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This doctoral project proposes to establish a lay leadership mentoring initiative in the English Ministry of Davis Chinese Christian Church (DCCC) in Davis, California. The church looks back at a forty-year history to see a faithful generation that served the community. The church met the challenge to make disciples of those affiliated with the University of California, Davis just a block south of the church property. However, a leadership vacuum formed where the elder and deacon board recognizes the need to focus on nurturing the next generation of leaders. This project seeks to develop a pilot project to explore the effectiveness of leadership mentoring in the English Ministry of DCCC to meet the growing leadership needs felt by the church.

Through biblical and theological analysis of leadership training methods and succession, this project identifies a key means to cultivate leaders through mentored relationships among God’s people. These organic, intentional, and personal relationships create a fertile environment to nurture younger leaders. In particular, mentoring coaches, spiritual guides, and counselors meet the unique needs of next-generation, Asian- American leaders at DCCC. Relational mentoring also fits the context of the church as an ethnic Asian church that identifies strongly with the ecclesiological metaphors of the church as the family of God and the church as the Body of Christ.

The study concludes with a discussion on ministry practice, including an analysis of the goals, strategy, implementation, and evaluation of the mentoring pilot project. After recruitment and training, selected mentors identify and establish a mentoring relationship with one mentoree. Mentoring sessions focus on the personal and spiritual development of the mentoree as a disciple and leader in the church. After field testing, the project provides a plan to evaluate and make recommendations to further the mentoring ministry within the wider church context.

Content Reader: Robert E. Logan, DMin

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Doctor of Ministry

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Logan, Robert

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April 2018

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Davis Chinese Christian Church (Davis, Calif.); Christian leadership; Lay ministry; Chinese American churches; Asian American churches


Missions and World Christianity


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