Title

Practices in faith formation and discipleship towards the next generation church at Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, Englewood, New Jersey.

Author

George Akins

Date of Award

5-1-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

School

Drew Theological School

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Abstract

Practices in faith formation and discipleship towards the next generation church at Refuge Temple focuses on enhancing the vitality of congregational life at the Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ in Englewood, New Jersey. This dissertation project addresses the historical disposition, current opportunities, strategy and actions of the Refuge Temple Church in attracting and integrating young adults between the ages of 20-40 to become Christian disciples as part of the Refuge Temple Church family. This project seeks to work through the group formation dynamics in equipping congregational laity for the ministry by forming and facilitating small community groups in relationship building. The objective of this project is to influence the practices and behaviors of the congregation through the impact of transforming lay leaders to becoming highly relational members who can become effective at forming and leading others into a life of Christian discipleship.