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M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership

Outdoor and Adventure Leadership Concentration

Arrow Leadership Partner Program

Arrow Executive Stream Program

3DM Partner Program

NewThing Partner Program

Evangelism and Leadership Course Descriptions

M.A. in Missional Church Movements

3DM Partner Program

NewThing Partner Program

Missional Church Movement Course Descriptions

 

Chair, Professor Edward Stetzer

Director, Professor Rick Richardson

Assistant Director, Christina Walker

M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership

Our mission for this degree track is to develop people for effective work in evangelism that is informed by critical engagement with the nature of the gospel, Christian life and thought, and the cultures of the contemporary world. The Great Commission is a call for all followers of Christ to be engaged in the process of leading people to a relationship with Christ and nurturing them in discipleship and Christian growth. This can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit and sensitive engagement with contemporary cultural, philosophical, historical, contextual, and lifestyle realities.

The program leading to a Master of Arts degree requires 40 hours of course work. The graduate six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies requirement is met by taking EVAN 526 and an approved 4-hour BITH course from the approved Category I list. Additional required courses include EVAN 534, 542, 545, 558, 559, 573, INTR 561 (4-hour version), and EVAN 692 for a total of 32 hours. Fitting the professional nature of the degree, learning in many of the courses will be done through directed field work and other experiential methodologies.

Outdoor and Adventure Leadership Concentration

Coordinator, Muhia Karianjahi

The Outdoor and Adventure Leadership (OAL) concentration is designed for current camp ministry professionals. In addition to normal M.A. degree program entry requirements, one year of appropriate experience in OAL work as certified by the Director of the Evangelism and Leadership Degree program is required prior to taking the initial CFM core course at Honey Rock. The courses required for the concentration are:

*       CFM 565 Temporary Communities and the Church (4)

*       CFM 661 Foundations of Experiential Education (4)

*       CFM 662 Theology and Practice of Outdoor Adventure Leadership. (4)

*       CFM 663 Leadership Development in Outdoor Adventure Leadership (4)

 

The Evangelism and Leadership core courses (24 hours) for OAL concentration students is:

*       EVAN 526 Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal (4)

*       EVAN 534 Apologetics in Global Context (2) (or substitute which must be approved by Program Coordinator)

*       EVAN 542 Church: Movements and Models (4)

*       EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global (4)

*       EVAN 573 Evangelism Research Methods (2)

*       INTR 561 Intercultural Communication (4)

*       EVAN 692 Comprehensive Exam (0)

*       BITH Category I TSR course (BITH 565, 566, or 576) (4)

 

Non-OAL students can register for Honey Rock courses only by permission from the Evangelism and Leadership Director.

Arrow Leadership Partner Program

Assistant Director, Christina Walker

Students who have graduated from the Arrow Leadership Program prior to admission may choose to enter the Arrow Leadership Partner Program. Through an arrangement between Wheaton College and the Arrow Leadership Program, upon 1) successful completion of EVAN 542: Church: Movements and Models and 2) recommendation of the Program Coordinator based on a paper summarizing the relevance of their Arrow work to evangelism and leadership, qualified students are granted a total of 14 semester hours of credit (10 for their Arrow Partnership work and 4 for EVAN 542) towards the completion of the M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership degree.

In order to receive the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership, students take 26 semester hours of additional courses, including:

*       EVAN 526 Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal (4)

*       EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global (4)

*       EVAN 559 Organizational and Change Leadership (4)

*       EVAN 573 Evangelism Research Methods (2)

*       INTR 561 Foundations of Intercultural Communication (4)

*       EVAN 692 Comprehensive Exam (0)

*       One of the listed Theological Studies Requirement Category I courses (4)

*       Electives (4)

 

Students meet the graduate six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies requirement by taking an approved 4-hour BITH course from the approved Category I list and EVAN 526.

Arrow Executive Stream Partner Program

Assistant Director, Christina Walker

Students who have graduated from the Arrow Executive Stream Program prior to admission may choose to enter the Arrow Executive Stream Partner Program. Through an arrangement between Wheaton College and the Arrow, upon 1) successful completion of EVAN 542: Church: Movements and Models and 2) the report of the Arrow President confirming successful completion of the Arrow Executive Stream work, qualified students are granted a total of 12 semester hours of credit (8 for their Arrow Executive Stream work and 4 for EVAN 542) towards the completion of the M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership degree. The 8 semester hours awarded for their Arrow Executive Stream work will be EVAN 558 (4), EVAN 691 (2) and EVAN 694 (2).

