Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Making Disciples: A Church in Transition Within the Community of God
by Hilliard, Shane, D.Min., Drew University, 2018, 84; 10973131
Abstract (Summary)

This project examines the dynamics of discipleship and missional community. The concept and perceptions around both topics are relational. As all relationships are, by definition Discipleship is multilayered and multifaceted. Christian Discipleship is revealed through Christ’s example, as evident in His teachings and His ministry within the community. This project begins with a specific definition of Christian Discipleship followed by a demonstration of how that definition can be executed within a particular church. The paper will not limit Discipleship solely within the church but will articulate discipleship through community outreach and conclude with an evaluation of the project and its methodologies.

The goal of the project is to define and effectively utilize Christian Discipleship principles as revealed through the life of Christ. This paper seeks to explore the making of Christian Discipleship within a church in transition, as we seek to be engaged with the larger neighborhood context. This project will address two major social challenges in East New York: Mental illness and homelessness. It will examine discipleship as a model for effective ministry among and within those realities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Simpson, Gary V., Todd, J. Terry
Commitee: Barnes, Stephanie, Bolden, Angelina, Hallett, Jamara, Hinds, Michael, McKenzie, Lindon, Ray, Francis, Smith, Gail, Williams, Beatrice
School: Drew University
Department: Ministry
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-A 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Religious education, Urban planning
Keywords: Community, Discipleship, Homelessness, Lay advisory committee, Mental illness
Publication Number: 10973131
ISBN: 9780438515482
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