2 Discussion Prompt

Instructions

The number of people coming to and declaring their faith in Christ in America is not impressive. While some churches have a noticeable increase in attendance, one is hard-pressed to find a single county in a single state in the United States with an increase in the percentage of people professing faith in Jesus Christ (conversion growth) in the past decade. While the reasons for this may be many and varied, one core factor may be a lack of initiative on the part of Christians to establish connections and to share life, let alone, share their hope in Christ with people who do not claim or profess any interest in spiritual things.

An even greater factor may be indifference to the spiritual destiny of people without Christ. In developing a response to this, share some observations which illustrate your convictions on the issue.

  • Submit initial post by Thursday 11:59 pm (CST).
  • Reply to a minimum of two classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm (CST).
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Discussion Rubric

Use these criteria to develop your best work:

CriteriaExemplaryProficientMinimalUnacceptableTotal Possible Points
Holistic Score55 pts Exemplary in each of the following areas – Quality, Timeliness and Interaction45 pts Exemplary and/or Proficient in each of the following areas – Quality, Timeliness and Interaction30 pts Minimal or higher ratings in each of the following areas – Quality, Timeliness and Interaction15 > 0 pts Unacceptable rating in at least one of the following areas – Quality, Timeliness and Interaction55
Quality15 pts Postings are well developed (this includes meeting length requirements). Answers provide clear evidence of critical thinking (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, or application). Questions or observations add greater depth to the discussion by introducing new and relevant ideas. Quoted or paraphrased material is properly documented in APA format (using in-text citations).10 pts Postings show some development. Some critical thinking is evident in answers. Questions and observations add to the discussion by expanding the ideas of others. Quoted or paraphrased material is cited, but does not follow correct APA formatting5 pts Postings show nominal development Answers show only the beginnings of critical thinking. Questions and observations do not add to the discussion. Quoted or paraphrased material is cited, but does not follow correct APA formatting.0 pts Postings show no development. Postings mostly reiterate what the textbook or others have said. Questions and observations detract from the discussion. Student does not acknowledge when material is borrowed or quoted.15
Timeliness15 pts Makes the initial posting by Day 4, Thursday. Makes comments to others while discussion threads are active and flowing.10 pts Makes the initial posting by Day 5, Friday. Makes comments in time for others to profit from their insights.5 pts Makes the initial posting by Day 6, Saturday. Makes comments when discussion threads are no longer active, but the information can still be useful to others.0 pts Does not respond to the question or topic until Day 7, Sunday or later. The contribution is of negligible value because others have moved on to other discussions.15
Interaction15 pts Responds to a minimum of two other students. Day 7, Sunday Is clearly collaborative by taking the initiative to respond to other student’s questions, providing clarification, and insight on issues in the discussion. Shows initiative in leading discussions.10 pts Responds to one other student. Day 7, Sunday Is collaborative in some situations. Shows some initiative in discussions.5 pts Responds to one other student. After Day 7, Sunday Presence was not collaborative. Shows little initiative in discussions.0 pts Does not respond to the postings of others in the discussion. Any posting(s) are isolated and of negligible value in building a collaborative discussion. Takes no initiative in discussions.15
100