School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Dan L. Burrell, Rod W. Dempsey
Biblical, Church, Community, Group, Small, Theology
Biblical Studies | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion
Barr, Shawn, "Biblical Principles of Small Group Ministry" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1177.
Small group ministry models abound today, and so do the materials that provide the methodology for these models. However, there seems to be a dearth of resources that connect the methods with a theological foundation. This project will demonstrate the need for examining small groups from a theological aspect, and then examine the principles of biblical community as found in Scripture. These principles will then be measured through surveys of at least fifty participants in small group settings from several churches, including the churches where the author was the small group pastor for the last seven years and where he is currently the Senior Pastor. The results will be used to demonstrate the application of biblical principles in small groups. These insights can be utilized to develop a healthy small group ministry that can be applied across a variety of ministry settings.