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The purpose of this doctoral project is to develop a spiritual formation model that will help the congregants of Bellevue Christian Church (hereafter, BCC) become spiritually formed disciples of Jesus Christ. It was initiated in response to the perceived historical failure of our church to have a clearly articulated and sustainable process for making disciples.

In order to ensure that the model is contextually relevant to the BCC environment, a thorough study was conducted on both the community and church context. In addition, the project consulted various scholarly literary sources, the beliefs of our movement, and the relevant biblical text to help maintain theological and biblical integrity. The outcome of this initial research is a contextually relevant and theologically sound foundation upon which to build the model.

The foundational aspects of the spiritual formation model are followed by a series of congregational goals, along with content elements that would facilitate their achievement. Among other things, the elements are designed to create a framework centered on the three primary means of “gather,” “train,” and “go.” This simple framework is designed to be accessible to congregants, and if needed, it can be coupled with an optional discipleship coaching relationship in order to assist the congregant in developing a personalized discipleship pathway. In addition to the content elements, core values are established to help keep the model in focus, and within the desired discipleship parameters.

This plan is followed by a strategic implementation timeline that is structured around a one year pilot project. Although the timeline projects aggressive milestones and completion dates, it remains flexible enough to accommodate the church calendar and the schedules of all involved in the planning.

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Doctor of Ministry

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Matthews, Keith

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April 2018

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Bellevue Christian Church (Bellevue, Pa.); Spiritual formation; Discipling (Christianity)


Missions and World Christianity


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