Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Gary Graves


Theology, Apologetics, Evangelism, Mission, Church, Post-Modern


Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


The problem is that Christ Community Church does not see itself as a ‘sent community.’ A ‘sent community’ is one where purpose and forward movement in Kingdom work is embraced. A church must seek to involve itself in the community, delve into the needs, and speak to the emptiness with the Gospel of Jesus. The purpose of this project is to establish Christ Community Church as a ‘sent community’ by offering a sustentative engagement program which will: 1) describe the mission of Jesus; 2) assess the culture in which the church is situated; 3) answer six frequently asked theological questions; 4) grasp the importance of faith, hope, and love; and 5) equip the people with a greater understanding of the Gospel. This twelve session engagement program will equip the congregation with the necessary tools so they can move forward in this task of being ‘sent.’ The research methods will employ a triangulation of survey, questionnaire, and interview. They will assist in gathering data about why the church, and even further, Christianity, has had less appeal and impact and why people in the church are hesitant to engage the culture. Christ Community Church, West Chester, PA is a contemporary, non-denominational Christian church situated in the Philadelphia suburbs which currently averages 1100 in attendance on a Sunday morning. It is the intent of this project to offer an engagement program in which churches might discover theological truths, cultural awareness, and practical methods to engage the culture with the Good News of Christ.