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The purpose of this project is to develop a model of transformational preaching that will foster sustained spiritual growth in the lives of church attenders at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Texas. What follows is a model of biblical communication that engages people in the regular practice of spiritual disciplines. To achieve this purpose, a cross-mentoring pilot project was created to empower Highland Park’s biblical communicators in their respective teaching environments. The desire was not simply to refine styles of preaching but to ground the act of communicating the Scriptures in the experience of spiritual practices.

This paper is divided into three parts. Part One examines both the Park Cities community surrounding Highland Park Presbyterian Church and the unique ministry culture of this growing congregation. This portion connects Highland Park’s historic mission with its current leadership distinctives, focusing in particular on methods of communicating the gospel in a mainline Reformed setting.

Part Two establishes the biblical and theological foundations relevant to building a transformational model of preaching. This discussion engages key theological sources from the Reformed tradition as well as a review of literature on the spiritual disciplines. Special attention also is given to the role of the preaching moment in the formation of Christlike character, both individual and corporate. This section concludes by examining the catalytic role of discipline and habit in the church’s ministry of spiritual transformation.

Part Three introduces a cross-mentoring group aimed at implementing this transformational model of preaching at Highland Park. This initiative will enable church leadership to explore the individual and communal impact of teaching the spiritual disciplines in different learning environments throughout the congregation. Careful consideration will be given to the content, structure, and assessment of this ministry pilot project.

Content Reader: Randy L. Rowland, DMin

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Doctor of Ministry

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Rowland, Randy

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April 2018

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Highland Park Presbyterian Church (Highland Park, Tex.); Preaching; Spiritual formation; Discipling (Christianity); Spiritual exercises


Missions and World Christianity


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