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The goal of this project was a plan for changing Auburn Presbyterian Church of Auburn, California into a congregation that makes disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ. Disciple-making is Goal One in a Second Phase of this church’s life, and is complemented by three other Goals to lift the church to a greater faithfulness to the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).

The history of the congregation from its initial gatherings in 1987 is reviewed, with emphasis on the values embodied in its Phase One. Discernment of a new Phase Two is described – a new Vision, Values and Four Goals for its ministries. Biblical and theological foundations for disciple-making are set out. Initial actions to implement disciple-making in and beyond the church are described, with plans to integrate disciple- making into a healthy congregational life that looks beyond its own members to community needs and even founding an additional congregation. Projections of additional actions and a timeline are included, as well as standards for measuring success – to and beyond the day the founding pastor retires and new leadership is sought.

Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, DMin

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Auburn Presbyterian Church (Auburn, Calif.); Discipling (Christianity); Spiritual formation; Presbyterian Church


Missions and World Christianity


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