In order to receive the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership, students take 28 semester hours of additional courses, including:

*       EVAN 526 Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal (4)

*       EVAN 534 Apologetics in Global Context (2)

*       EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global (4)

*       EVAN 559 Organizational and Change Leadership (4)

*       EVAN 573 Evangelism Research Methods (2)

*       INTR 561 Foundations of Intercultural Communication (4)

*       EVAN 692 Comprehensive Exam (0)

*       One of the listed Theological Studies Requirement Category I courses (4)

*       Electives (4)

 

Students meet the graduate six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies requirement by taking an approved 4-hour BITH course from the approved Category I list and EVAN 526.

3DM Partner Program

Assistant Director, Christina Walker

Students who are accepted into the 3DM Internship Program may choose to enter the 3DM Partner Program at Wheaton Graduate School. Through an arrangement between Wheaton College and 3DM, upon 1) successful completion of the 3DM internship and learning community experience, 2) successful completion of EVAN 542: Church: Movements and Models and 3) recommendation of the Program Coordinator based on a final paper for EVAN 542 which includes integrative reflection on their 3DM experience, qualified students are granted a total of 12 semester hours of credit (8 for their 3DM work and 4 for EVAN 542) towards the completion of the M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership degree. The 8 semester hours awarded for their 3DM work will be MISS 564 (2), MISS 565 (2), and 4 credits of electives.

In order to receive the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership, students take 28 semester hours of additional courses, including:

*       EVAN 526 Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal (4)

*       EVAN 534 Apologetics in Global Context (2)

*       EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global (4)

*       EVAN 558 Personal Development and Leadership (4)

*       EVAN 559 Organizational and Change Leadership (4)

*       EVAN 573 Evangelism Research Methods (2)

*       INTR 561 Foundations of Intercultural Communication (4)

*       EVAN 692 Comprehensive Exam (0)

*       One of the listed Theological Studies Requirement Category I courses (4)

 

Students meet the graduate six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies requirement by taking an approved 4-hour BITH course from the approved Category I list and EVAN 526.

If students are part of a cohort of 10 3DM partner program students or more, they may be able to take some of their approved courses at a 3DM training site with Wheaton College approved faculty.

NewThing Partner Program

Assistant Director, Christina Walker

Students who are completed the NewThing Residency program may choose to enter the NewThing Partner Program at Wheaton Graduate School. Through an arrangement between Wheaton College and NewThing, upon 1) successful completion of the NewThing Residency, as documented by report from the NewThing Director, and 2) successful completion of EVAN 542: Church: Movements and Models, qualified students are granted a total of 12 semester hours of credit (8 for their NewThing work and 4 for EVAN 542) towards the completion of the M.A. in Evangelism and Leadership degree. The 8 semester hours awarded for their NewThing work will be MISS 564 (2), MISS 565 (2), and 4 credits of electives.

In order to receive the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership, students take 28 semester hours of additional courses, including:

*       EVAN 526 Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal (4)

*       EVAN 534 Apologetics in Global Context (2)

*       EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global (4)

*       EVAN 558 Personal Development and Leadership (4)

*       EVAN 559 Organizational and Change Leadership (4)

*       EVAN 573 Evangelism Research Methods (2)

*       INTR 561 Foundations of Intercultural Communication (4)

*       EVAN 692 Comprehensive Exam (0)

*       One of the listed Theological Studies Requirement Category I courses (4)

 

Students meet the graduate six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies requirement by taking an approved 4-hour BITH course from the approved Category I list and EVAN 526.

If students are part of a cohort of 10 NewThing partner program students or more, they may be able to take some of their approved courses at a NewThing training site with Wheaton College approved faculty.

Evangelism and Leadership Courses (EVAN)

EVAN 516x. Spiritual Formation and Witness. See INTR 514 (2)

EVAN 526. Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal. Examines the gospel as the good news of Godís inaugurated kingdom, with a focus on the centrality of Jesusí death and resurrection as interpretive center. Investigates the dynamic of the spread of this good news throughout Scripture and history. Explores more recent movements of renewal and revival in relation to issues of evangelism and social transformation.

