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Pui Bak Chua

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Building upon theology; scriptural principles; and religious, cultural, and social studies, this doctoral project aims to implement a discipleship process utilizing the modified Twelve Steps concept (N12) for Niihama Gospel Christ Church (NGCC) and Japanese Christians. In mutually caring closed groups and in God’s presence where participants encounter the Scriptures and their need to live a witnessing life, N12 aims for eventual habit change, ministry empowerment, and development of Christlikeness translated into culturally-relevant witnessing.

Part One will begin by describing the general trend of decline in both the community and church contexts. It will also form the introductory portion of the N12 group agenda. It addresses the obstacles for growth and the needs for theological, foundational, and leadership changes.

Part Two will engage the relevant resources for a theological foundation in light of the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in the world—His sanctifying and empowering works in the church for ministry partnership. It includes an exegesis on biblical righteousness for a holistic view of God, of His image-bearers, and of the world He is passionate about. It is hopeful that this corrective view by itself will liberate and transform the N12 participants.

Part Three will explore the applications of the above theological findings and decipher them in the N12 group. The structure and content for the pilot project will be elaborated; the roles of facilitators and the participating community explained; the timeline, the various group dynamics and the use of testimonials briefed. Assessment for modification, enhancement, and future recruitment will also be discussed.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Pentecostals, Holy Spirit, Discipleship, Japan, Missions, Niihama Gospel Christ Church (NGCC)


Practical Theology


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