Author(s)

Steven WeemsFollow

Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charles Davidson

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Sociology, General; Education, Religious

Keywords

Discipleship, Lay Leaders, Small Groups

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Education | Practical Theology | Religion | Sociology

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to assist small to medium sized churches in their efforts to enlist, train, and motivate lay leadership within their church. This project is designed to help these churches achieve four specific goals; One, come to a biblical understanding of lay leadership. Two, learn how to identify and enlist the right people into spiritual leadership. Three, train those leaders for specific leadership roles within the church. Four, to keep these lay leaders motivated to achieve their set goals within their specific ministry. One of the primary responsibilities of a pastoral staff is the spiritual health and development of their church through an effective discipleship system such as small groups and Sunday School classes. Therefore, personal interviews will be conducted with multiple pastors that have found both success and failure within the context of enlisting, training, and motivating lay leaders.

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