The student will be looking specifically at the various forms of “church”, the ancient concept of “household evangelism”, use of the small group, and a common variety of “first contact” methods as ways to initiate witnessing relationships within apartment communities nationally and internationally.
Since all ministry needs an entrance point, multihousing provides a large pocket of lost-ness in both the city and the small town. It is essential that students know both the concerns that apartment management have and the ways to lead the local church, church planter, or volunteer to engage the population effectively. Students will also learn relational skills that apply to many other areas of ministry.
By asking students to research and approach a management company and/or local apartment manager, they should become more aware of the dynamics of “community” and operation in specific apartment communities.
A look at the biblical basis of vision, small groups, and intentional/relational evangelism as illustrated in Jesus ministry methods.
We will draw from basic missional practices as they can be applied to multihousing settings. Students will be asked to research management companies and engage one specific community to discover the demands and concerns of being the manager of an apartment community. A written report will be required.
Theory and methods will create a workable system for opening new ministries in all types of apartment communities
i.e. culturally diverse and multi-ethnic.
The nature of apartment communities demand that our student be able to adjust and find help in understanding cultural characteristics and the barriers that hinder the clear communication of Biblical truth across the cultures.
An orderly, step by step process will be developed.