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The purpose of this project is to explore homiletical approaches to establish a sermon style that speaks to everyone at Grace Covenant Church (GCC), as multicultural congregation in the San Diego area that houses a diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and language context. This endeavor seeks to allow the good news of Christ to be expressed in fresh ways for disciples who have been walking with the Lord for many years as well as for new believers with little knowledge of Scripture, and those that are “unchurched” in order to create a culture of learning foundational biblical knowledge. This project is divided into three sections.

Part One describes the Spring Valley community and GCC. It explores the historical background and sociodemographic and cultural contexts of both. The discussion pays special attention to the missional purpose of Grace Covenant Church and competing sociodemographic, cultural, and generational factors, with special emphasis on Latinos.

Part Two examines theological principles for preaching as well as experimental styles of expounding the Word in effective ways that lead people into active and ever deepening relationship with God. These have been selected for use during the three-month preaching period. They will guide an overall examination of styles used in preaching.

Part Three presents academic and practical conclusions. Included are the sermon summaries and outlines, suggestions of the feedback team, and evaluations of specific homiletical styles. The project concludes with an assessment of what was learned and describes key findings, so other pastors in multicultural situations can benefit.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Martinez, Juan F.

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Preaching, Grace Covenant Church (GCC), Multiculturalism, Multicultural congregation, Latino


Liturgy and Worship | Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology


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