School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Allen D. England, Benjamin A. Forrest


Church Development, Discipleship, Leadership, Training


Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


This thesis project examines the nature of leadership development relating to an organization known as the local body of Christian believers. This study reveals that the average believer lacks confidence in his or her ability to clearly define what it means to be a Christian, what is required of a believer in the areas of discipleship and leadership, and how to be a disciple maker. Pursuant to completion of this thesis project, the pastor will progressively develop each member of the local body of believers at Woodland Trails Baptist Church into servant leaders who make disciples. The questionnaire results of 40 Southern Baptist church members of varying ages and levels of Christian maturity supports the need for developing a leadership infrastructure, a shared vision, and the execution of a detailed plan in order to implement a comprehensive program for leadership development.