Title

Gathered for worship and word: scattered to witness to the world.

Date of Award

5-1-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

School

Drew Theological School

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Abstract

This narrative research ministry project sought to enhance the spiritual life of Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown, New Jersey by strengthening the congregation's commitment to witnessing. Calvary's stated mission is to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ through our commitment to Worship, Word and Witness. While some members may dedicate time to private devotions, the church gathers corporately for a few hours each week to worship the Lord and study the Word of God. Daily, members of the church scatter into the world, which is chock full of opportunities to witness. Pre-project congregational interviews and surveys revealed similarities to most 21st Century Christians. The majority of Calvary members were spiritually committed to the concept of witnessing. Yet, very few were actively engaged in the practice of sharing their faith with people they knew. Through experiential adult education, Church School students were equipped with tools and techniques that would enable them to effectively witness to friends, relatives, associates and neighbors within their circles of influence. The work described herein represents that part of the effort that could be accomplished during the project implementation phase.