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The purpose of this doctoral project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a podcast for the community of First Presbyterian Church Glen Ellyn as a component of disciple equipping, so that the congregation will be able to overcome some of the barriers that preclude participation in traditional ministry formats. An effective congregational podcast will drive its listeners to deeper participation in the life of the Christian community and personal spiritual disciplines. An ineffective congregational podcast will be either ignored by the congregation or will further a consumer mindset where listening to the podcast is a substitute for active participation in the community of Christ. This podcast curriculum was tested in the setting of the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Through a literature review of relevant classic and contemporary works, this study makes the case that contextualization is a key component of gospel ministry and that a new kind of ministry contextualization needs to occur in the church in order to adjust to changing cultural realities presented by technological habituation and the growing prevalence of handheld devices as basic parts of daily life.

This study outlines the elements of a podcast curriculum that are most fitting to the podcast medium and designed to catalyze participation in personal spiritual disciples, commitment to the Christian community, and transformative understandings of the self, the church, and the journey of discipleship.

The conclusions of the study indicate that a podcast can be an extremely effective tool for overcoming some of the barriers of ministry participation present in the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, is able to catalyze further action steps in spiritual disciplines and has significant potential to find a broad listening audience in the congregation.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Discipleship, First Presbyterian Church, Spiritual formation, Discipling


Practical Theology


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