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In order to provide a customizable approach to discipleship in a hectic and diverse environment, this project seeks to help the people of North Richland Hills Baptist Church grow towards maturity in Christ by learning and practicing spiritual disciplines within the context of life-coaching relationships. Dallas Willard argues that the consistent practice of spiritual disciplines is discipling. The results of this project demonstrate that life-coaching relationships are an effective methodology to encourage the practice of spiritual disciplines. Therefore, this project espouses a customizable process to make disciples for the members of North Richland Hills Baptist Church (NRHBC).
NRHBC is located in the suburbs of Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). Overcommitted schedules crowd out church involvement. Substantial growth in DFW over the last decade created a demographically diverse community. NRHBC can no longer offer homogenous approaches to discipleship in order to effectively reach and make disciples in the surrounding community. As a result, this ministry focus paper proposes a customizable plan of making disciples, which accommodates different schedules and life patterns.
This project proposes making disciples through the practice of spiritual disciplines developed in life coaching relationships. As the coachee becomes familiar with spiritual disciplines, such as those described in the works of Dallas Willard and Richard Foster, the coachee determines which disciplines will be discussed and developed. Life coaching offers the ability to tailor discipleship through one-on-one meetings apart from the church calendar or campus.
A pilot group of coaches and coachees were enlisted from the membership of NRHBC. Coaching4Clergy provided life-coaching training for the coaches. After being matched together, the individual coaches and coachees met for six months. The Reveal Survey, taken by coachees before and after the program, and interviews of the participants were utilized to measure the ability of coaching to make disciples.
Content Reader: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD
Doctor of Ministry
North Richland Hills Baptist Church; Spiritual formation; Spiritual exercises; Discipling (Christianity); Mentoring in church work
Missions and World Christianity
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Spence, Mark, "Life Coaching to Encourage the Practice of Spiritual Disciplines at North Richland Hills Baptist Church" (2014). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 128.