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Brian Birkett

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The purpose of this study is to review the formation of disciples at CityLife Church through the Pastoral Care department and other related ministries. The thesis is that CityLife congregants can become emotionally healthier disciples through the ministry of pastoral care‟s focus on authenticity, transparency and acceptance in relationships.

An examination of CityLife‟s pastoral practices and related ministries through surveys, visits, and other reviews revealed potential areas of improvement. Key scriptures and literature provided understandings for the development of healthier disciples.

The views and examination revealed three best practices for developing emotionally healthy disciples: maximize authenticity, increase transparency, and genuine acceptance of others. As these practices are implemented, the author of this paper expects the development of an acceptance culture and emotionally healthy disciples that causes increased realization of CityLife‟s mission.

Chapter 1 describes the ministry context of CityLife church and its history and focus on mission, vision, values, and Pentecostal roots. Chapter 2 provides information about the church‟s discipleship development program, link with Waverley Christian College, and discipleship growth efforts. Chapters 3 and 4 present the biblical and theological foundations for the plan to develop emotionally healthier disciples and a theology of pastoral care. Chapters 5 and 6 describe the action plan and report results of the intervention.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Balswick, Jack

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Citylife Church (Melbourne, Vic.); Emotions; Christians; Christian life


Missions and World Christianity


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