BIB3110EN - Missional Practice of the Early Church

Course description

Focuses on the book of Acts as a witness to the message and methods of the earliest attempts at Christian mission. The goals of the course include discerning what contemporary Christians ought to emulate in modern missionary practice. Assessment will include a range of readings, lectures, discussion forums, group projects, and also a descriptive essay.

How this course benefits students

Students in this course will be further equipped with the tools and skills necessary for faithful biblical interpretation, for the appropriate application of scripture for missional/ministry purposes, and for the sensitive translation of the gospel across cultural, contextual, social, and ethnic bounds.

Why this course is important

With the primary focus of this class being on Acts we get to dive into the biblical text that gives us the most insight into the habits, practices, and methods of the earliest form of Christian mission. Acts undoubtedly informs so much of a biblically robust missiology that it’s very important that we give Acts the attention it deserves.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Biblical Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2022-01 (Aug. 22, 2022 - Oct. 16, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Fergus J. King, Professor of New Testament Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This class will offer a biblical focus on missional habits, missional practices, missional behaviors, and missional messages through a study of the book of Acts.

Missionally driven

As a class focused on missional methods from the book of Acts, it will be inherently driven by missiology, both in terms of the subject matter and in the way it informs how we should pursue missions today.

Contextually informed

We will study how and why the gospel was contextualized in Acts itself, discern ways to carry on this pattern of contextualization today, and consider further the various ways that we read, interpret, and explain Acts in light of our own contexts, backgrounds, traditions.

Interculturally focused

As we study Acts we will give special attention to the way the apostles were sensitive to the different cultures and people-groups as they shared the gospel message in order to inform our own pursuit of cross-cultural missions.

Practically minded

Learning the message, methods, practices, and behaviors of the early church in their missional efforts is expressly done for the purpose of considering how precisely these are to be applied in our own lives and missionary endeavors.

Experientially transformed

This course will contain a number of exercises, projects, and assignments that provide the student with various ways to engage and experience the text through diverse means.