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The purpose of this ministry focus paper is to implement a strategy for the development of personal spiritual transformation traits among parish members of The Way Christian Fellowship in Vista, California through preaching, utilizing the traditional church year, and the common lectionary. The paper will contain three major sections. The first section of the project will address the cultural landscape, profile, and analysis of the Vista area and The Way Christian Fellowship (hereafter, The Way), which is affiliated with the Anglican Mission. The Way is a new church plant that is liturgical, sacramental, evangelical, and charismatic. The parish is also intentional in developing the church around spiritual practices instead of church programs. The first section of the paper will offer a broad summary of the parish and its Anglican ethos, describing the church’s people, its diocese, and its history, including its contemporary values and beliefs.

The second section will develop the critical biblical and theological assumptions for the development of Christlike character. The conclusions drawn from the theological reflections based on the literature review will weave the three components of character formation, lectionary utilization, and preaching into an integrated whole in developing a strategy for The Way.

The concluding section will address the strategic role of the rector as the chief liturgical servant leader and primary pastor-teacher of the parish concerning the communication and transference in word and deed of Christlike character. Utilizing the lectionary as a model for preaching, this section will identify themes concerning the specific text used through the church year that will assist the rector in identifying practical life applications for his or her parishioners.

Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Way Christian Fellowship (Vista, Calif.); Episcopal preaching (Episcopal Church); Lectionary preaching; Spiritual formation; Episcopal Church


Missions and World Christianity


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