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The goal of this paper is to develop an intentional communal disciple-making process at Faith Methodist Church that will help foster life transformation among its members. At Faith Methodist Church, a transformed life is defined as one growing in the areas of Fellowship (community), Adoration (worship), Involvement (service), Transformation (discipleship), and Harvest (evangelism). The adopted strategy will use the congregation’s existing small group structure as the primary vehicle to grow its members in these areas.
Faith Methodist Church is located in Singapore, which is an economically thriving city-state. Singapore’s cosmopolitan character, affluence, and pragmatism have given rise to a people who value busyness, material success, power, pleasure, and status. As these societal values permeate the church, there is the danger of members allowing themselves to be changed by the world rather than the Gospel. In order to avert this, there needs to be in place a disciple-making process which strives to teach its members how to engage with Christ in ways that run countercultural to the ways of the world and to grow in spiritual maturity.
This paper will contain three parts. Part One will explore the culture of the people of Singapore. In addition, reference will be made to the ongoing influences of pluralism, consumerism, and materialism. This segment also introduces the community of Faith Methodist Church and its vision, organizational structure, and ethos. Current approaches to discipleship will be studied, followed by an examination of their strengths and weaknesses. Part Two examines the underlying theological and biblical justification for the project with emphasis on the church’s Methodist heritage. Part Three presents the ministry plan and implementation strategy. The end result of the project is to create an environment where members can encounter God, experience community, engage the world, emulate Christ, and evangelize others.
Content Reader: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD
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Wong, Moh-Ying, "Rethinking Discipleship at Faith Methodist Church in Singapore: Making Disciples through Effective Small Groups" (2015). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 206.