Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Spiritual preparation of emerging lay leaders for Christian ministry
by Smith, Juanita, D.Min., Azusa Pacific University, 2007, 232; 3298425
Abstract (Summary)

This project focused on the need for the twenty-first century Protestant church located in the inner city of North America to establish spiritual training programs that will aid in the intentional development and preparation of emerging lay leaders to become and serve as spiritual leaders. The project, designed to challenge the participants to examine their spiritual life, took place over a five month period in an inner city megachurch. The subsequent manual engaged the participants in prayer, biblical and theological reflection, study, meditation, and fellowship. Key elements of the project were the fundamental understanding of the foundation for Christian ministry and the ministries of the church; Biblical leadership qualifications and ensuing implications due to a lack of adequate spiritual training; and assessment of the processes God uses to shape His leaders for Christian service. The impact and success of the project was revealed in final reflection papers and the request for additional classes which highlight spiritual formation and Christlikeness. The impact confirmed that spiritual training is vital to the continued spiritual life of the church.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Roger
School: Azusa Pacific University
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 69/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Bible, Theology
Keywords: Character, Christian, Church ministry, Laity, Leadership, Ministry, Spiritual preparation, Theology, Training
Publication Number: 3298425
ISBN: 978-0-549-41942-6
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