The author presents a legalism orientation as a problem in ministry for Stonecrest Community Church. The researcher developed the Stonecrest Survey of Discipleship Orientation (SSDO), an instrument to measure movement in a person’s discipleship orientation with relation to legalism. The attitudes of ninety-one responders who participated were measured, first to establish a baseline for the study, and eleven months later to measure their movement in discipleship orientation regarding legalism. With the help of a local church elder who conducted interviews with twelve congregants looking for factors of movement from legalism orientation to abiding faith spiritual orientation, the researcher discovered that the Stonecrest congregation's discipleship orientation shifted due to the influence of its lead pastor's own journey away from legalism. Based on these findings, the author made ministry recommendations.
|Commitee:||Plunket, Michael, Sanders, Martin|
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Discipleship orientation, Journey, Legalism, Stonecrest Community Church|
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