Title

Chosen Generation Community Church : exploring indispensible factors in living an effective Christian life.

Date of Award

5-1-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

School

Drew Theological School

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Abstract

This project sought to explore and identify those indispensible factors that would empower Christian believers to live an effective and victorious Christian life. The researcher believed that the development and utilization of a healthy discipleship model, integrating those indispensible factors, would provide agency to healthy Christian identity and healthy spiritual formation. This project was an attempt to fulfill the biblical mandate of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. The Methodology for this project consisted of four phases: (1) Review of the Literature; (2) Creation of an anonymous, empirical, objective, self-report Survey; (3) Selection, development and training of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC); and (4) Survey distribution and collection. The research explored five parachurch movements: Renewal Movement; Spiritual Formations Movement; Small Group/ Pastoral Care Movement; Lay Renewal Movement; and Church Growth Movement. Five indispensible factors were identified and employed. They were: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship, Ministry and Evangelism - referred as the Chief Paradigm. This project was introduced and outlined to the leadership and congregants of four selected churches within Northern New Jersey. The anonymous survey was distributed and collected over a three week period. The sampling selection was voluntary. The respondents were eighty adult men and women from the four selected churches membership rosters. The outcome was favorable and supported the initial belief that the development and utilization of a healthy discipleship model would provide agency to healthy Christian identity and healthy spiritual formation. Findings discovered the impact of discipleship models on the current social theory of change. This research opened up a way to discuss shortcomings and strengths of the discipleship process of struggling urban churches and offers them suggestions on what to work on. Survey results were used to create a working Discipleship Model to be implemented at the Chosen Generation Community Church of Plainfield, New Jersey.