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The goal of this study is to develop a strategy that focuses on the practice of spiritual disciplines and Ignatian exercises that will facilitate the spiritual growth of the young adults (between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five) at Victory Baptist Church. The disciplines will include disciplines of abstinence (solitude, silence, and fasting), and disciplines of engagement (study, worship, and prayer). To achieve this purpose, a retreat will be offered so that the young adults can be introduced to spiritual disciplines, and a small group seminar will be established that will provide an in-depth survey of the practice and benefits of spiritual disciplines.
Special attention will be given to Scripture as it relates to spiritual disciplines in the life of Jesus and his disciples. Baptist doctrine will be considered and the ways in which spiritual disciplines and Ignatian spirituality can be incorporated into the worship experience. Theological literature will also be examined that will provide insights into spiritual disciplines in corporate and individual reading. The main reference texts will be The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard and Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.
The last part of this doctoral project will discuss the implementation of the pilot project, the spiritual retreat, followed by a ten-week spiritual formation small group session. When this strategy is implemented, the spiritual lives of the young adults at Victory Baptist Church should be enhanced. Evaluation will take place in the form of post-project questionnaires that will show whether the use of spiritual disciplines will contribute to spiritual maturity and a closer relationship with God.
Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD
Victory Baptist Church (Los Angeles, Calif.); Spiritual formation; Spiritual exercises; Church group work with young adults; Small groups
Missions and World Christianity
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Jenkins, W. Edward, "A Strategy for Spiritual Formation for the Young Adults at Victory Baptist Church" (2014). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 125.