Course Description

A survey of the history of the Christian Church from the apostolic age to the Reformation, with an emphasis on early Asian and Pacific church development and the spread of Christianity around the world.

This study will include major branches and movements and the stories of individuals, ideas, conflicts, and movements shaping the development of Christian doctrine and worship. Major world events will be referenced (contextualized when possible). Students will be able to tell the stories of the early church, in particular those about persons who emphasized holiness, and apply the lessons learned to their current setting.

Course Rational

History as a whole tends to give perspective to the various current crises we are facing today. The historical study of the church in Asia and the Pacific has not been developed. This course will encourage students to research and develop insights into the history of the church in Asia and the Pacific. Pastors need stories that are old as well as new to help connect the congregation with the wider Body of Christ. History helps support theology, mission, and worship by connecting the past with the present. History can often serve as an introduction into previous cross-cultural adaptations of the gospel that might be helpful in the present. Beginning pastors are able to see a wider picture of the Body of Christ through history and this can give them direction and perspective as they follow the calling Jesus has for them.

Intended Course Outcomes through Engagements

Students will show growth in the following ways:

  1. Character Formation: Imitate Christ by imitating historical figures in their spiritual maturity, obedience to God, god-like character, Scriptural rootedness, and passion for the work of the kingdom.
  2. Content Processing with Peers: Explain major historical figures and events, along with their impacts on today’s church and theological scene.
  3. Ministry Capability Development: Evaluate the state of their own local churches today, and initiate renewal wherever they are needed.
  4. Application in Mission and Community: Innovate mission strategies that are relevant to today’s society and in accordance with the ethos of the Church of the Nazarene.


  • Syllabus
  • Asia-Pacific Module Handbook