FCS3200 Historical Foundations of Faith Community Services

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Curt Watke

Course Description:

A survey of the historical development of faith-based community services including early classification of social needs and Christian responses to urbanization and social problems, immigration and ethnicity, morality and moral reform, the church and its relation to society, and the social forces of the press, platform and pulpit in community services. Students will read original source materials, discuss faith-based approaches to historical issues and apply their learnings to key social issues in the 21st century.

How This Course Benefits Students:

While 21st century social problems in American cities and in the countryside abound, solutions to those problems often seem to evade us. Many students may understand some of todays social issues but they tend to only know about the Christian responses which they have seen or in which they have participated. By immersing oneself in historical eras of great social upheaval and listening to the historical voices of Christian leaders struggling with crafting both an effective and biblical response, students gain insights into the ongoing process of the contextualization of faith community service.

Why This Course Is Important:

Solomon wrote that there is nothing new under the sun. Certainly this is true when it comes to the existence of social issues and how Christians have responded to them. This course uncovers social unrest and upheaval during times of enormous social change and gallant Christian believers who wrestled with understanding their times and responding through faith community services. Students will learn from historical figures who struggled but attempted the social work of Christian mission.