Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Gustavo Suarez


Evangelism, Discipleship, Church Growth, Church Planting, Action-oriented, Small Group, Systematic, Training


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


The Lighthouse Free Methodist Church in Barryton, Michigan, lacks a systematic discipleship program that produces disciple-makers. This Doctor of Ministry project purposes to integrate a systematic discipleship program into the Lighthouse Free Methodist Church. The research methodology includes pre-and post-surveys and interviews. Pre- and post-survey data were collected to compare the number of disciplers, salvations, worship attenders, and the number of new systematic evangelistic discipleship groups. Six People participated in the training provided. The Lighthouse FMC is located near a small community of three-hundred people and is in the middle of a ten-mile circumference with thirty thousand. Thirteen people started to attend Worship services during and just after the completion of the project. One adult salvation was reported, which matched all the adult salvations reported in both 2017 and 2019. The six participants made eight new contacts and began to disciple six other people during the eight-week project. The project participants learned how to engage people in spiritual conversations, pray at the moment people present a need, lead an inductive Bible study, set goals, work lead behaviors, lead people in a prayer of salvation, and engage in systematic evangelistic discipleship.