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The purpose of this project is to develop a biblically, theologically and historically informed model of evangelical healing worship service that helps members of Westside Baptist Church address their brokenness and experience healing in Christ. As the struggling members become aware of their spiritual conditions and their brokenness, understand how their brokenness affect their discipleship pursuit, and as they experience healing in Christ and developed discipleship habits that foster continual healing, their spiritual growth should resume from stagnancy and their discipleship should improve.
Healing is often required for Christ’s disciples to overcome hindrances in their discipleship pursuit resulted from their brokenness. It is demonstrated through a study of Matthew that healing, together with teaching and proclaiming, is indeed an essential component of Jesus’ disciple-making ministry. Healing is a manifestation of the in breaking of the Kingdom of Heaven, and it covers every aspect of the human being including the spiritual, emotional and physical that intricately function together and affect each other. The goal of healing is not just the removal of pain or sickness but bringing disciples of Christ to maturity. The formational nature of worship, demonstrated by a historical study of the worship of the ancient church, makes it a great tool for disciple making ministry and thus also for healing. Healing worship that holistically engages its participants can serve as a great introduction of healing ministry to a congregation.
This project employs a three-year timeline, ending with the conduction of six monthly healing worship services as a pilot project in year 2017 using a worship program template built around the Service of the Word and the Holy Communion. Plans to train related ministry leaders and to assess the effectiveness of the pilot project are also included in this study.
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Yu, Alan C., "Healing Worship: A Critical Component of Disciple-Making Ministry at Westside Baptist Church, Vancouver" (2015). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 214.