How do I demonstrate Competency 4? “Develop convictions on the role of the local church in missions today and design a model for how a local church could be central and vitally involved in missions while networking with other churches and mission agencies.”
- Notice that there are three main parts to this competency.
- First, with regard to “convictions,” most students demonstrate their convictions by pointing to their own participation in missions (or plans for participation), whether local or global. Often they give testimony about how their convictions changed during the course.
- Second, this competency uses the term “model” to mean a tool that provides guidance to a local church. It is not merely the big ideas, but the foundational principles and policies that will help a local church be centrally and vitally involved in missions.
- Third, students are to show that they can think beyond their own local churches in terms of networking with other churches and mission agencies. In a world of easy global travel and communication, many local churches are becoming involved in mission work around the world with virtually no collaboration with other churches, bypassing traditional mission agencies, and often with almost no respect for the fact that apostolic leadership and church planting movements are already taking place in most parts of the world. This competency calls for students to develop sophistication with regard to participation in missions, not just passion and action.
- Most students demonstrate this competency by drawing on their projects for Unit 4 Issue 2 (“Design a model, either in a chart or annotated summary form, of how a local church might join in with a larger organization for common ministry and still maintain its autonomy.”) and/or Unit 5 Issue 1 (“Design a master strategy, again about two pages, that could serve as a guide for any local church in building a missions policy, preferably in guideline or propositional form.”).
- Students should feel free to make their project be as long as it needs to be. The reference in the instructions for the Unit 5, Issue 1 project to be “about two pages” is intended for someone participating in the course at a minimum level (since not everyone using the BILD Acts course is enrolled in a degree program). Students earning credit in the Antioch School (and anyone doing more than the bare minimum) will probably produce something longer.