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The goal of this project is to create a twelve-week discipleship curriculum for the multiethnic urban setting of Christ City Church, Washington, DC, as a way of introducing congregants to the spiritual journey and to some of the individual and communal spiritual practices that will help cultivate spiritual transformation and growth in the character of Christ.

Christ City Church is a congregation located in the heart of Washington, DC. It is a young church, both in terms of the age of the congregation and in terms of the age of the congregants. Sunday gatherings are held at a local public school, located at a meeting point of neighborhoods, backgrounds, races and ethnicities, and socioeconomic classes, and the church seeks to reflect that same diversity, not just as a visibly multiethnic community but as a multicultural and multiclass one in the midst of the multitude of pressures of an urban environment.

One of the challenges of being a young church in a transient urban environment in the twenty-first century is that of spiritual formation. Not only are we faced with a simplistic, culturally-inherited understanding of the spiritual journey that ends—rather than begins—when a person chooses to become a follower of Jesus, but also with the individualism of American evangelical spirituality. The purpose of this project is to create a curriculum that will introduce (and re-introduce) the church to the individual and communal spiritual practices that Christians have used for centuries in order to help them not just identify as followers of Jesus but to grow in the character of Christ and to become more like Jesus, and to do so in a way that is sensitive to the ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and otherwise diverse backgrounds of the people who make up our church.

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Doctor of Ministry

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Peace, Richard

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spiritual formation, discipleship, multiethnic, urban, church


Christianity | Practical Theology


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