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Mission in the Contemporary United States

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Historically, the church could count on being well-received in the United States. Christian beliefs were widespread among the American populace and there was general agreement by most Americans concerning the Christian values that should guide how people lived and society was ordered. However, as many local congregations and their pastors can attest, times have changed. The church no longer has pride of place in the American culture, and a great many local congregations are languishing for lack of being able to connect effectively with the people in their own communities.

The local congregation in the United States today is better understood as a mission outpost than as a "neighborhood church." The Garrett-Evangelical Mission in the Contemporary United States track understands this, and gives students the ability to analyze the culture and the church like a missionary so that they can more effectively lead their congregations in engaging the people around them. They will do this by taking courses dealing with the sociology of American religion, methods of mission work, and the theology of evangelism. More than just theoretical, the students will use case studies from local congregations to consider what the best practices of mission would be in specific situations. Issues surrounding how to plant, revitalize and grow congregations will be covered.

Students in this track will attend two-week intensive terms in January and late-June during which they will take two courses each. These courses will cover topics related specifically to the mission of the church in the United States, as well as providing fundamental research skills for deepening the student's academic facility and helping the student better analyze the local congregation.

Sample Schedule (based on school years beginning with the Fall semester):

Year 1:
January - attend two courses
Summer - attend two courses

Year 2:
January - attend two courses
Summer - attend two courses and begin work on mid-program material

Year 3:
Fall - submit mid-program material for approval and begin ministry intervention
January - complete ministry intervention and begin writing paper
Spring - complete final paper, defend it, and graduate

List of Possible Courses

The following are a list of courses that are commonly offered as part of this track:

"Evangelism, Church Growth, and Ecclesiology"

"Stewardship and Institutional Development"

"Reading the Culture"

"Leadership for Pastor and Laity"

No time like now!

If you're yearning to enhance your ministry, now's the time to immerse yourself in dynamic courses taught by outstanding faculty.

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