Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Family, Faith, Church, Dysfunctional Behavior, Divine, Institutional
Christianity | Counseling
Toliver, Terrence Lyne, "Fidelity in Institutional Structure: Divine Family Formation and the Variance of Church amid Dysfunctional Behavior" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3047.
There has been a rift in the providential establishment of our Lord. Humanity is indulgent unto sin and the family is suffering. Disobedience and selfishness have blinded humankind into a false sense of reality. The fallacy has taken the place of divine order in the chosen avenues into humanism depicted as science, technology, philosophy, cultism, and any other route devoid of Christ. Therefore, this in-depth study seeks to dispel or to bring to light a revelation of where humanity rests in the grand scheme of contemporary life. Two notions of preponderance present themselves, to forgo selfishness and to embrace righteousness. Can moral and ethical reasoning be found to garner humanity’s attention from wickedness (2 Chr7:14)? Can faith, surrender, and trust become an intentional condition unto humility (Prov 3:5-6)? A benefit in the establishment by Christ is the church (Prov27:17). What are key practices local churches can engage in to help families be strengthened in faith to overcome dysfunctional behaviors? The crux of this research endeavors to discover how faithfulness in home life, via devotions, can be experienced. It will particularly consider how participation in small group practices can affect this. The promotion of health will allow for cohesive bonding, a means to address detailed concerns and to draw closer within the community. These practical means prove to be supported through divine inspiration. Jesus Christ is the ultimate answer for humanity’s embattlement with sin as he is the way unto salvation (John 14:6).