Author(s)

John FrankFollow

Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Rodney Dempsey

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Religion, Biblical Studies; Religion, Philosophy of

Keywords

Baptist Association, Cooperation, Kingdom

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | History of Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

Cooperation is a concept which many churches hold to as a basic belief, yet few incorporate into their ministry plan. With the exception of giving money toward a denominational budget, many churches operate totally independently of other churches. Believers in Jesus Christ can do more in a community as a unified body rather than as splintered groups with individual, and often self-serving, agendas. This thesis project draws together several years of observations and experiences of churches as they have joined together in unity and cooperation. A survey and interview process is used to gain insight and vision from churches and leaders from a variety of denominations. This project also focuses on the scriptural basis for cooperation among churches and unity among believers. The desired outcome is to develop a biblical model of church cooperation through which the churches within a local Baptist association may work together in cooperation and unity for the glory of God.