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Welcome to the Family: Establishing Sustainable Assimilation through Small Groups at Calvary Church, Maumee, OH
by McCormick, Chris L., D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2021, 257; 28314824
Abstract (Summary)

People in the twenty-first century search for authentic relationships and a place to belong. While the surrounding culture and social media provide options that seem to offer solutions to these challenges, often people find them ultimately lacking. However, the Church not only provides solutions to authentic relationships and belonging, it also offers the solution to a real relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The challenge remains for the Church to find a way to hospitably and effectively welcome strangers and outsiders whom God sends and offer them a chance to find relationship, belonging, spiritual growth, and everlasting life.

The ministry intervention step in this project, the Assimilation Training Seminar, offered the necessary foundation for leaders of Calvary Church to accept the challenge of welcoming the outsider into the family of God. These leaders now more fully understand the biblical mandate for reaching out to those searching for connection and possess a clear path forward for the implementation of sustainable assimilation.

The Assimilation Training Seminar was a two-day intensive seminar resulting from deep theological reflection and literature research that centers on utilizing specialized small groups as the focal point of Calvary Church’s assimilation components. As a result of this seminar, Assimilation Leadership Team members can provide the church with a proactive, effective, and sustainable assimilation process that stewards well he newcomers God sends to Calvary Church.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Carlson, Rob, Clark, David
Commitee: Battaglia, John, Shipley, Cory
School: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Department: Doctor of Ministry Department
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Organizational behavior, Spirituality
Keywords: Assimilation, Church growth, Discipleship, Family, Ingroup/outgroup bias, Small groups, Calvary Church, Maumee, OH, Ohio
Publication Number: 28314824
ISBN: 9798569903108
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