Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
academic progress, accountability, mentoring, small group ministry, spiritual growth
Other Education | Practical Theology | Religion
Jernigan, Ralph W., "Can A Christian College Student Please God? Spiritual Growth and Its Relationship to Small Group Involvement, Accountability and Academic Progress" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1013.
In order to please God, a Christian college student should be committed to spiritual growth, accountability, as well as doing one's best academically. This project will examine the association between these three areas. Academic success will be measured among College Learning Strategies students using their pre-class and post-class grade point averages. A pre- and post-class survey will be administered to students in order to measure spiritual growth. Spiritual growth will be compared to a student's involvement in some type of accountability. The finding of a correlation between spiritual growth and accountability and/or spiritual growth and academic achievement would lead to an increased emphasis on spiritual growth in academic classes. Such findings would also suggest the need for increased emphasis on providing small group or other mentoring opportunities for students. Leading students to small group involvement may lead to greater academic success but also to an increased retention rate.