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Foundations for Church Planting

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Course Summary

This introductory undergraduate course unit recognises that church planting is a key facet of church life, evangelism, and expansion. It establishes the biblical and theological foundations of church planting and equips students in relevant areas of ministerial and personal formation geared to a role in a church plant. The unit is an Elective unit and may form part of a Major in the Discipline of Pastoral Theology within the Bachelor awards.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Outline the biblical and missiological foundations that inform an understanding of church planting

  2. Identify key themes within modern research and scholarship on church-planting

  3. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various church planting models with particular reference to church planting in an Australian context

  4. Assess their personal potential and role in a church planting context

  5. Present a proposal for a real or hypothetical church plant using the principles presented during this unit.

Course Content

  1. Why Church Planting?

  2. Culture, Change and Challenge: Evangelism in the Australian Context

  3. The Mission and Models of the Church

  4. Church Planting Models

  5. The Church Planter

  6. The Church Planting Team

  7. Vision and Values

  8. Planning and Strategy

  9. From Addition to Multiplication

  10. The Church of God at Work

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