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Publication Date

2016

Abstract

The goal of this study was to explore development and reproduction of missional small groups by concentrating on leadership. Using a template created by Dr. Robert Logan, leadership for the missional small groups will identify, recruit, and equip apprentice leaders. Through this template Valley Fellowship Church will become missional and this will lead to a revitalization of the church and the community.

Valley Fellowship is in the community of Rialto, in a section that does not reflect the church. The congregation is mostly African American while the community which surrounds it is mostly Hispanic. The challenge is how to minister in a community that does not reflect the congregation. The first part of the project deals with the context of the church and how it can minister to its community. The second part delves into the biblical foundations of what it means to be missional by studying the theology of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and how the black church looks at mission. There is also a biblical study of missio Dei, which is incarnational in its approach. The third part shows the goals and strategies of being a missional church.

Changing Valley Fellowship to a missional outlook will be time consuming. To change the culture from its current attractional mode will involve recruiting people who believe in being incarnational. These will also be people who have influence with individuals in their communities. After identifying people to lead the missional small groups, next will be to show them the benefits of leading and how to proceed, and how to find apprentices who can walk along with them in this process. Reproduction will occur when there is multiplication of the groups.

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

First Advisor

Logan, Robert

Document Type

Project

Language

English

Keywords

Missional, Small Groups, Leadership, Adventist

Disciplines

Christianity

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