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The goal of this project is to develop a plan that engages leaders at Beaverton Foursquare Church in the learning and practice of spiritual disciplines to help them cultivate Christlike character in order to grow as a leader to influence people for God’s purposes. A group of leaders will be selected to pilot the training first. Then a broader group of church leaders will be trained by initial project participants.
Beaverton Foursquare is a large, Spirit-filled congregation located in the heart of Beaverton, Oregon. The postmodern culture of Portland has influenced Beaverton to be a more relaxed and non-committal religious environment. In this challenging spiritual environment, Christians often choose an easier road rather than follow Christ and demonstrate Christlike character.
Part One of this paper will examine the local community surrounding Beaverton Foursquare. Special attention will be given to the open and relaxed cultural environment of Beaverton/Portland, where embracing Christian faith is countercultural. This section will explore the history of the Foursquare Church and the need for spiritual development in both young and older adults.
Part Two will explore the biblical understanding of spiritual formation by establishing relevant theological foundations. With assistance from Dallas Willard, this section will emphasize spiritual formation as taking up the yoke of Jesus, which involves both a well-informed human effort of spiritual practices and God’s grace. It will conclude with specific spiritual practices that inform the ministry strategy.
Part Three will focus on creating a theologically supported pilot project with Mosaic Ministry, a multicultural, international fellowship within Beaverton Foursquare Church. This pilot project will be offered to the leaders of Mosaic Ministry first and then to other Beaverton leaders as part of spiritual formation for leadership development. This section will detail the structure, timeline, and assessment tools required to develop this new ministry initiative.
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Shim, Janet, "Engaging Leaders in Spiritual Formation at Beaverton Foursquare Church in Portland, Oregon" (2016). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 230.