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Church Dynamics and Growth

EM027-612/712/812
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Individual study
Level 6, Level 7, Level 8

Lecturer

Felix Chung

Overview

This subject covers the principles and practice of church dynamics and growth, and includes a fieldwork component. Students will develop a critical understanding of the theology, principles and procedures of church growth and their significance for contemporary ministry theory and practice; learn the processes of evaluation, strategy development and effective methodologies in a congregational situation; and learn to identify the critical issues of contemporary church growth theories from biblical principles and evangelical perspective.

Delivery

  • Directed reading
  • Essays and assignments

KEY TEXTS

  • H. Conn, Theological Perspectives on Church Growth (Phillipsburg: P&R, 1977).

  • D. A. McGavran, Understanding Church Growth (revised ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980).

  • W. Shenk, Exploring Church Growth (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983).

  • C. Schwarz, Natural Church Development (St Charles: Church Smart Resources, 1996).

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