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William Adams

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Living into an identity in Christ and serving others is in many ways counter to upper-class American culture. Raising boys in an affluent area to be Christ-like men presents a challenge. As adolescent boys seek their own identities in Christ, the men in these boys’ lives must coach them by exemplifying their own identities in Christ and call to be true men of God—to be servants of God with Christ.

While the American Mainline Church dwindles, the traditional PC(USA) church of Kirk in the Hills—located in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Michigan—is reversing trends. A recent self-study revealed that this is a large Millennial congregation and offers the ideal setting to train men in Christ to coach boys to be Christian men.

This doctoral project begins to respond to the challenges of raising boys living amidst affluence to have identities in Christ. The response rests in the men of Kirk in the Hills and its faith community. They must be positive mentors and role models who help guide boys to be men of God. However, if the men are going to take on this role, they will need to be fed and spiritually disciplined. They will have to be taught to serve as Jesus served and deeply learn that being a true man in Christ means being a servant to all.

This three-part discussion explores Kirk in the Hills as well as its community context. It biblically defines the process and practice of teaching men of the local church to be the servants of God that Christ calls them to be. Through a focused ministry strategy, the hope is that their “manly” example will inspire the younger generations of boys to serve God and others.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Clark, Chap

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adolescence, men, Detroit, PC(USA)




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