Alphacrucis College

Details for Communicating the Gospel

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: MIN102
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

The paper Communicating the Gospel is part of the subject area Ministry and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper is a practical examination of the history, theology and practice of evangelism. It stresses the empowering role of the Holy Spirit in evangelism.


Students should be able to:

  1. Identify the biblical, historical and theological foundations of evangelism. This includes consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings
  2. Describe  the postmodern context of evangelism
  3. Identify and apply competently a variety of evangelistic resources
  4. Illustrate the skills necessary to extend an evangelistic invitation, both in church and in a personal interaction
  5. Discuss the features of  an effective evangelistic ministry for the postmodern context
  6. Identify the place of outreach and evangelism in the mission of the church 

Subject Content

  1. Foundations of evangelism
  2. Jesus as disciple maker
  3. Faith formation, conversion theology and spiritual development
  4. Various methods used in outreach and first steps in the faith
  5. Various postmodern contexts for outreach
  6. Bicultural and multicultural implications for evangelism
  7. Practicum in outreach and evangelism
  8. Effective incorporation into the body of Christ


This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, class presentations, reports and group discussions.

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Major Essay (50%, 2000 words); Portfiolio (30%, 1250 words); Forum Postings (20 %, 2000 words)

Prescribed Text

PDF Readings provided on Moodle

Representative References

Abraham, W. “The Art of Evangelism.” Clergy Journal 82:8 (2006):13-15

Amsterdam 2000. The Mission of an Evangelist. Minneapolis, MN.: World Wide Publications, 2001.

Comfort, R. & Cameron, K.  The School of Biblical Evangelism.  Alachua, FL:  Bridge-Logos, 2004.

Dawson, S. (ed),  The Complete Evangelism Guidebook:  Expert Advice on Reaching Others for Christ.  Grand Rapids:  Baker, 2008.

Dockery, David, S (ed.). The Challenge Of Postmodernism. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Books, 2001.

Drummond, L.A. Reaching Generation Next: Effective Evangelism in Today’s Culture. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2002.

Finney, J. Emerging Evangelism. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2004.

Hunter, Kent R. The Jesus Enterprise: Engagingthe Culture to reach the Unchurched. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2004.

Hybels, B. Just Walk Across the Room. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.

Kaldor, P et al. Initial Impressions. Adelaide, South Australia, Openbook, 2002.

McIntosh, D. The Everyday Evangelist. Valley Forge, Penn.: Judson, 1984.

Mittelberg, M. Building a Contagious Church: Revolutionizing the Way We View and Do Evangelism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.

Poe, H.L. Christian Witness in a Postmodern World.  Nashville TN:  Abingdon Press, 2001.

Rainer, Thom S.  Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them. Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan, 2001.

Reid, Alvin.  Radically Unchurched: Who They Are and How to Reach Them. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications, 2002.

Thropp, J.R. “Investing in Mission and Evangelism.” Clergy Journal 82:8 (2006): 23-32

Webber, R. Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making your Church a Faith-Forming Community. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003.

Wright, C. “Following Jesus in the Globalised Marketplace.” Evangelical Review of Theology 31:4(2007):320-330.


Clergy Journal


Evangelical Review of Theology

International Bulletin of Missionary Research


Review of Religious Research