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Fall 12-1-2017


The purpose of the project is to develop a thirty-day spiritual formation program for the men of San Marcos Community Church in Central Texas. The program begins with an overnight retreat followed by four weekly meetings and daily spiritual practices. The goal is to give the men spiritual tools for accessing a deeper relationship with God.

This paper is presented in three parts. Part One examines the ministry context of San Marcos Community Church. It describes the cultural and demographic composition of both the town of San Marcos and the church. An overview of the need for this project is provided as well.

Part Two establishes the theological and biblical foundations relevant to the development of spiritual formation. The person and work of the Holy Spirit are foundational and are investigated through the theological writings of several authors. A description of how the Spirit operates through the disciplines is discussed, and theological reflection regarding divine encounter is explored as a theological base.

Part Three discusses the thirty-day program, designed to increase spiritual vitality among the men at the church. During this time the men will experience the practices of Lectio Divina, Journaling, the Prayer of Examen, and small group accountability. The men will be required to engage these practices during the program with the hope that they will adjust their lives and incorporate them permanently.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

First Advisor

Rowland, Randy

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spiritual formation program, men, retreat, spiritual practices




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