Academic Programs 

Evangelism and Outreach in the 21st Century    (AM-630-3) 
 Winter/Spring 2003

This course will examine evangelism and outreach models and strategies for a variety of contexts (small, medium, and large congregations). Participants will study various innovative ways of fulfilling the purpose of the church in their communities. 


Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 28, February 11, March 11, April 1 and April 29 (D.Min. schedule)

Location: Room 206

Benjamin K. Watts
Adjunct Professor of Arts of Ministry and Theology; Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church, New London; and Interim Director, Black Ministries Program

Contact Information:

(860) 509-9514

Course Syllabus
Class web site

The Black Ministries Program


Barna, George; Evangelism That Works:  How to Reach Changing Generations with the Unchanging Gospel.  Ventura, CA:  Regal Books, 1995.

Brueggemann, Walter; Biblical Perspective on Evangelism.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 1993.

Easum, William; Sacred Cows Make Gourmet Burgers.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 1995.

Hunter, George; Church for the Unchurched.  Nashville:  Abingdon, 1996.

Hybels, Lynne & Bill; Rediscovering Church:  The Story & Vision of Willow Creek Community Church.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 1995.

Warren, Rick; The Purpose Driven Church.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 1995.



January 28
The theory of evangelism:  a theological framework beyond the great commission.

Required Reading:  Brueggemanís Biblical Perspective on Evangelism.

February 11
The changing paradigm and the obstacles to evangelism in the 21st century.

Required Reading:  Easumís Sacred Cows Make Gourmet Burgers (all).

March 11  
Evangelism and outreach strategies:  Willow Creek Community Church experience -group discussion, small group analysis, and challenges for the congregation.

Required Reading:  Hybelsí Rediscovering Church:  The Story & Vision of Willow Creek Community Church.

April 1 

Planning for evangelism and outreach:  beyond the congregationís borders. 

Required Readings:  Barnaís Evangelism That Works:  How to Reach Changing Generations with the Unchanging Gospel (all); Hunterís Church for the Unchurched (all); Warrenís The Purpose Driven Church (all). Assignment Due:  April 01, 2003, each student must turn in a comparative essay of no more than 10 pages on the books by Barna, Hunter, and Warren.  Details on this assignment will be given in class.

April 29

How does all of this class work affect your ministry?  Student presentations. 

Presentations of evangelistic and outreach projects; peer feedback; class wrap-up and evaluation.

Assignment Due:
  Each student must develop and present a draft version of his or her proposed project of evangelism or outreach (the major class project).  The presentation should be creative and engaging, so that peers and the instructor are compelled to listen.  The draft should contain enough detail for peers and the instructor to give feedback.  This presentation will contribute significantly to the final grade.

Assignment Due:
  May 6, 2003, each student must turn in the final version of her or his evangelism or outreach project.


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