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The purpose of this ministry focus paper is to develop a preaching strategy that introduces congregants from Whittier Area Community Church to the Church’s true missional identity in order that they might develop missional practices in their everyday lives. This preaching strategy will be rooted in the mission of God, as seen most clearly in Jesus, and it will be evaluated by the pastors who will be assigned to preach these messages.
Whittier Area Community Church is a suburban megachurch whose program- driven approach to ministry has limited their reach with the gospel to only those individuals who come to their church campus. Part One of the paper will examine the community surrounding Whittier Area Community Church, the unique character of the church’s ministry, and its current shot-gun approach to discipleship. This section will then explore the climate at the church which seems open for a missional shift.
Part Two of the paper will engage the critical, biblical and theological foundations for the missional transformation in a local church. First, an examination of Christian mission and key concepts of incarnation will be highlighted. Part Two will then analyze the reasons for the loss of incarnation in the Baptist tradition and the negative impact it has had on discipleship. Lastly, attention will be given to the transformational role of preaching in Jesus’ mission.
Part Three will focus on creating a preaching strategy, undergirded by the theological data, which sparks the missional imagination of the church. The creation of an ecclesiology built on the mission of God and illustrated through the stories of ordinary Christ followers will allow congregants to recognize that a missional lifestyle is possible. An evaluation by the pastors who will communicate the sermons will allow the preaching strategy to be evaluated before presenting it to the congregation at large.
Doctor of Ministry
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Riley, John, "The Missional Metamorphosis of Whittier Area Community Church" (2018). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 340.