304 – Missional Outreach – Week 1

Course Objectives/Competencies:

Student will:

  1. Describe how our God is a missionary God from Genesis 1:28, 12:1-4, Acts 3:13, 25, Acts 8, to Revelation 5:9, 7:9, and 14:6 and 22:2b. Use additional Bible references as gleaned from the John Stott article. Post about three pages single spaced (double spaced between paragraphs) to your discussion forum. (biblical)
  2. Identify and explain how the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), the Great Commandment (Luke 10:29-37) and the Great Committed Witness (Acts 1:8) work together in your personal and church life to give the gospel to every nation, tribe and language. Post about three pages single spaced (double spaced between paragraphs) to your discussion forum. (Individual)
  3. Demonstrate three missional outreach examples (use Get Dirty evangelism lessons as examples) by practicing each in a real-life ministry setting. Write at least two paragraphs of reflection for each experience. (ministry)
This week we will focus on orientation to the course and what missional outreach means. As for orientation, please do review the syllabus. You probably have not heard of that word missional used as it will be in this course, nor will you find it in the dictionary, but you will quickly learn it is a word that sets a practice of the church influencing community–local, regional and worldwide. Examples given in the videos will assist in understanding practical demonstration of missional outreach. After hearing examples, you will observe missional is a personal as well as church responsibility and biblical mandate applied to your neighbor and those on the?other side of the world.

Assignment 1.1

Access and read two links: You may use additional websites to help understand the term “missional” but be careful which sites you select beyond the ones posted below. A good site should stay away from missional meaning “social justice” or the “emergent church” on one side but on the other side should also be much more than sitting at Starbucks and sharing a conversation about Jesus. Now, go ahead and see what missional is.

NOTE: To access this article, you will need to join the free online Newsletter from Christianity Today. If you do not desire to do so, you should still obtain enough background to do the assignment for this week. To become a free member, simply go to the end of the article and there will be a process and procedure to obtain this free service.

 

Article by Alan Hirsch defining missional and describing key components as well as making comparison to attractional churches.

 

Article going into depth of what, how, where and who per missional outreach. As a part of this site you may also view a video of Alan Hirsch describing “Living Missionally in a Local Church.” Know this video is long (1:02:36) so you may desire to catch the ideas by fast forwarding through it but you can still obtain the essence of the topic.

Assignment 1.2

Access and watch two Videos.

(4:50) Characteristics of a Missional Church–a video where Tim Keller, Sr. Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, discusses characteristics of a missional church.

(3:41)? Re-Imagine: A missional church video with Jonathan Dove, Lead Pastor at Mt. Albert Baptist Church in Mt. Albert, Auckland, New Zealand, giving examples of their church influencing a neighborhood and world with real-life suggestions from domestic and foreign experiences.

Assignment 1.3

Watch the following two videos. They will make these ideas simple and practical, you will find the following hyperlinks very helpful:

(Video One: 2:00) How a missional church compares to a traditional western church.

(Video Two: 2:39) How a missional community is so natural as we use our interests and abilities to share and follow Jesus.

Assignment 1.4

Post four paragraphs of why AND how missional outreach fits with your church and you. If you are skeptical about adopting a missional outreach, give reasons why. Reasons should be for both your church and personally for you.

NOTE: Be sure to post your responses to at least two peer posts each week. This may be a few sentences that focus on issues or ideas or it could be a paragraph or so showing your critical thinking on ideas presented. This is a significant part of each week where you give (and will get) feedback to a couple of your peers. Such participation response to peer posts is very significant as it is worth maximum 100 points each week.