Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Adversity, Church, Discipleship, Growth, Leadership, Ministry
Christianity | Practical Theology
Payne, Christopher, "An Investigation of Adversity in Christian Living and Proposal for Discipleship Response" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 980.
With numerous ministries teaching a cultural gospel comprised of prosperity and pleasure, people have the impression that a saving faith limits personal hardships. Jesus taught his disciples the truth about hardship and how to struggle well and the Church is called to do likewise. This thesis will present five key biblical truths to equip Christians for growing their faith through personal struggle. Moreover, the project will give leaders a guide for discipling hurting church members. The author will research current and historical discipleship materials and models, examine current teachings on faith and struggle, explore relevant biblical teachings, and survey fifty local church leaders to gauge how their faith has grown through adversity, and the discipleship methods they employ to help others to do the same. This thesis will investigate the role of adversity in Christian living and present a proposal for a discipleship response.