MS205: Combating the Dependency Syndrome in Missions

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Course Description:

This course is designed to give a Biblical approach to mission work and a course that uncovers the danger of national men relying upon the resources of a foreign missionary, and directs instruction toward a full and personal dependence upon God’s provision. This course is specifically designed and directed toward missionaries and practical application on the mission field.

Course Requirements:      

  1. Bible (KJV)
  2. Paper/Notebook
  3. Pen
  4. Course Book: Combating the Dependency Syndrome! by Dr. Milton Martin (The PDF file is located by going to the link provided. )
  5. Online access to the audio files under each lesson should start automatically. Return all “Homework” assignments and “TESTS” to Professor by the date assigned by him.
  6. Read the book, On the Mission Field: The Indigenous Church By Melvin Hodges. Each student will be required to purchase the book themselves and is available at Amazon and other online retailers. To get credit for the reading of the book a 1 to 2 page synopsis of the book will be required an due by semester end. 129 pages.
  7. Read the book, The Planting and Development of Missionary Churches. (1899). By John Nevius. Each student will be required to purchase the book themselves and is available at Amazon and other online retailers. This book is also downloadable in several different format at the following internet link. To get credit for the reading of the book a 1 to 2 page synopsis of the book will be required an due by semester end. 106 pages.
  8. Complete a term-paper on the topic picked by the second week of class and turned in by semester end.

Term-Paper:

Write  a Term-paper for this course selected from the topics, listed below. Their purpose is to provide an opportunity for the student to research and interact with a particular issue in Combating the Dependency  and evaluate the merits of the various positions on the subject, and form their own conclusion with appropriate defense. The following is a list of topics approved for research:

  1. Explain and expound on “The Indigenous principle as set forth from the Bible and explained by Bro. Martin.”
  2. Explain and expound on “Why is there such a failure to produce indigenous church’s on the mission field today?”
  3. On the mission field today, what are the long term effect of foreign subsidies?

Specifications of the term papers:

The topic will be chosen and the residing professor notified via email of the topic chosen by the second week of class.

Length: 4 to 6 pages, excluding endnotes, bibliography, appendices, charts, etc.

Format: In accordance with TTU guidelines and the APA format the paper must be, i.e., typed, double-spaced, Times New Romans with a font size of 12 (no exceptions), and 1” margin at top, bottom, and right, left.

The paper should directly and sufficiently present a biblical issue of debate, evaluate the various views on that issue, and purport and defend the author’s own view on that issue. The paper does not simply enumerate the views on an issue, but rather it describes each view and objectively evaluates it based on interaction with Scripture and other sources. It is important to get immediately into the topic at hand without delay. It will be necessary to consult at least four (4) extra-biblical sources (excluding class notes and Bible).

NOTE ON LATE PAPERS: There will be a 5% penalty for each day a paper is late, including weekends and holidays up to a 50% total reduction in grade.

Examinations:

There will be a Mid-term and final exam, consisting of essay questions; these questions will be chosen from the previous Homework Assignment questions or other related topics.

Grading:

Grading will be determined by the course administrator and up to his complete discretion, although you are required to:

  1. Complete all Work assigned to you by due date.
  2. Attendance:
  3. Complete the Mid-term and the Final by the due date.
  4. The grading system is as follows.

Audio and homework assignments — 4.00% per assignment. Equaling up to 25% of your grade.

Term-Paper — 25% of your grade.

Tests — 12.5% per test equaling up to 25% of your grade.

Reading Assignment — 25% of your grade.  See Below

On the Mission Field: The Indigenous Church By Melvin Hodges. 

To get credit for the reading of this book there is required, a 1 to 2 page synopsis of the book will be due by semester end. Each student will be required to purchase this book for themselves and is available at Amazon and other online retailers. This book is 129 pages long.

The Planting and Development of Missionary Churches.(1899). By John Nevius. 

To get credit for the reading of this book there is required, a 1 to 2 page synopsis of the book will be due by semester end. Each student will be required to purchase the book themselves and is available at Amazon and other online retailers. This book is also downloadable in several different formats at the following internet link. archive.org/details/plantingdevelopm00nevi 

This book is 106 pages long.

Attendance:

Although this is an online course, “attendance” is mandatory. Each student has a certain numbers days to the audio  and to do the assignment before it is removed from the website.

Schedule:

See below. You might desire to print this syllabus and keep track of the dates of the assignments via the syllabus as a reminder. 

Special Notes:

Please remember that our Professors’  are very busy missionaries and have volunteered to help us with this class. They want to be available to the students, but be considerate of their time.

Additional Resources

Combating the Dependency Syndrome in Missions
Combating the Dependency Syndrome in Missions Notes

Lessons