A systematic approach to making Christlike disciples will enable students to learn steps to discipleship, how to identify where persons are in their growth in Christ, and how to help people grow at each level.
The ability for students to disciple someone who also disciples someone is the measure of ministry success. Students will demonstrate the ability to form a group from non-believers. Practical application will be made in the classroom in small groups and in students’ faith community. Students will explain in what ways we are able to be like Christ and in what ways we are not able to be like Christ. Students will be able to compare and contrast at least two discipleship methods. Students will learn ways to develop disciples within their own context. This course is foundational for the Church Planting course.
Making Christlike disciples is at the core of the mission of the Church of the Nazarene. Many systems have been designed to help with this process. Courses that try to do an overview of various methods do not go deep enough for the student to understand why the system actual works. It is necessary to examine a model with enough depth to understand it well and then allow students to branch out and modify, adopt, or create a different method as necessary.
Intended Course Outcomes through Engagements
Students will show growth in the following ways:
- Character Formation: Discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and make a firm commitment to become like Him.
- Content Processing with Peers: Summarize what the Bible teaches about discipleship and how to apply this knowledge in ministry settings.
- Ministry Capability Development: Assess the need for discipleship in a local church and develop a plan for meeting this need.
- Application in Mission and Community: Assess the need for evangelism and discipleship in the local community and create a plan for how a local church can meet this need.
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