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The purpose of this project is to equip the leaders of the Kairos congregation at Brentwood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee to utilize a spiritual diagnostic tool in small group settings to name the lies keeping them from maturing in Christ. Having experienced catalytic growth in its early years, the Kairos staff must adapt to the increasing pastoral and discipleship needs of young adults. Without a leadership pipeline to equip and train leaders to address the unique needs of young adults, small groups have struggled to develop a strategic approach to spiritual formation for leaders other than lecture environments. The spiritual diagnostic tool presented will be used to equip Kairos leaders to identify the source of and the healing for their primary temptations. Doing so will enable them to see and lead others where God wants to develop their character and release their unique kingdom contributions.

Part One examines the cultural, denominational, and geographical influences that led to the catalytic growth of Kairos. The stability and liability of leadership, resources, and practices will be discussed as well as how they contributed to the current deficit of maturity among its leaders. Part Two presents a biblical explanation for the primary temptations that all people face. A synthesis from theological thinkers and practitioners informs the categorization of the primary temptations. Direction from biblical and theological thinkers demonstrates how leaders can access the transformative power of Christ to experience spiritual maturity. Part Three covers the implementation of a reproducible spiritual diagnostic tool for leaders. The digital training manual is presented and evaluated both on its content and in the context that it was presented to the leaders.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Dr. Randy L. Rowland

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Spiritual formation, Young adults, Millennials, Discipleship, Temptation, Leadership, Sin


Biblical Studies | Christianity | Counseling | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Leadership Studies | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Practical Theology | Speech and Rhetorical Studies


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