The idea upon which I have based this dissertation is that prayer is the answer no matter what the question. Prayer is both traditional and transformational, not offending the staunchest traditionalist or the most starry-eyed transformationalist. It is perhaps the best natural construct for religious identity, understanding and development.
In the past few decades many religious professionals have discovered that traditional religious distinctions and identities have become less useful in motivating the faithful. I have observed that decision-making in churches has often become obstructed by internal politics, individualism and cultural competition. From the viewpoint of change theology, all of these developments may be the manifestation of a natural process of aging. What would happen if instead of resisting these changes, we processed them as stepping stones to a new spiritual maturity? More importantly, would God be pleased if we did this and how would we know?
It would be necessary to find a very special church and a brave pastor to find out the answers to these questions. However, the idea of prayer is so universal that many of the divisive ideology and individualistic obstacles could be minimized during a period of collective soul searching. Structure and covenant would be essential to the process and that, I could do.
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|School Location:||United States -- Connecticut|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Body of Christ, Prayer, Spiritual maturity|
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