We know how to send missionaries overseas, but what is our mission to those within a few miles of our church buildings? Where do local churches rank among the major influences–movies, friends, video games, schools–in a given community?

Jesus promised the Church's endurance and importance as his vehicle for change. But what does that look like at the local, community level? Does it look different in rural Kansas or downtown L.A.? 

WM450 – Local Church and Social Outreach Ministry

DTS aims to help answer these questions and more with a new course taught by Dr. Tony Evans. WM450 "Local Church and Social Outreach Ministry" (download syllabus) takes a fresh look at the local church's missional ministry, with special attention to practical strategies and skills for seeing that mission become a reality. Students will:

  • Learn the biblical and philosophical foundations of social outreach
  • Develop a feasible social outreach plan for a local church
  • Assess the value and effectiveness of social outreach programs

 Students will also:

  • Value the interrelatedness of theology and practice, specifically in social outreach ministry
  • Develop a deep love for their communities
  • Commit to becoming agents of change by working through their local churches.

The course will meet at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship on Tuesday evenings beginning Fall 2012. Details below:

Location: Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship
Time: Fall 2012, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Travel: DTS will provide complimentary transportation from the Dallas Campus to OCBF.  To register for transportation, please contact the registrar (registrar@dts.edu). Limited availability.

For more information, see the Fall 2012 schedule.

About Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (OCBF) and President of The Urban Alternative, has more than 35 years experience in both church and community ministry. In fact, he's operated under the belief that there's a fundamental overlap between both. Author of multiple books and articles, Tony Evans is known for his emphasis on race relations and the programs OCBF has implemented to see spiritual change come to schools and communities alike. Read more about Tony Evans and the ministry philosophy of OCBF.