Course Syllabus

MIN102: Introduction to Rescue Missions: Ministry with the Homeless & Addicted 1

Instructor & Contact Information

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Course Description

This course is intended to be an introduction to understand rescue missions and similar ministries that serve the homeless and addicted and to develop the skills and attitudes needed to serve effectively.

This is an “onramp” freshman-level course intended as a first course or for students early in their studies with City Vision. This course was originally designed to target graduates of rescue mission recovery programs and new interns/staff at rescue missions, but it could be helpful for others with a passion to serve the homeless and addicted in a Christian ministry.

This course requires the following:

  • Weekly attendance at a live video conference with the instructor. These live meetings will occur every Thursday from 11-12:30 CT/ 12-1:30 ET. 
  • Having a supervisor or mentor (see mentor qualifications & expectations

Do not register for this course unless you can meet the above requirements.

MIN102: Introduction to Rescue Missions and Ministry Serving the Homeless & Addicted is part 1 of a two part course series. Students are also encouraged to follow this course with MIN103: Introduction to Rescue Missions and Ministry Serving the Homeless & Addicted 2.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose of rescue missions and similar ministries.
  2. Explain the effect of worldview on ministry.
  3. Describe poverty from a local perspective, national perspective and God's perspective.
  4. Reflect on how spiritual disciplines help you prepare for ministry.
  5. Apply the concept of boundaries to identify boundaries needed to ensure margin in ministry.
  6. Describe the importance of developing character, integrity and morality in ministry.
  7. Describe the importance of understanding clients and the impact that shame and trauma might have in interactions.
  8. Identify ways to be more effective in showing respect to clients.

Degree Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a certificate or degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes in the Christian Ministry & Leadership program, marked with an asterisk (*). After completing the program, City Vision’s graduates will be able to do the following:

  1. Bible. Use sound principles of Biblical interpretation to analyze the structure, themes and content of the Bible and apply that to local contexts.
  2. Theology. Apply the foundational truths of Christian theology grounded in Scripture to local contexts.
  3. Calling. Create a synthesis of a reflective life vision and plan to enable 24/7 ministry based on God’s purposes for work and their own unique calling. *
  4. Leadership. Develop a personal philosophy and plan for leadership based on principles of leadership and effective ministry management. *
  5. Life Balance. Develop plan for him/herself and others to establish life balance in a society saturated with technology and addiction.
  6. Cross-Cultural Ministry. Develop strategy for effective cross-cultural management and ministry and apply that to their own organizational or ministry context.
  7. Specialization. Develop skills and apply learning and concepts in one area of specialty ministry. *

Required Texts

Students are required to obtain these texts before the first day of classes. 

Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

Critical Policies to Read for This Course

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This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: December 15, 2021

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