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Mobile Ed: MI101 Introducing Global Missions (7 hour course)

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Introducing Global Missions (MI101) introduces the reality of the rapidly changing sociopolitical world of the last 70 years. Dr. Don Fanning explores the development of a theology of mission, reviews a history of missions from the first century to the present, and assesses possible directions for global missions in the future based on current trends. Dr. Fanning also discusses practical matters of preparing for missions, developing a strategy for a proposed mission, understanding cross-cultural considerations, fund-raising, and interacting with other religions of the world.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Describe the changing world of the past 70 years and identify how these changes have impacted and influenced the current practices of missionaries and mission agencies
  • Recount the overarching shape of missions throughout church history
  • Outline guidelines for self-preparation for a mission, cultural preparation for missions, and establishing effective strategies for developing and supporting a mission
  • Describe missional approaches to encountering the religions of the world
  • Analyze the trends and issues in contemporary global missions and give thought to where global missions are headed

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker
  • Introduction to Global Missions

Unit 1: The Mission of Missions Continues

  • The Beginning of Missions
  • Researching Early Christian Persecution with Studies in Early Church History
  • Spreading throughout the Known World
  • Researching Traditions about the Journeys and Martyrdom of the Apostles
  • Post-Apostolic Expansion
  • From Persecuted Church to Legalized Church
  • Missions to Europe and North Africa
  • Orthodoxy and Nominalism
  • Arian Barbarians
  • Patrick Evangelizes Ireland
  • The Christianizing of Europe Continues
  • Expansion to the East
  • The Re-Evangelization of Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Confrontation with Islam
  • Effects of the Crusades
  • Islam and the Mongols
  • Marco Polo
  • The Black Death
  • The Muslim Offensive into Eastern Europe
  • Roman Catholic Missions
  • More Roman Catholic Missions

Unit 2: Missions in the Reformation

  • Pre-Reformation “Evangelicals”
  • Desire for Reformation Grows
  • The Matter Comes to a Head
  • The Reformation Begins
  • The Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • Sacramental Controversy
  • Restart Rather Than Reform
  • Separation of Church and State
  • All Ceremonies Not in the Bible Are Idolatry
  • The Reformation Comes to England
  • Purifying the Church of England
  • Catholicism Colonizes Central and South America
  • Baptist Beginnings
  • A Vision for the Unreached Peoples of the Globe
  • A Mission to Native North Americans
  • Pietism
  • Christian Community at Herrnhut
  • Moravians and Missions
  • The Moravians’ Influence on Wesley
  • Using the Timeline Tool to Find Relevant Historical Concurrences
  • The First Great Awakening in America
  • The Second Great Awakening in America
  • Another Mission to Native North Americans
  • The Third Great Awakening in America

Unit 3: The Golden Age of Missions

  • The Status of Missions in 1800
  • Clarifying Some Missiological Terms
  • The Great Century
  • William Carey
  • Performing a Heading Text Search on William Carey
  • Carey Goes to India
  • Robert Morrison to China
  • David Livingstone to Africa
  • Revival, Evangelism, and Missions
  • The Haystack Prayer Meeting Sparks Missions
  • Adoniram Judson in Burma
  • Luther Rice Organizes Missions Support at Home
  • Three Eras of Evangelical Missions
  • The Faith Missions Concept
  • The Pioneer of Faith Missions
  • Slow Start of Missions in Other Areas
  • Examining Applications of the Three-Self Church
  • The Bible Institute Movement
  • The Student Volunteer Movement
  • Four Stages of Mission Development on a Mission Field
  • Colonialism
  • Ecumenism and Global Mission
  • The Ecumenical Movement
  • Liberal Theology
  • Missions’ Reaction to Liberalism
  • Two World Wars Undo Colonialism
  • The Evangelism Scale

Unit 4: Missions in Transition

  • Everything Is Changing
  • The Retreat of the West
  • Communist Expansion and Defeat
  • Vatican Council II
  • Basic Search for Articles on the Second Vatican Council
  • The Pentecostal/Charismatic Boom
  • Changes in Missionary Personnel
  • New Attitudes toward Indigenous Missionaries
  • Innovations in Methodology
  • What’s Next?

Unit 5: Hearing God’s Call

  • The Call to Salvation
  • Called to a Purpose
  • Call or Guidance?
  • The Term “Missionary”
  • Using BDAG to Study New Testament and Ancient Uses of Apostolos
  • The Church’s Mandate for Mission
  • Does the Need for Workers Constitute a Call?
  • What Does It Take to Be Used?
  • The Call to Full-Time Ministry
  • The Spirit’s Guidance
  • Who’s Speaking?
  • Start with Obedience; God Will Lead You from There
  • How to Know It’s God Who’s Guiding
  • Seven Motivating Incentives
  • Studying the Greek behind the English Words “Good” and “Evil”

Unit 6: Preparing a Missionary to Go

  • Identifying Potential Missionaries
  • Three Types of Training
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Ministry Skills
  • Seven Wisdom Steps
  • Saying “Yes”
  • Biblical Basis for Mission Boards
  • Types of Mission Boards
  • Choosing a Mission Agency
  • Functions of Mission Agencies
  • Problems and Challenges
  • Strategic Trends
  • Strategies for the 21st Century
  • Where Do We Go from Here?

Unit 7: Preparing a Church to Send

  • The Sending Church
  • Churches Are Not Just Senders
  • Involving the Congregation in Missions
  • Educating the Congregation
  • Training Prospective Missionaries
  • Two Necessary Policy Decisions
  • Caring for Missionaries on Home Assignment
  • The Sending Church/Missionary Partnership
  • Three Types of Missional Churches


  • Missions Show the Heart of God

Product Details

  • Title: MI101 Introducing Global Missions
  • Instructor: Don Fanning
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 7
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About Don Fanning

Dr. Dan Fanning, director of the global studies department at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia, has over 30 years of experience sharing the gospel in Latin America. He served as a jungle pilot evangelist and church planter in Colombia, and helped plant churches in Argentina, Paraguay, and the US. He served as academic dean at Word of Life Argentina Bible Institute, and founded both Libros Aguila Publicaciones and Branches Publications in the US.

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