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The Bold Love Initiative is a project developed to help shape disciples. Specifically, the initiative covers both spiritual formation and emotional growth and healing; the intersection of these two can be addressed within an environment of honesty, trust, and safety to develop courage in the hearts and souls of the participants. Bold Love will offer students the opportunity to discover their identity as God’s beloved children, grow in their understanding and ability to tell the story of God at work in their lives, and grow in gratitude and freedom as they reflect on God’s power and love at work in their healing.

The following project contains information on UPC, the context for the Bold Love Initiative pilot, as well as the theological and biblical foundations for the project. The project includes information on the theology of formation and healing and the importance of equipping saints to become disciples who make disciples, the first step of which is to have the capacity to understand and relate their own story of God at work in their life. Beyond this, the saints must be given tools and have the opportunity to practice using them in a safe environment so they can move out into their spheres of influence as winsome and effective ministers of the good news of Jesus Christ.

Content Reader: Richard Peace, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Peace, Richard

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University Presbyterian Church (Seattle, Wash.); Bold Love Initative (Seattle, Wash.); Discipling (Christianity); Spiritual formation; Church work


Missions and World Christianity


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