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This project devises a strategy requiring leadership commitment, supported by an operating style that inspires trust, obedience, and hope to sustain a disciple development culture at Antioch Church of God in Christ Church in Peoria, Arizona. The theological foundation of the study was Jesus’ mandate (Mt 28:18-20) and the spiritual maturation process (Rom 12:1-2). An improvement opportunity was identified in aligning the ministry culture to the theological practice supporting disciple development. Challenges associated with the community’s perception of the Pentecostal reformation were examined contextually. An original grace-based conceptual model was used for a senior leader’s retreat in Flagstaff, Arizona to facilitate the transformation of Antioch’s missional culture. Feedback from the twelve participant leaders confirmed the need for a ministry culture designed to support the transition from volunteer to servant. The standard of spiritual growth Paul the Apostle described in Rom 12:1-2 provides a foundational guide for the developing disciples. The theological reflections emphasized the importance of biblically sound strategic and grace-based thinking models to conceptualize the spiritual formation process. This approach provided a practical means to guide, inform, focus, and renew missional efforts into a plan with intentionality. The functional basis of the plan is God’s promise, purpose, and plan of salvation. Ministry practices supporting the transformation culture included preparation, prioritization, and future projections to enhance sustainability. As an illustration, the disciple development model represents the system, whereas, hyperlinking the components or biblical concepts to individual lesson plans reflects practical learning applications. The project confirms the importance of a disciple development strategy that enhances spiritual development and a mission-minded culture. Further, active engagement among leaders in edifying and equipping new converts is a critical process element. On a larger scale, churches in the Pentecostal reformation would benefit from this systemic approach.
Doctor of Ministry
Rowland, Randolph L.
Mission, Great Commission, Transformation, Discipleship
Missions and World Christianity
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Logan, Jonathan E., "A Disciple Development Strategic Design for a Mission-Minded Ministry in a Post-Modern Era" (2019). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 371.