Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Jason Mitchell


Community, Reciprocal Community, Unity, Togetherness, Fellowship, Jackson Baptist Church, Small Groups, Discipleship, Church Involvement


Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion


Jackson Baptist Church lacks reciprocal community amongst its regular attendees and visitors. The focus is on the large group gathering on Sundays which has developed a consumer-based culture within the church. In both the Old and New Testaments, there are examples of reciprocal community. Acts 2:44(NASB) it states, “And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common.” The church in the first century developed an active reciprocal community. Strategies laid out in scripture and church history can assist building community. This project by taking those strategies will conduct an awareness campaign at Jackson Baptist on reciprocal community. This will be done through a pre-test of fifty questions to be taken prior to a class on community. Following the class, the same survey will be filled out again to gauge if the class had a direct effect on the responses from the participants. The data collected will be analyzed using the Paired-T Test. Using the Paired-T Test an average mean will be discovered to show if the course had a direct effect on the responses and it was not by chance. Following the results, the purpose of the research is to begin developing reciprocal community within Jackson Baptist Church.