Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A contextualized model for small groups to bring about spiritual renewal and awakening in the Evangelical Church of Danang, Vietnam
by Nguyen, X. Vinh, D.Min., Regent University, 2013, 209; 3575535
Abstract (Summary)

More than at any time in history the Church needs to bring God's kingdom with its fullness of power into the world, sharing the full gospel as Jesus Christ did: preaching, healing and deliverance (Luke 9:1-2). The author believes that the Evangelical Church of Danang (ECD), the first Protestant church in Vietnam, has not grown in number and in maturity, because the author believes it is due to the lack of understanding of the power of God through His Spirit, a power that was evident in the New Testament Church. The author has observed that there are many members in the church carrying deep hurts and burdens from the past. They do not exhibit Christ-like character, struggle to trust God in their daily lives and tend not to be involved in the battle in extending God's kingdom.

The author therefore believes that there is a need for training members to know how to exercise the power of the Holy Spirit, firstly for themselves to be set free from spiritual bondage and healed of their emotional wounds and in turn, for them to help others receive the same fullness of the Gospel. However, it is unrealistic to do this in a big congregation. The author therefore believes that establishing small groups of five to ten people gathering together to mutually help each other will be a more suitable setting to solve this problem. Thus, the purpose of this dissertation seeks to answer this question: what should constitute a contextualized model for holistic small groups that foster spiritual renewal and awakening to the ECD in Vietnam that will lead to increased growth in the future?

The goals of this research project are two-fold: firstly to test the effectiveness of the integration of spiritual warfare, exercising the gifts of the Spirit, inner healing and discipleship into the holistic operation of the small groups; secondly, to design an approach to developing leadership for multiplying such holistic small groups, and, ultimately, for ECD.

This was accomplished by reviewing the literature, determining a biblical and historical foundation for developing such a small group, preparing a pilot effectiveness study and conducting a training program for a specific small group. The study was based on the Covenant Community model of Isaiah 61 Ministries, contextualized to the cultural context of Vietnam. The author gathered a few people from the ECD and one other church, and put this small group through three sessions of training in the integration of spiritual warfare, inner healing, exercising the gifts of the Spirit and discipleship.

To determine the effectiveness of the small group and the training, interviews were conducted among the members as to the relevance of the training and its personal application to their lives. Observations were also made as to how the participants responded to the application of the training to their personal lives.

The results have been positive as all the members experienced restoration in areas of their woundedness and freedom from spiritual bondage. In subsequent small group sessions, they continued to exercise their spiritual gifts to help each other to receive more freedom and restoration. Three members were also able to minister to one new person. She was delivered and has been experiencing a new freedom in her spiritual life. It has been a great encouragement to see how the Lord will use this holistic small group approach contextualized to the young people in the ECD.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Flynn, James T.
Commitee: Ford, Roger H., Tjiong, Willie
School: Regent University
Department: Divinity
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Divinity, Spirituality
Keywords: Character of Church members, Discipleship, Full Gospel, New Testament Church, Protestant, Small groups, Southeast Asia, Spiritual warfare
Publication Number: 3575535
ISBN: 978-1-303-54156-8
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