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This doctoral project presents a formational process that develops disciples who may transform the congregation of Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles (hereafter, MBCLA) into a Kingdom-minded missional community of disciple small groups. The contents of this paper are organized into three parts.

The first part of this project takes a closer look at MBCLA, exposing some of the critical issues and problems behind this apparently healthy church. Analyses are given to the Evangelical faith tradition, looking into the positive and negative effects upon various ministries, such as Christian education, mission, and local evangelism. Some understood practices are carefully examined to expose the blind spots in our approach to ministries.

The second part of this project consists of two chapters. The first chapter reviews the literature that provides the important resources of the theoretical and theological foundation that give rise to the basic concepts of the proposed process. The second chapter synthesizes the theology and biblical foundations that give rise to the meaning, purpose, motivation, and practices of the disciple-formation process.

The first chapter of Part Three focuses on applying the theological conclusions from Part Two to derive the goal, contents, and missional small group model of the proposed process. The next chapter presents the implementation plan for this process at MBCLA. The plan includes proposing an applicable infrastructure, setting up pilot projects, providing various levels of training, and designing an assessment method to track personal and communal progress. MBCLA has launched a discipleship campaign in 2010, which is gradually taking shape into this proposed form.

Content Reader: Dr. Jonathan C. Wu

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Wu, Jonathan C.

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Mandarin Baptist Church (Lost Angeles, Calif.); Missional church movement; Discipling (Christianity); Small groups; Church group work


Missions and World Christianity


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