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24 Church History 2 CH302

Course Description

The student will learn the stories of the development of Christianity from the 1500’s to the present day with an emphasis on the history of the church in Asia and the Pacific, the impact of the reformation and the reaction of the counter reformation, the continuing thread of holiness teaching up to the present day, Arminius and other influences on the Wesley brothers and Methodism, the history of the American Holiness movement and the Church of the Nazarene.

Course Rational

The story of history is more important to a pastor than the names and dates of history. Names and dates gives use the title and when but does not give us the “why” behind the person who is mentioned.   The story gives the why and allows the pastor to connect that story with the story of his current ministry and congregation. Many brief stories are preferred as a method of teaching history, especially when the stories connect and the student begins to grasp the overall story and where they fit into it.

Program Outcomes from APR SOO


CN-5 Ability to identify and explain the main characteristics of the theological foundations of Christianity.

CN-6 Ability to explain how the theological foundations of Christianity proceed from Scriptures.

CN-7 Ability to explain scriptural holiness from the Wesleyan-Armenian holiness perspective.

CN-8 Ability to identify and describe the events, personalities and main themes of the history of the Christian Church.

CN-10 Ability to describe Nazarene history in terms of events, personalities, and theology.

CN-11 Ability to describe the events, personalities and theology in the history of the Church of the Nazarene in Asia-Pacific and other indigenous churches.

CN-12 Ability to explain the structure and mission of the Church of the Nazarene from both historical and current perspectives.

CN-13 Ability to explain the Nazarene position on speaking in tongues.


CX-1 Ability to identify and describe the events, personalities, and main themes of national history in the context of world history and Asia-Pacific history.

CX-2 Ability to identify in current events some main trends in science, politics, and civil education.

CX-3 Ability to apply this current information to the ministries of the Church

Assessment and Evaluation

Primary Course Outcomes

Personal Spiritual Development (Holiness / Spiritual Health)

Explain the differences between a Wesleyan understanding of spiritual development and some other theological traditions. CN-35 HOL


Clearly explain various perspectives of holiness and its application to the Christian life from a variety of theological perspectives eg. Reformed, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox. CN-20 OTH

Identify the various terms used to express experiential holiness, know their historical context, and express their individual strengths and weaknesses in reference to the cultural context in which the students will most often find themselves. CN-21 OTH

Appreciation of the mission, history, and government of the Church of the Nazarene and his place in the larger Christian community   CN-40 OTH

Tell the story across history the different actors of the Reformation and the evolution of essential Protestant doctrines. CN-46 OTH

Describe the historical context of the Protestant Reformation and its influence on that era. CP-24 OTH

Additional Course Outcomes

Personal Spiritual Development (Holiness)

Explain the definitions of and compare and contrast the benefits of each of the historical terms used for Entire Sanctification. CN-33 HOL


Tell the story of three ways that ministry has changed during the history of the Church. CN-32 MIN


Explain several changes in the methods of sermon delivery in the history of the Church. CN-40 PRE


The student will read and report about prayers throughout church history. For example, from ancient time to modern time, different spiritual leaders’ insights on prayer. CX-13 PRA


Explain the difference between a legalistic understanding of Sabbath and the grace that is available to us in a Sabbath time. CN-49 SAB


The student will be able to explain the basic essential concepts of discipleship, and explain what is a disciple, how to be a disciple, why would a person become a disciple, and how to make more disciples. CP-30 DIS


Have a deep appreciation for the doctrine of holiness CH-1 OTH

Outcomes by total and percentage

Content 17 70%
Competency 3 3%  
Character 1 6%  
Context 3 12%  



1. Explain the differences between a Wesleyan understanding of spiritual development and earlier theological tradition. 10%
2. Tell the story, in chronological order, of the history of the Church since the Reformation. 25%
3. Prepare a Bible study on the evolution of some protestant doctrines (Calvinist and Wesleyan). 25%
  At the end of each lesson the class will be divided into groups of 3 or 4 to answer several questions which will help the students explore the lessons deeply. The group will rotate the responsibility of spokesperson for each lesson. The spokesperson will give a verbal report of the group’s answers (Not longer than 10 minutes). The spokesperson will be asked if every member of the group participated in the answer to each question. 20%
4. Final Exam. 20%

Course Outline

  1. The Middle Ages to the Reformation: Martin Luther
  2. The Reformation to Geneva: John Calvin
  3. Reaction to the Protestant Reformation
  4. The Anglican Reformation and the Methodist Revival
  5. The birth of the Church of the Nazarene
  6. The missionary movement
  7. Arrival and growth of the Church of the Nazarene in Asia Pacific
  8. The future of Asian Christianity: Creating our own story


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