Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Investigation into the Usefulness of a Coaching Approach along the Engel Scale to Assist People on Their Faith Journey at Cedar Park Church
by Gorc, Craig A., D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2019, 236; 13808042
Abstract (Summary)

The transmission of the gospel relies heavily on the continuous and faithful proclamation of the gospel and on the positive response of the hearers to enter a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Preaching serves as a primary means by which the gospel of Jesus moves forward. While the bulk of gospel proclamation is one-way communication, the ultimate result focuses on moving the hearer to accept the gospel message. This could take place in large rallies, small gatherings, or in one-on-one conversations.

This project examines the possibility of increased receptivity to the gospel by connecting with a spiritual coach to assist a person on his or her journey to understanding and positively responding to the gospel. It also pursues the biblical precedent of incorporating questions into the spiritual seekers’ discovery process. This project sees the message of salvation as something the person must uncover, discover, understand, and then respond to. Coupling a spiritual seeker with a spiritual life coach can help guide the seeker to pursue and positively respond to Christ.

Four Christians and three non-Christians participated in six, one-on-one coaching sessions with me. The knowledge and awareness of their spiritual life was tracked and assessed. The goal was to test and measure how the coaching approach enabled the spiritual seeker to grow in understanding, accepting and advancing the gospel.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kowalski, Waldemar, Detrick, Don
Commitee: Battaglia, John, Gill, Debbie, Medina, Vince, Olena, Lois, Vick, JP, Walls, Randy
School: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Department: Ministry Department
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Theology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Coaching, Discipleship, Engel Scale, Evangelism, Spirituality, Theology
Publication Number: 13808042
ISBN: 978-1-392-00838-6
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