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This project aimed to design and implement a discipleship strategy of short-term training and longer-term communities of mission for cultural renewal among the students and parents of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. The goal was to equip and empower them to be the faithful presence of Jesus’ love in the various cultural spheres of their ordinary lives. This study begins by examining the unique context of Signal Pres through its geographic and demographic location, cultural situation, and leadership challenges in considering its mission and methods.

The core reflections of the project work through culture, Scripture, and theology to draw four conclusions. First, it argues for retelling the full biblical story of salvation for creation and culture. Second, it recovers the church’s ancient-future position of “voluntary exile” and its posture of “faithful presence” within the world. Third, it examines the need for renewing habits to shape gestures of worship and mission. Fourth, it recommends revising church structures for training and sending to serve in the world.

The ministry project itself was led and implemented by a Core Team from Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, TN, from summer 2017 to summer 2018. They created and designed a course of discipleship that practiced those conclusions and equipped participants to scatter and form smaller communities of mission for faithful presence in a particular domain. Though participants completed the course, they did not then serve together and grow into a community of mission. Significant adaptation may be necessary for future efforts.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Culture, Missions, Discipleship, Christian leadership, Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church


Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology


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