EVAN 534. Apologetics in Global Context. Examines apologetics as the study and practice of establishing the plausibility of the Christian faith within particular cultures and contexts. Explores various philosophical and cultural frameworks for apologetics and then applies them to modernist, postmodern, multi-ethnic and global contexts and questions. (2)

EVAN 542. Church: Movements and Models. Explores different paradigms and models of church, paying special attention to the most recent emerging missional movements and their characteristics, impact and trajectory. Includes field trip visits and guest lecturers representing various existing models of churches and ministries. Assesses ministries using a number of different evaluative tools that are widely used. Fee $30.

EVAN 545. Culture: Emerging and Global. Explores the shape of ministry and evangelism in postmodern, post-Christendom and globalizing cultures. Examines popular culture in the U.S. as a key context for ministry and a critical influence around the world. Reframes evangelism, apologetics, preaching, healing, and discipleship in relation to the significant cultural shifts that are occurring.

EVAN 546x. Discipleship. See CFM 532 (2)

EVAN 547. Evangelistic Communication. Exposes students to the dynamics of communication and communication theory, with application to the task of communicating the gospel in contemporary contexts. The theological, conceptual, and practical role of media, drama, the arts, metaphor, and symbol will also be explored. (2)

EVAN 548. Evangelism and the Local Church. Explores the theology, strategies, practice, and leadership styles associated with implementing evangelism through a variety of ecclesiological traditions and local church settings.

EVAN 556. Leadership and Evangelism. Examines the literature on personal leadership development, biblically and in contemporary contexts, with application to the task of leading the church or Christian agencies into evangelistic effectiveness. Special attention is given to devise or revise the mission and vision of a Christian organization seeking to be missional. (2)

EVAN 558. Personal Development and Leadership. Examines the theological, theoretical, and practical foundations for leadership in relation to personal development, stages of development over the life cycle, spiritual disciplines, personal witness, and the leaderís relational skills and practices.

EVAN 559. Organizational and Change Leadership. Explores the processes, stages, and leadership capacities and skills for leading change in organizations. Examines biblical and theological perspectives on leadership, organizations and change. Introduces principles of social entrepreneurship. Equips students for leading churches and organizations toward becoming missional and evangelistic.

EVAN 573. Evangelism Research Methods. Equips students with the rationale and methodology of qualitative research in cultural contexts, with an emphasis on the application of qualitative methods to a specific context through research projects. (2)

EVAN 691. Ministry Practicum. Provides practical, guided ministry experience in which students serve under supervision with regular interaction and instruction in the area of ministry. Graded pass/fail. (2)

EVAN 692. Comprehensive Exam. Prerequisite: submission of Candidacy form. Fee $75. Graded pass/fail. (0)

EVAN 694. Seminar in Evangelism. In-depth study of selected topics growing out of special concerns of professors and students. (2 or 4)

EVAN 695. Independent Study. (1 to 4)

EVAN 696. Internship. Graded pass/fail. (2 or 4)

EVAN 698. Applied Thesis/Thesis. (2 or 4)

EVAN 699. Applied Thesis/Thesis Continuation. See M.A. Thesis/Applied Thesis/Action Research. (0)

M.A. in Missional Church Movements

Our mission for this degree track is to develop people for effective work in planting and building reproducing missional churches, ministries, and movements that reflect a critical engagement with the nature of the gospel, Christian life and thought, and the cultures of the contemporary world. The Great Commission is a call for all followers of Christ to be engaged in the process of leading people to a relationship with Christ, nurturing them in discipleship and Christian growth, and involving them in expressions of Godís people on Godís mission. This can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit and sensitive engagement with contemporary cultural, philosophical, historical, contextual, and lifestyle realities.

The program leading to a Master of Arts degree requires 40 hours of course work. The graduate six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies requirement is met by taking EVAN 526 and an approved 4-hour BITH course from the approved Category I list. Additional required courses include MISS 562, 564, 565, 568, and 575 or 576, EVAN 542, 545, 559, INTR 561, and MISS 692 for a total of 36 hours. Fitting the professional nature of the degree, learning in many of the courses will be done through directed field work, field trips, and other experiential methodologies. The degree must be completed within five years.

3DM Partner Program

Assistant Director, Christina Walker

Students who are accepted into the 3DM Internship Program may choose to enter the 3DM Partner Program at Wheaton Graduate School. Through an arrangement between Wheaton College and 3DM, upon 1) successful completion of the 3DM internship and learning community experience, 2) successful completion of EVAN 542: Church: Movements and Models and 3) recommendation of the Program Director based on a final paper for EVAN 542 which includes integrative reflection on their 3DM experience, qualified students are granted a total of 12 semester hours of credit (8 for their 3DM work and 4 for EVAN 542) towards the completion of the M.A. in Missional Church Movements degree. The 8 semester hours awarded for their 3DM work will be MISS 564 (2), MISS 565 (2), and 4 credits of electives.

