A study 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.
The story of history is more important to a pastor than the names and dates of history. Names and dates give us the title and when but do not give us the “why” behind the persons who are mentioned. The story gives the why and allows pastors to connect that story with the story of their current ministry and congregation. Many brief stories are preferred as a method of teaching history, especially when the stories connect and the students begin to grasp the overall story and where they fit into it.
Intended Course Outcomes through Engagements
Students will show growth in the following ways:
- 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.
- Content Processing with Peers: Explain major historical figures and events, along with their impacts to today’s church and theological scene.
- Ministry Capability Development: Evaluate the state of their own local churches today, and initiate renewal wherever it is needed based on the example of historical figures.
- 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.
- Asia-Pacific Module Handbook