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The purpose of this project is to increase the number of people who are disciples of Jesus both within New Hope Fellowship and in the community. New Hope Fellowship is a small multicultural, bilingual congregation in a very diverse area of Alexandria, VA just outside Washington, DC. In order to accomplish this goal, a pilot group will be formed of ministry leaders from New Hope Fellowship who will go through a process of learning, assessing, discerning and practicing their fivefold ministry gifts. The pilot group will provide the leadership for a future project of leading interested and willing members of the congregation in this process.
The first section of this paper will examine the church and community context. A profile of the community and New Hope Fellowship will show that the congregation has a strong foundation for greater effectiveness for reaching the diverse community. Congregational weaknesses that have hindered mission effectiveness will be explored. The fivefold ministry will be presented as a way to add disciples of Jesus.
The second section will examine the biblical and theological foundations for the fivefold ministry focusing on Ephesians 4. Special attention will be given to the APEST model proposed by Alan Hirsch and the New Apostolic Reformation model. The fivefold ministry will be evaluated in light of the early Anabaptist movement as well as a discussion of how the fivefold ministry expresses itself in the Church today.
The third section will present a plan for a pilot group at New Hope Fellowship to engage in a six month process of learning to function in the fivefold ministry gifts in a group context. This process will include learning through class instruction and reading, assessments, discernment and practical experience. A questionnaire and personal interviews will provide the basis for an evaluation.
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Hanger, T. Kirk, "Adding Disciples through the Fivefold Ministry at New Hope Fellowship" (2015). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 176.