Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Passion Church: The parallel-church planting of a postmodern campus church
by Lawson, Eldridge Leo, II, D.I.S., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies, 2010, 206; 3492170
Abstract (Summary)

This is a case study of Passion Church, a postmodern campus church on UCLA's campus. The Central Research Issue: to analyze, using postmodern indicators, the development and implementation of Passon Church, a New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) church planted from HRock Church (HRC). My research studies how one modernist NAR church, HRC (Che Ahn, Pastor), creatively ministered to postmodernist collegians: they planted a parallel-church on campus, Passion Church (PC; Jaeson Ma, Church Planter). Each church was similar in vision and mission, but differed in their cultural values and methodology. A local community church extended its ministry onto a campus through Parallel-Church Campus Ministry.

Assuming HRC was rooted in Modernism, I answer the question: To what measure did a modernist NAR church plant a postmodernist NAR campus church to minister to never-churched postmodernist collegians, satisfying selected postmodern indicators? Three postmodern indictors were suggested by Murphy's theory of Anglo-American Postmodernism: 1) organic community; 2) discourse as the source of meaning; 3) epistemological holism. Per these indicators, the data reveals that PC was an Anglo-American Postmodernist campus church which was birthed out from the modernist HRC.

I develop a composite beta model of HRC's parallel-church planting methods, formulated initially by Ma. I conclude with an amended model: the Alpha Parallel-Church Planting Model to be used to plant postmodernist parallel-churches on campuses to evangelize never-churched postmodernist collegians.

The data comes from a single case study of PC, triangulated via other methodologies: active interview; participant observation; direct observation; and document and archival studies. Findings answer three research questions which address two research variables: (1) the development of HRC's parallel-church planting methods; and (2) the implementation of HRC's parallel-church planting methods.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bolger, Ryan
School: Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Philosophy, Theology, Religious education
Keywords: Campus church, College campuses, Emerging churches, New Apostolic Reformation, Organic churches, Parallel-church planting, Postmodernism
Publication Number: 3492170
ISBN: 978-1-267-10495-3
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