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The purpose of this project is to produce a discipleship process with a focus on holistic training and exposure to real-life experiences for people at Saddleback Church to help them embrace a biblical worldview and form Christ-like character that results in a lifestyle of outreach. A lifestyle of outreach is simply embracing the two central teachings of Jesus Christ commonly known as the great commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Many Christ followers at Saddleback Church have sufficient biblical instruction about and awareness of the great commandment and the great commission; however, there appears to be a disconnection when it comes to applying and incorporating these two key teachings into their lifestyle.

This ministry focus paper contains three sections and is developed from the experiences, discoveries, and research done at Saddleback Church to learn how to implement a discipleship process to influence the worldview of Christ followers and coordinate specialized training to equip them for a lifestyle of outreach. Part One establishes the ministry context by analyzing the history of Saddleback Church and its recent awakening to deeper missions awareness. Part Two evaluates the biblical and theological foundations of Saddleback Church as an allied member of the Southern Baptist Convention and the resulting theological implications for personal discipleship. This portion of the discussion also offers a theology of God and discipleship. Part Three focuses on the ministry strategy, with emphasis on the discipleship planning and implementation process for people and other churches affiliated with Saddleback Church.

Content Reader: Arlene Inouye, DMin

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Inouye, Arlene

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Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, Calif.); Discipling (Christianity)


Missions and World Christianity


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