Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Frank J. Schmitt
Primary Subject Area
Religion, Clergy; Religion, General; Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
This project focuses on using a discipleship program for new church plants in Thailand. This is one way to help accomplish world evangelization. This author's experience in Thailand has been under the ministry of Global Partners (GP) and his ministry includes both church planting and campus ministry.
The author develops an indigenous discipleship model for missionaries and the Thai church leaders to use based on the surveys and interviews. A successful mission program depends on training faithful and powerful native leaders.
Discipleship Training through effective and Biblical methods is the best way to shift the Thai Christian's paradigm which is so strongly affected by Buddhism. Discipleship programs from Western countries should be contextualized to the Thai situation, without losing the focus of a changed life. Nurturing and evangelization should go side by side.