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The goal of this ministry focus paper is to present a strategy that helps develop, retain, and sustain home fellowship leaders at Horizon Christian Fellowship by means of a personal development plan through a coaching relationship. It is argued that the strategy presented could lead to an increase in the retention of small group leaders, thus strengthening the home fellowship system. This plan was tested in the home fellowship system at Horizon Christian Fellowship (hereafter, Horizon) in San Diego, California.

An analysis of the home fellowship system revealed a consistent loss of home fellowship leaders at Horizon. One reason for this loss is due to the lack of personal development in the leaders’ lives. An examination of the Scriptures reveals that moral purity and strength development are a vital part of the leadership position. Consequently, for the leaders in the home fellowship system, personal development should be a high priority.

It is believed that through the utilization of a personal development plan through a coaching relationship, there will be a greater retention of home fellowship leaders. To test this hypothesis, a class was initiated at Horizon. The class served two purposes: to instruct leaders in the area of moral purity and strength development and to give the leaders the opportunity to learn the art of coaching in triads. The class was given at Horizon and met with some measure of success; however, due to time constraints the results of this strategy were limited. Additional training is already planned for the small group leaders towards the achievement of this goal.

Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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March 2018

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Horizon Christian Fellowship (San Diego, Calif.); Christian leadership; Lay ministry; Small groups; Spiritual formation; Mentoring in church work


Missions and World Christianity


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