The early church saw unparalleled growth in the early centuries. Despite persecution and other obstacles, the church grew from zero to twenty percent of the world’s population by AD 500. What accounts for this growth and what can we learn from it?
In Evangelism in the Early Church (CH361) Dr. Sean McGever looks at this period of incredible growth. The course covers the growth from the book of Acts to the conversion of the emperor Constantine. Dr. McGever focuses on both the advantages and challenges encountered by the early church because of its location within the Roman Empire. He explores the persecution of the early church and addresses the misperception that it was continual and universal until the time of Constantine by examining the four principle eras and locations of persecution. Dr. McGever also addresses the evangelistic methods of the early church comparing and contrasting their methods with evangelistic methods used by the church today.
Sean McGever (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is area director for Paradise Valley Arizona Young Life and adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University. He trains Young Life staff and volunteers internationally.