In Interchurch Collaboration for the Sake of Mission, the author presents the lack of sustained interchurch collaboration for the sake of mission as a problem in ministry for pastors seeking to saturate their geographies with the gospel. Chapter 1 demonstrates that missional learning communities have the potential to positively impact interchurch collaboration, multiplying gospel saturation efforts in specific geographies. Chapter 2 reviews literature that demonstrates the theological foundations for collaboration between churches, gospel saturation within a location, and the obstacles to interchurch collaboration. The idea of the learning community, mission and collaboration are explored. Chapter 3 sets forth the research methodology for this descriptive qualitative study. The author observed an intervention of a yearlong learning community called the Mission Florida Learning Community (MFLC) and gathered information from ten participants through a survey to study the increase in perceived interchurch collaboration and interviews to determine the motivators and demotivators for participation. Chapter 4 presents that, as a result of participation in the MFLC, the pastors perceived an increase in missional interchurch collaboration. In Chapter 5, the author offered ministry recommendations connected to the motivating factors and recommends the use of missional learning communities as a means to increase interchurch collaboration.
|Advisor:||Caterson, John E., Chan, Frank|
|Commitee:||McLeod, Russell, Sanders, Martin|
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clergy, Divinity, Theology|
|Keywords:||Church, Collaboration, Interchurch, Mission, Partnership|
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