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As Western urban centers continue to secularize, religion increasingly finds itself relegated to the realm of private opinion. Religious beliefs are rendered largely inadmissible in the public sphere of shared truth. As a result, the Christian gospel increasingly tends to be heard as a statement of personal preference rather than the proclamation of a public truth available to all.
While the culture has shifted, the American evangelical church has continued to approach discipleship largely in terms of beliefs, practices and morals—the very things the culture regards as a matter of personal preference. This essentially privatized approach to discipleship assimilates well into our culture, but it struggles to reflect the public nature of the gospel. The American evangelical church is in need of an approach to discipleship that does not concede to these cultural categories.
This doctoral project introduces a framework for discipleship that will address this specific challenge at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. It will propose an intentionally public approach to discipleship by beginning not with religious beliefs, practices or morals, but with day-to-day realities encountered in our shared spheres of life—both public and private. It seeks to enter into the real issues of these spheres in which all people are engaged with the goal of forming them to live with Christian distinctiveness in every sphere of life. In the interest if space, this project will highlight one sphere—the sphere of Neighborhood and Justice.
Doctor of Ministry
culture, discipleship, gospel, church, formation, neighborhood, justice
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Cho, Abraham, "Public Discipleship: Forming Disciples for the Sphere of Neighborhood and Justice" (2017). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 300.