Course Objectives

  • Survey

    Survey and understand the current missiological trends the church is using among Muslims.

  • Compare and Contrast

    Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of various missiological approaches.

  • Church Planting

    Gain a comprehensive overview of the whats, whys, and hows of global church planting.

  • Critique

    Critique various movements with a biblical framework of the Church and the Great Commission.

  • Share

    Effectively share the gospel with Muslims using discovery bible stories, parables, and oral stories

  • Strategy

    Develop personal strategy points for church planting among Muslims.

Course Description

The Messenger, The Message, and the Community by Dr. Roland Muller

Evangelical church planters face three challenges. First, they must be accepted by their target audience as viable messengers. Second, their message must be understandable to the worldview of their listeners. Third, the community they are forming must be a valid form of community for their audience. Roland Muller does a masterful job of bringing these three challenges together in one book addressing western, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist audiences. Roland Muller speaks as a practitioner-to-practitioners, illustrating his points with examples drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds. Discover new perspectives on how God wants to rejuvenate your ministry.

Dr. Roland Muller is a cross-cultural church planter with WEC International.  Over the last thirty years his ministry has taken him into most Middle Eastern Countries and has allowed him to minister to a wide variety of people; from the palaces of wealthy oil sheiks to humble bedouin tents, from bustling cities to rural villages.  He is the author of a dozen books including tools for Muslim Evangelism, Honor and Shame Unlocking the door, and The Message, the Messenger and the Community.  He currently teaches cross-cultural church ministry skills in Canada and as a worldwide speaking and mentoring ministry. 

SECTION II

Folk Islam in Africa - Dr. Tony Weedor

In this presentation, Prof. Tony Weedor explains the foundation of Islam in Africa including Folk Islam, Sufi Islam, and how pre-Islamic roots affected how Islam grew and changed in Africa.   This will help the missionary better understand how to effectively evangelize Muslims with African heritage.

Anthony Weedor was born in the West African state of Liberia, a small country founded by freed slaves from America in July of 1847. He became a Christian in the early 80s through the ministries of Serving In Mission (SIM).  He worked in Bomi Hills as an Evangelist and church planter. He graduated from the African Bible College with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, with an emphasis in Radio Broadcasting.  In August of 88 he was appointed Director of Muslim Ministries for West Africa with SIM. In 1989, when the Liberian civil war broke out, he and his family walked for one year to La Cote d’Voire to escape. They lived in Cote d’Ivoire for three and half years in a refugee camp.

His family moved to the states in 1993 so he could study at the Denver Theological Seminary. He earned a Master of Divinity degree with emphasis in Philosophy. After graduation, his family moved to Ethiopia as missionaries with SIM. After spending more than four years ministering among pastors and teaching at the Evangelical Theological College.  He then returned to Denver Seminary as an Adjunct Professor in the Philosophy department in 2006. He continued work with SIM as research director on Islam. In 2009, he began work on his Doctor of Philosophy.

Dr. Roland Muller is a cross-cultural church planter with WEC International.  Over the last thirty years his ministry has taken him into most Middle Eastern Countries and has allowed him to minister to a wide variety of people; from the palaces of wealthy oil sheiks to humble bedouin tents, from bustling cities to rural villages.  He is the author of a dozen books including tools for Muslim Evangelism, Honor and Shame Unlocking the door, and The Message, the Messenger and the Community.  He currently teaches cross-cultural church ministry skills in Canada and as a worldwide speaking and mentoring ministry. 

SECTION III

Insider Movements: A Critical Assessment

These lectures on Insider Movements were  held at Liberty University to discuss this radical form of contextualization and its implications. Missionaries, missiologists, professors, and theologians gathered together for 3 days to present papers that assess IM from a biblical and missiological perspective. In these sessions you will hear from the 12 professors and their critiques of certain assumptions and tactics of the Insider Movement.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Course Syllabus

    • Required Reading: The Messenger, the Message, and the Community - Dr. Rolland Muller

    • Required Reading: Church Planting Movements - David Garrison

    • Required Reading: Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting

    • Required Reading: Chrislam: How Missionaries are Promoting an Islamized Gospel

    • Required Reading: Stubborn Perseverance

    • Required Reading: T4T - A Discipleship Re-Revolution

    • Required Reading: A Brief Guide to DMM Defining and Evaluating the Ideas

    • Review Essay: A Strange Sort of Orthodoxy: An Analysis of the T4T and CPM Approach to Missions

    • Required Reading: The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church by Roland Allen

    • Wise App Group Project

  • 2

    Section 1 - The Messenger, The Message, and The Community - Dr. Roland Muller

    • Video Lecture - Five Styles of Evangelism

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Read Chapter 1 - Gaining an Acceptance