In order to receive the Masters in Missional Church Movements, students take 28 semester hours of additional courses, including:

*       EVAN 526 Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal (4)

*       EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global (4)

*       EVAN 559 Organizational and Change Leadership (4)

*       MISS 562 Launching Apostolic Movements (4)

*       MISS 568 Organic and Simple Church (2)

*       MISS 575 Urban Missional Movements (2) OR MISS 576 Missional Movements and Evangelism (2)

*       INTR 561 Foundations of Intercultural Communication (4)

*       MISS 692 Comprehensive Exam (0)

*       One of the listed Theological Studies Requirement Category I courses (4)

 

Students meet the graduate six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies requirement by taking an approved 4-hour BITH course from the approved Category I list and EVAN 526.

If students are part of a cohort of 10 3DM partner program students or more, they may be able to take some of their approved courses at a 3DM training site with Wheaton College approved faculty.

NewThing Partner Program

Assistant Director, Christina Walker

Students who are completed the NewThing Residency program may choose to enter the NewThing Partner Program at Wheaton Graduate School. Through an arrangement between Wheaton College and NewThing, upon 1) successful completion of the NewThing Residency, as documented by report from the NewThing Director, and 2) successful completion of EVAN 542: Church: Movements and Models, qualified students are granted a total of 12 semester hours of credit (8 for their NewThing work and 4 for EVAN 542) towards the completion of the M.A. in Missional Movements degree. The 8 semester hours awarded for their NewThing work will be MISS 564 (2), MISS 565 (2), and 4 credits of electives.

In order to receive the Masters in Missional Church Movements, students take 28 semester hours of additional courses, including:

*       EVAN 526 Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal (4)

*       EVAN 545 Culture: Emerging and Global (4)

*       EVAN 559 Organizational and Change Leadership (4)

*       MISS 562 Launching Apostolic Movements (4)

*       MISS 568 Organic and Simple Church (2)

*       MISS 575 Urban Missional Movements (2) OR MISS 576 Missional Movements and Evangelism (2)

*       INTR 561 Foundations of Intercultural Communication (4)

*       MISS 692 Comprehensive Exam (0)

*       One of the listed Theological Studies Requirement Category I courses (4)

 

Students meet the graduate six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies requirement by taking an approved 4-hour BITH course from the approved Category I list and EVAN 526.

If students are part of a cohort of 10 NewThing partner program students or more, they may be able to take some of their approved courses at a NewThing training site with Wheaton College approved faculty.

Missional Church Movement Courses (MISS)

MISS 562. Launching Apostolic Movements. Focuses on developing an overview of what constitutes a missional movement by gaining a working understanding and analysis of the key elements that have often coalesced in order to catalyze missional movements in Western and majority world contexts, both historically and in more contemporary times.

MISS 564. Planting and Growing Reproducing Churches. Investigates models, principles, strategies, and methodologies for planting new churches in North America that have an apostolic ethos of continual reproduction. Surveys Biblical materials on church planting, examines the recent literature and resources, and explores networks of church planting organizations and churches. (2)

MISS 565. Incarnational Ministry for Missional Churches. Explicates the basic components of missional communities, including communion, community and mission, that emphasize entering into communities and cultures and sectors of society, rather than drawing people out of their communities, contexts, and roles into siloed religious communities. (2)

MISS 568. Organic and Simple Church. Explores the dynamics of cell, simple, organic, and house church movements both here in North America and in other parts of the world. Special attention will be paid to multiplication factors, contextual influences, resourcing issues, organizational centralization and decentralization forces, and leadership patterns. (2)

MISS 575. Urban Missional Movements. Examines creative urban missional reproducing movements, paying special attention to the unique opportunities, challenges, and contexts of larger urban communities. Students will gain a knowledge of urban contexts, and explore ways the church can interact with those contexts in missional engagement. (2)

MISS 576. Missional Movements and Evangelism. Explores a research based understanding of various missional expressions and movements, learning to assess strengths and weaknesses of the various movements and expressions, and examining effective and ineffective evangelism dynamics. (2)

MISS 692. Comprehensive Exam. Prerequisite: submission of Candidacy form. Fee $75. Graded pass/fail. (0)

Revision Date: June 1, 2017

 

 

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