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Conscious of the decline in the Australian Church, this project seeks to help members of Malvern Uniting Church to be a faith sharing community through a strategy of: group mentoring in evangelism and a weekend community festival designed as an opportunity to share faith. Malvern Uniting Church is located in a wealthy suburb of Adelaide. Church members relate to a variety of non-believers, yet feel unprepared to share faith. For this project, contextual evangelism is twofold: first, faith sharing for individuals in their everyday location and, secondly, corporate faith sharing for the church community also in its location.
Part One of this paper examines the suburb of Malvern. It highlights history and demographics, the people, their work and social lives, their children and financial priorities. It gives consideration to the negative aspects of the community and perceived unimportance of faith. Turning attention towards the church, this paper examines its history and denominational particulars, its values and stated vision, its focus of ministry and struggle to be relevant in an affluent suburb.
Part Two engages with literature pertinent to that of the Church and evangelism. Both biblical and theological information are considered. This aspect of the paper develops a relevant ecclesiology and draws a discussion of contextual evangelism and its place in the life of the church. This section ends by developing a theology of contextual evangelism that sees a progression from individual to community evangelism as modeled by Jesus and continued by the Spirit.
Part Three focuses on developing contextual evangelism in light of theological reflection, community needs, and location of church members. Careful consideration is given to people, resources, and logistics. It is hoped this would develop contextual evangelism as a way of life for Malvern Church. The goals and direction for future efforts emerge from this trial.
Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD
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Davies, Jonathan I., "Facilitating Personal and Corporate Evangelism at Malvern Uniting Church, Adelaide, Australia" (2015). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 169.