    • Chapter 1 Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 2 - The Toolbox

    • Chapter 2 - Application Questions

    • Discovery Lessons

    • Read Chapter 3 - The Making of an Evangelist

    • Chapter 3 Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 4 - Teacher Based Evangelism

    • Chapter 4 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 5 - The Art of Teaching

    • Chapter 5 - Application Questions

    • Required Reading: Church Planting Movements [Part 1&2] - Page 18-132

  • 3

    The Messenger

    • Video Lecture - Sharing with Muslims

    • Read Chapter 6 - Parables, Proverbs, & Prayer

    • Chapter 6 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 7 - Contextualization & Community

    • Chapter 7 Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 8 - Honor and Trust

    • Chapter 8 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 9 - Friendship Discipling

    • Chapter 9 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 10 - The Continuing Struggle

    • Chapter 10 - Application Question

    • Required Reading: Church Planting Movements [Part 3] - Page 134-183

  • 4

    The Message

    • Video Lecture - Worldviews of Fear and Guilt

    • Read Chapter 11 - Worldview

    • Chapter 11 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 12 - The Eden Effect

    • Chapter 12 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 13 - Guilt-Based Worldviews

    • Chapter 13 - Application Questions

    • Required Reading: Church Planting Movements [Part 3] - Page 183-208

  • 5

    The Message 2

    • VIdeo Lecture - Shame Based Worldviews

    • Read Chapter 14 - The Roman Connection

    • Chapter 14 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 15 - Fear-Based Worldviews

    • Chapter 15 - Application Questions

    • Chapter 16 - Shame-Based Worldviews

    • Chapter 16 - Application Questions

    • Take the World-View Assessment

    • Required Reading: Church Planting Movements - Page 211-241

  • 6

    The Message 3

    • Video Lecture - Islam and Shame Based Worldviews

    • Read Chapter 17 - Honor and Shame in the Bible

    • Chapter 17 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 18 - A Clash of Worldviews

    • Chapter 18 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 19 - Islam and Shame

    • Chapter 19 - Application Questions

    • Required Reading: Discovering Church Planting - Pages 1-138

    • Discovering Church Planting Application Questions (Chapters 1-8)

  • 7

    The Message 4

    • Video Lecture - The Three Fold Message of Salvation

    • Read Chapter 20 - Islam and Honor

    • Chapter 20 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 21 - The Threefold Message of Salvation

    • Chapter 21 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 22 - The Continuing Story

    • Chapter 22 - Application Questions

    • Required Reading: Discovering Church Planting - [Section II] Pages 139- 248

    • Discovering Church Planting Application Questions (Chapters 9-15)

    • Required Reading: T4T - A Discipleship Re-Revolution (Part I: Chapters 1-4)

  • 8

    The Community

    • Video Lecture - Biblical Basis for Christian Community

    • Read Chapter 23 - The Importance of Biblical Community

    • Chapter 23 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 24 - Biblical Principles of Community

    • Chapter 24 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 25 - The Importance of Others

    • Chapter 25 - Application Questions

    • Required Reading: Discovering Church Planting - [Section III] Pages 249- 294

    • Discovering Church Planting (Chapters 16-18)

  • 9

    The Community 2

    • Video Lecture - Helping Muslims Change Communities

    • Read Chapter 26 - Steps to Switching Communities I

    • Chapter 26 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 27 - Steps to Switching Communities II

    • Chapter 27 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 28 - Some Considerations

    • Chapter 28 - Application Questions

    • Required Reading: Discovering Church Planting - [Section IV] Pages 295- 360

    • Discovering Church Planting Application Questions (Chapters 19-22)

  • 10

    The Community 3

    • Video Lecture - The Community - Wrap up

    • Read Chapter 29 - Planting Churches I

    • Chapter 29 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 30 - Planting Churches II

    • Chapter 30 - Application Questions

    • Read Chapter 31 - Creating Community

    • Chapter 31 - Application Questions

    • Required Reading: Discovering Church Planting - [Section IV] Pages 361-414

    • Discovering Church Planting Application Questions (Chapters 23-25)

    • Required Reading: T4T - A Discipleship Re-Revolution (Part 2: Chapters 5-10)

  • 11

    Section II - Folk Islam in Africa - Dr. Tony Weedor

  • 12

    Folk Islam 2

    • Folk Islam in Africa Lecture Notes Classes 5 & 6

    • Folk Islam Part 5

    • Video Class #5 Application

    • Folk Islam Part 6

    • Video Class #6 Application

    • Folk Islam in Africa Lecture Notes Classes 7 & 8

    • Required Reading: Stubborn Perseverance [Forward - Chapter 11] Pages viii-80

    • Folk Islam Part 7

    • Video Class #7 Application

    • Folk Islam Part 8

    • Video Class #8 Application

    • Required Reading: Stubborn Perseverance pages 81-168 (Chapter 12-25)

