum Postings (20%, 2000 words)
Hybels, B. Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
- Amsterdam 2000. The Mission of an Evangelist. Minneapolis, MN.: World Wide Publications, 2001.
- Bailey, A. Good News Down Under: Sharing the Gospel with Australians. Sydney, NSW: Anzea Lancer, 1992.
- Banks, R. and J. The Church Comes Home: Regrouping the People of God for Community and Mission. Peabody, Mas.: Hendrickson Publishing, 1996.
- Black, A.W (ed.). Religion in Australia: Sociological Perspectives. St Leonards, NSW:Allen & Unwin, 1991.
- Dockery, David, S (ed.). The Challenge Of Postmodernism. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Books, 2001.
- Green, M. Evangelism through the Local Church.Sevenoaks, Kent, Hodder & Stoughton, 1990.
- Kaldor, P. et al. Shaping the Future: Characteristics of Vital Congregations.Adelaide, South Australia, Openbook, 1997.
- Kaldor, P et al. Initial Impressions. Adelaide, South Australia, Openbook, 2002