School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Theology; Religion, General; Religion, Biblical Studies; Religion, Philosophy of; American Studies
Biblical Studies | Christianity | History of Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Brown, Mark R., "By This They Will Know: Discipleship Principles to Transform the Church" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 596.
Current research indicates that ninety-five million individuals in America do not attend church. Nearly forty percent, of this group, have a negative impression of Christianity. The purpose of this project is to study the forces that that are transforming the American culture, and the dynamics that are perpetuating a bad image of Christianity. The author will evaluate the current state of spiritual formation in the Christian community, and make recommendations for developing an effective discipleship strategy for the church. The impetus for this paper is the Great commission issued by Jesus as recorded in Matthew 28:19. The paper will incorporate historical data, current research, surveys, and evaluations of churches that have developed successful discipleship programs.