Contemporary Topics in Missions Liberty Theological Seminary
MCCS 994 Dr. D. Jim O’Neill January 8-12, 2007 Ph: 610/667-7660
I. Course Description:
What every pastor should know about world missions today. Special attention will be
given to strategies and priorities for local church involvement in missions.
II. Course Rationale:
The course is designed to help pastors think through how their local church can be
involved in the task of world evangelization. The course will seek to ask and answer the
following questions: How can the local church be faithful to both the local and global
aspects of the task? What are the theological, contextual and strategic issues that confront
the church today which impact the fulfillment of world evangelization?
III. Pre-requisite: none; part of the DMIN program
IV. Materials List
A. Guthrie, Stan. Missions in the Third Millennium, Paternoster Press, 2000
B. George Miley. Loving the Church…Blessing the Nations, Gabriel Publishing, 2003
C. David C. Forward. The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip, Moody
D. Pirolo, Neal. Serving as Senders: How to care for your missionaries. Emmaus
Road Intl, 1991. This resource can be ordered from
Send the Light
129 Mobilization Drive
Waynesboro, GA 30830
Phone: 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657)
E. Prayer Cards from CrossWorld, available on the first day of class. stF. Johnstone, Patrick and Jason Mandryk, Operation World: 21 century edition, th6 edition, Waynesboro, GA.: Paternoster, USA, 2001
G. Articles on file Blackboard.
H. Video tapes on various mission issues.
V. General Course Aims
A. To help the student become familiar with the issues confronting missions as it
relates to the local church.
B. To help the student think through how the local church can be motivated for
missions from a theological perspective.
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C. To help the student understand how the local church can be equipped for
effective local and global missions.
D. To help the student think through what the local church can do to effectively
equip the laity toward involvement in world evangelization.
VI. Product Elements
1. PRE-COURSE ASSIGNMENTS:
A. Read the articles listed below in preparation for class discussion. The articles
are available on Blackboard.
1. “Why don’t we have more church planting missionaries?” by Ron
2. “The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches” by George Patterson in
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, A Reader.
3. “Culture, Learning and Missionary Training” by James E. Plueddeman
in Internationalizing Missionary Training.
4. Beyond Windows and Walls: A guide to Planting Churches around the
World, by Jim O’Neill. Read pages 3-4, 12-48 B. Memorize the five Great Commission passages: Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15;
Luke 24:44-49; John 20:21; Acts 1:8. No exams but quizzes on these passages
will be given during the week long modular.
C. Think through how you would integrate a theological understanding of
missions in your preaching from the following books of the Bible. How do
missions and mission appear in the following books? Write a half-page single
spaced response to this question from the following books. Be concise and
D. Read the following three books in preparation for class discussion. Provide a
two page double spaced critique of each book addressing the strengths and
weaknesses, what you agree with/disagree with and why, what you found
helpful and could put into use in your current ministry.
1. Guthrie, Stan. Missions in the Third Millennium, Paternoster Press,
2. George Miley. Loving the Church…Blessing the Nations, Gabriel
Publishing, 2003 [Read chapters 1-8, 15-20]
3. Pirolo, Neal. Serving as Senders, UFM International, 1991 E. David C. Forward. The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip, Moody
Press, 1998 [Read chapters 1-4, 12. No written response for this book]
2. POST-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS:
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A. Establish a prayer team to be activated for prayer for missions based upon the
model used in class during the week of the course. Details will be covered
during the week of class.
B. Develop three outlines for messages you would speak to your congregation or
some ministry teaching forum that would allow the integration of mission into
the flow of Bible book studies. Details will be covered in class.
C. Select an issue discussed in class or from the course readings and develop a
project around that particular issue. Special emphasis should be given to the
relationship of the issue to the local church or your particular ministry. Details
will be covered in class.
VI. Grading Policies
The professor reserves to himself a margin of 10% on the final grade to allow for
class participation and evidence of creative thinking.
A = 100-93 10% Class participation, quizzes
B = 92-85 20% Pre-course readings, book reviews
C = 84-75 20% Pre-course Bible book integration reports
D = 74-65 10% Prayer Journal
F = 64-0 20% Sermon outlines
20% Issues Project
VII. Course Outline:
1. Introduction to the course
2. Developing an integrative theology
3. Video: Ee-taow, how to evangelize cross-culturally. What lessons can we learn in
4. The Post-class sermon outlines project: How do we integrate our theology into
5. Prayer cards, Operation World resource for prayer.
1. How to think through issues of contextualization in missions: The Church Beyond
Windows and Walls
2. How to develop leaders for missions at the local church level
3. “Why don’t we have more church planting missionaries?”
4. “The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches”
5. Video: Ee-taow, the sequel. What does reproducing in missions look like? What
can we learn for application in our missions programs here in North America?
6. Mobilizing for prayer: Will North America still be a force for prayer and missions? 7. Prayer cards, Operation World resource for prayer.
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1. “Culture, Learning and Missionary Training” Do all cultures learn like us? What
are the differences? How will this impact our short-term missions programs?
2. Issues: Guthrie, Part I: The Home Arena
3. Missionary Care: How can we be more effective?
4. How far have we come with indigenization?
5. What to do about the theological drift in North American Christianity?
6. Video: The Yao Project, a model in contextualization and partnership
7. The Prayer Project
1. Issues: Guthrie, Part II: The Strategic Arena
2. What to do with the 10/40 Window?
3. Short-term missions? The Essential Guide (Chapters 1-4)
4. Video: Unreached People Group
1. Loving the Church…Blessing the Nations (Chapters 1-8)
2. Serving as Senders
3. How can we mobilize the church as an effective sending force?
5. Issues Project discussion
Armstrong, Diana M., Adopt a Missionary, Enumclaw, WA: Wine Press Publishing
(ISBN 1-57921-195-X), 140 pages, 1999.
Anthony, Michael J., Short-Term Missions Boom, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books
(ISBN 0-8010-0233-8), 229 Pages, 1994.
Arnold, Clinton E., The Concept of Power in Ephesians: Power and Magic, Grand
Rapids, MI: Baker Books (ISBN 0-8010-2143-X), 244 Pages, 1992.
Beals, Paul A., A People for His Name, Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library (ISBN 0-
87808-764-8), 259 pages, 1995 Revised Edition.
Collins, Marjorie and Blackburn, Carl, Missions on the Move: Don Wardell Publisher,
224 pages, 1989.
Eaton and Hurst, Vacation With a Purpose, Elgin, Illinois: David C. Cook Publishing Co.
(ISBN 0-7814-5042-X), 220 Pages, 1993.
Elliston, Edgar J., Editor, Teaching Them to Obedience in All Things: EMS Series