The ministry project was conducted based upon the premise that developing authentic loving relationships in the local church setting could engender membership retention, conversions to Christ, and church growth. This ministry project focused on enhancing awareness of five practical ways of loving people in a local church, namely Abundant Life Church in Croydon, Pennsylvania. The duration of the project was nine weeks. At the end of the ninth week, all participants completed a Likert-scale feedback questionnaire regarding their level of awareness regarding loving others and their satisfaction relative to the project components. Evaluation of the results indicated that members of Abundant Life Church did experience an enhancement in their awareness of loving people in practical ways and were willing to practice what they had learned.
This ministry project was designed to be reproducible and has the potential to impact a local congregation seeking to develop loving relationships among its members, reach the unchurched, and usher others into the Kingdom of God. This project could be useful in churches in the West and the rest of the world.
|Advisor:||Chandler, Diane J.|
|Department:||School of Divinity|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Biblical studies, Divinity, Theology|
|Keywords:||Church, Church health, Growth, Leadership, Loving, Relationships|
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