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    TEXTBOOK:  Mastering Outreach & Evangelism   
    AUTHOR:  Calvin Ratz, Frank Tillapaugh, Myron Augsburger 
    PUBLISHER:   Multnomah Press  
    ISBN #:  0-88070-363-6
    Developing a Church that impacts its community; this course identifies the challenges you face in leading a church to significant, people-centered outreach. But more important, it offers ways you can get your congregation focusing outward and committed to making a difference. This course will help you to motivate and deploy your people to share the richness of the gospel through ministries of compassion and evangelism.
    Answer all the questions that come with this syllabus.
     1. Name and describe each of the five obstacles that Myron Augsburger and his congregation had to address: (attach pages as needed).
     2. Give the two reasons ministers hesitate to talk about their personal evangelistic activities: 
     3. Calvin Ratz states that if Christian leaders are to be intentional models, they must do five things: (Name and give a brief explanation of each one.)
     4. Explain in your words why evangelism is not just a technique, but a way of life:
     5. Calvin Ratz in chapter two explains how to structure a church for active evangelism. He concentrated of four areas. Write a paragraph on each of the four areas he focused upon: 
     6. Calvin Ratz mentions 7 ways to encourage people to catch the vision. List those 7 means he used and describe each one briefly:
     7. When beginning to reshape ministries and as the vision for evangelism caught on, new challenges emerged. Three such challenges are mentioned.
     8. Calvin Ratz along with other church leaders recognized four groups they would be most likely to reach. What are those four groups?
     9. Can you identify a target audience that your church is most capable of reaching?
    10. In the section of Structuring a church for active evangelism your textbook lists five goals used by another church to upgrade its platform ministries: List those five goals and explain each one.
    11. At the end of chapter 3 Calvin Ratz says: “When the conduct of our services doesn’t go smoothly, it tells visitors, what? (What statement does this relay to outsiders?)
    12. Can you name some ways to help members to see up close, the great needs of people in the community?
    13. Frank Tillapaugh set four simple guidelines used by those who wanted their ministries to be recognized. What were those four guidelines?
    14. In chapter four “Giving an Ingrown Church an Outward Focus” Frank Tillapaugh teaches six principles of mobilizing people for ministry. List those six principles and briefly explain each one:
    15. How do you as a Christian leader prepare people to witness?
    16. Whose job is it to witness? Explain.
    17. A five-fold strategy is revealed to make lay evangelism an ongoing reality. List the five steps:
    18. Calvin Ratz mentions five things he had learned about enlisting people into evangelism. Name those five things and describe each one:
    19. Many churches spend little time and resources on developing people for ministry. Calvin Ratz describes how their training has three dimensions. What are those three dimensions?
    20. Chapter three mentions six principles of expanding a congregation’s vision and developing an outward focus. What are they? List these in order of importance as you see them:
    21. Four simple guidelines are spelled out for those who want their church to recognize their ministries. List the four guidelines:
    22. Chapter five lists 5 ways to build excitement about evangelism into church culture. List the 5 ways:
    23. Lay people make the best witnesses. Why?
    24. Why make enlistment a top priority?
    25. What are the five things the writer learns about enlisting others into evangelism?
    26. Why should short training be continual?
    27. Training should be three dimensional. What are the three dimensions and describe each one?
    28. How can leaders encourage people to persevere?
    29. In chapter six the church uses a planning process containing three phases. What are the three phases?
    30. Chapter six reveals a 10 question survey to explore member’s gifts and skills. What are those 10 questions?
    31. What is an “Action Plan”?
    32. The “Spiritual Plan” lists seven goals that are simple, manageable, and measurable. List the seven goals:
    33. What do you think about holding people accountable?
    34. Chapter 6 says that an effective plan does two things:
    35. Chapter 7 mentions four factors usually involved in momentum slowdown.
    36. To build healthy momentum for outreach chapter 7 gives three strategies; list the three along with their sub points and describe each one:
    37. In chapter eight the Bear Valley Baptist Church sharpens their strategic thinking through what they call four spheres of outreach. Name the four spheres and describe each one:
    38. Effective community outreach requires healthy attitudes. Three attitudes are considered vital. What are the three vital attitudes?
    39. Chapter 9 says there are 3 KEYS to effective outreach; list and describe the three KEYS.
    40. Myron Augsburger mentions the Pastor’s role in three areas concerning outreach. What are those three areas?
    41. Chapter 9 lays out three practical principals in working with governing authorities to meet human needs. What are those three principles?
    42. What is a target group?
    43. List the three principles in chapter 10 that make target group ministry work.
    44. List five ways in which a pastor can develop a conducive atmosphere to target group ministry:
    45. Bear Valley Baptist Church says in chapter 10 they follow four simple guidelines which help them launch healthy target groups. List the four guidelines.
    46. While a pastor can play an important role in creating a good environment toward target group evangelism. There are two things – he as a pastor should not do. What are they?
    47. While target group outreach may be good, there are some difficulties. Four are stated.
    48. There are four objections to evangelistic preaching. What are the objectives?
    49. Myron Augsburger states that he delivers more effective evangelistic messages when he remembers three things.
    50. Evangelistic preaching also depends on using a variety of elements. What are the 4 elements highlighted in chapter 11?
    51. Chapter 11 discusses “invitations” and the writer says there are 2 things we try to do to make invitations meaningful for people to respond. What are those two things?
    52. Chapter 12 outlines 10 situations a congregation may face that can raise barriers to new comers. List those 10 obstacles:
    53. Chapter 12 identifies five ways to integrate newcomers into the fabric of the church. List those 5 ways:
    54. Why is evangelism important to you and what do you find ‘most’ rewarding to you as a pastor/Christian leader?
    55. What did you think of this textbook and how has it helped you?
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