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Online · School of Divinity · Christian Leadership & Church Ministries

Leading the Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/03/2020

Course Description

This course teaches the necessary areas of discipleship with a corporate-church setting. It further addresses the process of church multiplication. The course will also explore church health and growth in the early, middle, and mature years of a church’s existence. (Formerly EVAN 660)





Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. Nothing is as beautiful or effective as a local church that is full of life, health, and vitality. God’s plan for creating healthy churches involves God-called, pastoral leaders who equip the saints to do the ministry. This course will provide the student with the understanding of the nature of healthy, growing, multiplying churches. It will also provide him/her with the needed mindset and skills to help a church realize health, growth, and multiplication.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze issues relating to church health, church growth, church change, church multiplication, and ministry.
  2. Create a plan for a church to address issues such as church health, church growth, church change, church multiplication, and ministry.
  3. Assess him or herself as a spiritual leader.
  4. Develop a plan of ongoing personal development in the area of pastoral leadership.

Course Resources

Required Resources

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

Blackaby, Henry T. Spiritual Leadership: Moving People to God’s Agenda. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2011. ISBN: 9781943965328.

Chan, Francis, and Mark Beuving. Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2012. ISBN: 9780781408233.

Harney, Kevin G., and Bob Bouwer. The U-Turn Church: New Direction for Health and Growth. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2011. ISBN: 9780801014888.

Stetzer, Ed, and Mike Dodson. Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and You Can Too. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2007. ISBN: 9780805445367.

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 (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
    5. School of Divinity Writing Guide:


Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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 (7)

There are 7 Discussion Board Forums completed in this course. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 400 words. The student must also post 2 replies of at least 200 words. For each thread, each student must support his/her assertions with at least 1 citation in current Turabian format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 citation. Acceptable sources include the course textbooks and the Bible.

Reading Reflection (4)

The student will read the assigned chapters in the course textbooks and will submit a 6–8-page paper for each Reading Reflection assignment. The first third of each paper will include a summary of the book, the second third will include a critique and evaluation, and the final third will contain an application of the book’s content to the student’s life and/or situation.

Ministry Application Project

The student will create and submit a 15–20-page project applying the content of this course to his or her present or future ministry situation. The project will include an appropriate rationale for the project, specific and realistic goals to be accomplished, persons responsible for accomplishing each goal, materials and resources needed for each goal, and a timeline for completing each goal. The student must select a project that fits with his or her life situation or goals.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

Discussion Board Forums (7 at 40 pts ea)



Reading Reflection (4 at 120 pts ea)


Ministry Application Project





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 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


DSMN 660

Textbooks: Blackaby, Spiritual Leadership (2011).

Chan & Beuving, Multiply (2012).

Harney & Bouwer, The U-Turn Church (2012).

Stetzer & Dodson, Comeback Churches (2007).


Reading & Study




Blackaby: chs. 1–7

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Blackaby: chs. 8–13

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Reading Reflection 1




Harney & Bouwer: chs. 1–7

1 presentation

DB Forum 3



Harney & Bouwer: chs. 8–13

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Reading Reflection 2




Stetzer & Dodson: chs. 1–7

1 presentation

DB Forum 5



Stetzer & Dodson: chs. 8–13

1 presentation

DB Forum 6

Reading Reflection 3




Chan & Beuving: Parts 1–3

1 presentation

DB Forum 7



Chan & Beuving: Parts 4–5, Where Do We Go From Here?

Reading Reflection 4

Ministry Application Project





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.