  • 13

    Methods of Worldview Evangelism and Discipleship

    • Folk Islam in Africa Lecture Notes Classes 9 & 10

    • Methods of Worldview Evangelism and Discipleship part 1

    • Video Class #9 Application

    • Methods of Worldview Evangelism and Discipleship part 2

    • Video Class #10 Application

    • Folk Islam in Africa Lecture Notes Class Notes 11 & 12

    • Methods of Worldview Evangelism and Discipleship Part 3

    • Video Class #11 Application

    • Methods of Worldview Evangelism and Discipleship Part 4

    • Video Class #12 Application

    • Folk Islam in Africa Lecture Notes Class 13 & 14

    • Methods of Worldview Evangelism and Discipleship part 5

    • Video Class #13 Application

    • Methods of Worldview Evangelism and Discipleship Part 6

    • Video Class #14 Application

    • Required Reading: Stubborn Perseverance pages 169-250 (Chapter 26-Your Turn!)

  • 14

    Sufi Islam

    • Folk Islam in Africa Lecture Notes Classes 15 & 16

    • Sufi Islam Part 1

    • Video Class #15 Application

    • Sufi Islam part 2

    • Video Class #16 Application

    • Folk Islam in Africa Lecture Notes Classes 17 & 18

    • Sufi Islam Part 3

    • Video Class #17 Application

    • Sufi Islam Part 4

    • Video Class #18 Application

    • Required Reading: Stubborn Perseverance pages 251-301 (Appendix)

    • Folk Islam in Africa Lecture Notes Classes 19 & 20

    • Sufi Islam Part 5

    • Video Class #19 Application

    • Sufi Islam Part 6

    • Video Class #20 Application

    • Required Reading: A Brief Guide to DMM Defining and Evaluating the Ideas

  • 15

    Section III - Insider Movements: Critical Assessments

    • Insider Movements: A Critical Assessment

    • Required Reading: Chrislam: (Pages 1 - 42)

    • Lost in Translation - Insider Movements and Biblical Interpretation

    • Required Reading: Chrislam: (Pages 43-86)

    • Islamic Traditions on Insider Movements

    • Lecture: God's Command for Dealing with Pagan Religions and Pagan Practices

    • Required Reading: Chrislam: (Pages 87-154)

    • Lecture: Would Paul Become a Muslim to Muslims?

    • Lecture: Danger from False Brethren?

    • Required Reading: Chrislam: (Pages 155-226)

    • Lecture: Interview with a former Insider Movement Worker

    • Lecture: A Misguided Mission, How I.M. Robs the Blessing of Persecution

    • Required Reading: Chrislam: (Pages: 227-276)

    • Lecture: Islamic Replacement Theology

    • Lecture: The IM Equivalent of Limbo: The Camel Method

    • Lecture: Jesus in Islam and Christianity

    • Required Reading: Chrislam: (Pages: 277-316)

    • Lecture: The Confusion of 'Kingdom Circles'

    • Lecture: IM also Means 'Inappropriate Missiology'

  • 16

    Introduction to Planting Sacramental and Liturgical Churches

    • Read: The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church by Roland Allen (Pages 5-54)

    • Interview - Winfield Bevins & Dan Alger: Anglican Mission

    • Interview with Fr. Michael Flowers - Anglican Church Planter

    • Reaching Muslims by Planting Sacramental Liturgical Churches

    • Read: The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church by Roland Allen - (Pages 55-102)

    • Rev. Ben Kwashi Testimony from Lausanne Movement Confernece

    • Nigerian Anglican Archbishop Rev. Ben Kwashi - Missional Anglicanism

    • Read: The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church by Roland Allen - (Pages 102-122)

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    The i2 Ministries Apporach

  • 18

    Additional Reading

    • Read: Bridge Stories

    • Read: 6 Gospel lessons for your Muslims Friends

    • Read - 10 Lessons about Jesus in the Old Testament

    • Read - The Shame Tract

  • 19

    Evangelism Reports

    • Read: Evangelism Tips

    • Evangelism Report #1

    • Evangelism Report #2

    • Evangelism Report #3

    • Evangelism Report #4

  • 20

    Final Steps

    • Wise App Group Project

    • Assignment: Turn in your Assessment of Missiological Methodologies among Muslims Paper

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    • Write a Review for this Course

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