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Family Discipleship
DSMN-610

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course studies the idea and practice called “family discipleship.” It presents a framework in which a family leader can disciple household members beyond spiritual comprehension to a personal appropriation of the apologetic and application of Scripture. Attention will be given to the family leader’s responsibilities toward spiritual leadership and biblical discipleship, specifically to responsibilities regarding the Gospel, basic doctrine, systematic theology, the Great Commission, spiritual disciplines, practical Christian living, and worldview/philosophy. Various techniques for family discipleship will be examined, including family devotions, drill and catechism, Scripture memory, storytelling, teaching moments, relational example and intentional rehearsal.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The purpose of this course is two-fold. The first is that it will equip students who are or will be facing the responsibility of leading his/her family through biblical discipleship. The second purpose is to effectively teach ministry leaders to equip others in the discipleship of their own families via church ministry, both in modeling and strategic planning. Discipleship in the family is a vital qualification of a New Testament pastor (1 Timothy 3:4; Titus 1:6). Families who reflect the fruit that comes from biblical discipleship will be witnesses in our world of the goodness, hope, reconciliation, and redemption offered to all through a submission to Christ.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate biblical approaches and methodologies to family discipleship.
  2. Synthesize current literature on family discipleship with the practical application of family discipleship.
  3. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the family discipleship that took place among biblical characters.
  4. Explain solutions that can address various challenges commonly found in a family discipleship strategy.
  5. Identify specific objectives that should be included in a holistic family discipleship plan.
  6. Create a family discipleship plan that incorporates specific activities and exercises that facilitate training a child in the way they should go.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Estes, Daniel J. Hear, My Son: Teaching and Learning in Proverbs 1–9. Grand Rapids: InterVarsity Press, 2000.

Jones, Timothy Paul, et al. Perspectives on Family Ministry: 3 Views. Nashville: Lifeway Church Resources, 2009.

Thompson, Tad. Intentional Parenting: Family Discipleship by Design. Adelphi: Cruciform Press, 2011.

Tripp, Tedd, and Margy Tripp. Instructing a Child’s Heart. Wapwallopen: Shepherd Press. 2008.

Tripp, Tedd. Shepherding a Child’s Heart. Wapwallopen: Shepherd Press. 1998.

Tripp, Paul David. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles. Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 2016

Wray, Bruce, and Lynn Wray. Charting a Course for Your Family’s Future – A Purposeful Guide to Parenting. 2013. (E-Book).

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=28160

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E, F, I)

Church Discipleship Assessment

The student will complete a 4–5-page essay explaining how his/her current church approaches family discipleship and evaluating its perceived success. The Church Discipleship Assessment must include formal and informal strategies, parental involvement, training, outcomes, and communication/promotion. In the absence of any strategic efforts in his/her church setting, the student must evaluate the consequences that the lack of a plan has within his/her local church setting. A minimum of 3 course textbooks/materials or outside sources must be cited in current Turabian format. (Outcomes: I, J, K, L)

Family Discipleship Outcomes Essay

The student will complete a 4-5-page essay on outcomes of family discipleship that answers the following questions: (1) How do parents plan for family discipleship to occur? (2) What are general areas which should be addressed through a family discipleship strategy? (3) What aspects of family discipleship are out of the control of the parent? (4) How do we prepare our children for life challenges and temptations? At least 3 course textbooks/materials or peer-reviewed sources must be cited in current Turabian format. (Outcomes: I, J, K, L)

4MAT Book Review

The student will critique the Tripp and Tripp textbook, Instructing a Child’s Heart, using the 4MAT Book Review system. The book review must: be 4–6 pages and must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. The paper must follow current Turabian format. (Outcomes: B, C, E, F, G, H, J)

Research Paper

Topic and Thesis Statement

The student will write and submit his/her topic and thesis statement for the final paper. This portion of the assignment must clearly communicate to the instructor where the student is directing his/her paper.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit an annotated bibliography for his/her paper. The bibliography must contain 10 sources pertinent to the topic being studied with a brief annotation/synopsis of each source. The sources must be current and cited in current Turabian format.

Final Submission

The student will write a 10–15-page research-based paper in current Turabian format. The paper must include at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: J, K, L)

Exam

The exam will cover the Reading & Study materials for Modules/Weeks 1–6. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice and 20 true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. (Outcome: C)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 100 pts ea)

400

Church Discipleship Assessment

100

Family Discipleship Outcomes Essay

100

4MAT Book Review

100

Research Paper

 

Topic and Thesis Statement

10

Annotated Bibliography

40

Final Submission

150

Exam

(Modules 1–6)

100

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

DSMN 610

Textbooks:      Jones, Renfro, et al., Perspectives on Family Ministry (2009).

Thompson, Intentional Parenting (2011).

Tripp & Tripp, Instructing a Child’s Heart. (2008).

Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart. (1998).

Wray & Wray, Charting a Course for Your Family’s Future (2013).

Paul David Tripp, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Jones, Renfro, et al.:chs. 1–5

Paul David Tripp: chs. 1–7

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

100

2

Jones, Renfro, et al:chs.6–10

Paul David Tripp: chs. 8–14

1 presentation

Church Discipleship Assessment

100

3

Tripp: chs. 1–12

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Research Paper—Topic and Thesis Statement

100

 

10

4

Thompson: chs. 1–6

Tripp & Tripp: chs. 1–5

Tripp: chs. 13–19

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

100

5

Tripp & Tripp: chs. 6–10

2 presentations

1 lecture note

Family Discipleship Outcomes Essay

Research Paper—Annotated Bibliography

100

 

40

6

Wray & Wray: chs. 1–4

4 presentations

4MAT Book Review

Exam

100

100

7

Wray & Wray: chs. 5–8

1 presentation

Research Paper—Final Submission

150

8

Wray & Wray: chs. 9–11

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.