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Reformed Theological Seminary
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Ms 518 - Missions
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MISSIONS MS 518 Fall Term 2011 Wednesdays 1 00 3 00 p m Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte Dr John W P Oliver Course Description This course examines issues in the world mission enterprise in light of today s challenges opportunities and obligations The biblical mandate for missions is clarified the historical spread of Christianity with missionary movements and leaders is reviewed and barriers to missions are examined Contemporary issues is present day missionary endeavors are mentioned briefly at term s end but cannot be dealt with extensively in a two hour introductory course in missions Such issues would form a considerable part of the content of a subsequent course in missions were there such in our present curriculum Course goals 1 To inform the student on the role of the pastor in leading the congregation in obedience to the Great Commission 2 To enable the student to understand the biblical theological basis of world evangelization that world evangelization is the goal of the Gospel It is not an option it is an obligation 3 To introduce the student to the general history and the leading personalities of the Christian world of missions the realm of international missionary cooperation and authentic evangelical ecumenicity 4 To develop a strategy for missions that will be personally professionally and denominationally effective in programming the local church into the biblical mission as given by our Risen Lord 5 The course will introduce the student to the resources available for continuing growth in the study and presentation of the mandate given by our Lord to evangelize the world Means of Achieving the Aims 1 The student has the assignment to read one missionary biography previously unread by the student that is legitimately book length no evangelical cliff notes please which will be presented in a one or two page written report The biography is about a missionary technically as opposed to evangelists or other outstanding leaders Billy Graham George Whitefield et al or a movement such as the Welsh Revival of 1904 Ideally the student will select a missionary about which little is previously known The idea is to learn of someone basically unknown heretofore to the student Who are Mary Slessor Praying Hyde Henry Martyn etc On September 21 2011 the student s selection should be turned in typed please on a sheet of paper that includes on successive lines in order the student s name the missionary s name the name of the biography with the author publisher and number of pages Copies of the written report Two pages at most one if possible are to be provided for the professor and each class member This written assignment is due on October 19 2011 2 A brief and somewhat polemical essay of three to five pages dealing the method of providing missionary support is to be submitted The essay is to look at both sides of the issue of the so called faith mission means of missionary support vis a vis missionary salaries paid from a general denominational or agency fund While the essay should look at both sides of the issue it should argue for one position as well as shore up the view that missionaries should itinerate to secure prayer support from individuals Christian groups and congregations This is due November 16 2011 3 The reading of the primary text From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya should be basically divided by the weeks of the term 490 pages divided by thirteen weeks in the term equals 38 pages a week The subjects of class presentations will often generally coordinate with information from the sections of the book Tucker s book is very readable and should be enjoyed as the mind and heart are informed and moved Please stay current in reading Tucker s book 4 A short answer examination during the period for finals will principally review material discussed in class which in most cases will coordinate with the material in From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya Two questions to be answered along with the final examination which if answered positively will be a nice help toward a good grade will be whether or not both required text books From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya and Back to Jerusalem have been read in their entirety Without doing the required reading it is not possible to receive higher that a C even if all other grades are an A Field Trip to JAARS at Waxhaw On Wednesday TBA the class will assemble at 1 00 p m at the JAARS Jungle Aviation and Radio Service headquarters in Waxhaw N C Annually the staff there provides a most informative tour for the Missions Classes at RTS The tour will be completed by 3 00 p m Class members are invited to be Dr Oliver s guests for lunch in the JAARS cafeteria General serving begins at Noon and by special arrangement to assist class members will continue until 12 30 p m Those who have a morning class lasting until Noon should ask the professor to be excused at 11 40 a m if they wish to have lunch in the JAARS cafeteria Students should allow forty five minutes to drive from the campus to JAARS park and be in the serving line before 12 30 p m The class will assemble at 1 00 p m in the small auditorium just beyond the main entrance lobby of the main building Attendance will be taken This is always a highlight for our Missions Classes here at RTS The Lord has raised up JAARS and used it in amazing ways to further the Gospel especially through Bible translation Directions to JAARS will be provided in class Class Participation Prayer for Missions Each student enrolled for credit will take a turn leading in prayer for the country countries named for the a Wednesday date beginning with March 12 in Operation World Before the prayer a THREE MINUTE ONLY summary about the country to be prayed for should be given from material in Operation World Of particular interest in the three minute summary would be for example the percentage of Christians to total population several of the major missionary agencies at work in that country etc Keep the summary CONCISE and memorable Presentation of Missionary Agencies Each student enrolled for credit will present a one page single spaced written report on an assigned missionary agency and provide copies to distribute to the entire class The agency will be assigned by the professor who may make brief comments about the various agencies The students written reports should note size number of missionaries well known names if any in the history of the mission for example Hudson Taylor founded the China Inland Mission Overseas Missionary


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