Primary Subject Area
The Public Invitation, Altar Call, Baptisms, Discipleship, Pastoral Theology
Foster, Richard N., "The Great Invitation: A Call to Discipleship" (2007). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 28.
Christian and secular sources alike site a recent decline in baptisms in the evangelical church. By receiving one hundred and fifty surveys from pastors, this dissertation project examines the cause for this alarming trend and recommends a solution which entails discipling the pastor within a Christian community. This project proposes a model for Bible colleges and seminaries to train the pastor by facilitating five key relationships that will enhance his fellowship with Christ and encourage his desire to carry out the Great Commission. The objective of this project is to reverse the current decline in baptisms.