A few more classes...
Evangelism through the Developing Church - After a quick review of worldview and pre-evangelism, we dug into the nuts and bolts of church planting from Evangelism, to the Beginning Church, to the Developing Church. We were exhorted to have the heart of a learner, to remember that discipleship is a lifestyle that requires Godly modeling, and to involve the people early on in many aspects of the church plant.
Maturing Church- How easy it is to only set our sights on converts and Bible translations, when the ultimate goal is maturity in Christ. Colossians 1:28-29
Folk Religions -Folk religionists are characterized by a mostly superficial adherence to the formal religion, but their core beliefs still hold tightly to animistic and humanistic values. This is why it is so important that we engage people at the worldview level, and allow their story to actually be replaced with God's grand story. Examples of folk religions are Folk Buddhism, Folk Hinduism, Folk Islam, Folk Catholicism, and even Folk Christianity.
Suffering - fun topic. Do you know what the Chinese church calls prison? Seminary. They've come to recognize persecution as a catalyst for significant spiritual growth. We looked at American culture's pursuit of happiness, comfort, and success. Ravi Zacharias wrote The Grand Weaver, and he describes how one side of a quilt/tapestry looks like a bunch of tangled knots, while the other side is a masterpiece. Perhaps this side of eternity sometimes looks like the "ugly" side; then one day it will all make sense.