Pilgrim’s Progress Book Review

Book Report – Students will read “Pilgrim’s Progress” in whatever version they desire and note how this book addresses evangelistic and disciple-making methodologies for the local church today. Students will then complete an eight page book report (not including cover sheet and bibliography) explaining: (1) How the book engages with the subject of church evangelistic and disciple-making strategies, (2) What strategies might be developed to use the book as a disciple making tool, (3) How the book impacted the student’s thinking regarding evangelism and disciple-making within his/her context (the local Christian, Southern Baptist church). Books you can use for sources/references: Selected Bibliography Anderson, Leith, Dying for Change, Minneapolis: Bethany House Publisher, 1990. Barna, George, The Frog in the Kettle. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1990. Barris, Jerram, The Heart of Evangelism. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2001. Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1963. Drummond, Lewis A. Leading Your Church in Evangelism. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1975. Erickson, Millard J., Postmodernizing the Faith: Evangelical Responses to the Challenge of Postmodernism. Grand Rapids: Baker Bok House, 1998. Fish, Roy & J. E. Connant, Every Member Evangelism for Today. New York: Harper & Row, 1976. Gibbs, Eddie, Church Next: Quantum Changes in How We Do Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2000. Hull, Bill, The Disciple Making Pastor. New Jersey: Revell, 1988 Hunt Josh, Let if Grow! Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993. Kuiper, R. B., God Centered Evangelism. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1978. Lewis, Larry L., Organize to Evangelize: A Manual for Church Growth. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1988. Lewis, Robert and Wilkins, Roy – The Church of Irresistible Influence. Zondervan, 2001. McDowell, Josh, More Than a Carpenter. Wheaton IL: Tyndale House, 1987. Myers, Kenneth A. All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes. Wheaton: Good News Publishers, 1989. Perterson, Jim, Living Proof (Sharing The Gospel Naturally). Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1994. Piland, Harry M., Growing and Winning Through the Sunday School. Nashville: Convention Press, 1985. Rainer, Thom S. – Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them. Zondervan, 2001. Sproul, R. C., Reasons to Believe. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978. Spurgeon, C. H., The Soul-Winner. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1963. Thompson, W. Oscar. Concentric Circles of Concern. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981. Towns, Elmer, Evangelism and Church Growth. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1995. Warren, Rick, The Purpose Driven Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Whitney, Donald S. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1991. Course Description This course investigates the various methodologies and philosophies being espoused throughout the world by which churches mobilize for evangelistic purposes. Strengths and weaknesses are discussed with a view to developing a church evangelistic methodology within the student’s ministry culture and context. Course Rationale The Gospel does not change. However, methodologies for sharing the Gospel may change given the church’s context. Understanding the church’s willingness to engage in evangelistic activities is the first step toward developing systems that promote sharing the Gospel. Exploring what other churches have done allows the student to determine if such practices are biblically sound and appropriate for his/her context.

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