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The goal of this project is to equip the adults at Wellspring Church to be Goddependent and community-connected disciples who are a faithful presence of God in a secular context. It is carried out at Wellspring Church in Pacific Grove, California, and it uses Charles Taylor’s understanding of secularism as the primary framework for reflection.

The theological reflection section provides biblical insight into secularism in the West. It highlights the biblical narrative’s focus on a transcendent God breaking into and dwelling within the immanent frame as well as how the biblical focus on an everlasting kingdom undermines the “YOLO” (You only live once) of the immanent frame. It also underlines the New Testament focus on community as well as the relationship between authentic expression and community in the letters of Paul. This section also notes the church’s call to be a faithful presence in the world as well as makes the case that the cross-pressures of secularism provide an opportunity for Christian witness.

The manual design section of this project shifts in a more applied direction. It outlines the theological goals of the training manual, the desired learning outcomes, and the target population of the ministry initiative. It also explains the process of implementation and assessment of the manual at Wellspring Church in Pacific Grove, California.

Content Read: Tony Jones, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Jones, Tony

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Wellspring Church; Pacific Grove, California; California; Disciples; Discipling (Christianity); Discipling; Secularism; Evangelistic work; Communities; Community


Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology


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