Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
The doctrine of Sufficiency, discipleship, Biblical fidelity, scriptural accuracy, scriptural understanding
Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Sleeth, Thomas Glenn, "The Erosion of Theological Understanding" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3132.
Many Christian churches have been experiencing declines in attendance at Sunday services, Bible studies, and prayer meetings, and have experienced the affects of an apathetic attitude toward Christian community engagement. The lack of teaching scripturally accurate Biblical doctrine and applying scripture to daily life has led to a sharp decrease in discipleship. By examining the attitudes and reasons contributing to this lack of Christian participation and scriptural understanding, pastors and other church leadership can address the specific rationales for not living the scripture in daily life. Through the advent of a discipleship program an increase for the desire of congregants and ecclesiastical hierarchy to become more dedicated disciples for Jesus Christ may occur. The research method employed includes the administration of a pre questionnaire, the presentation of a complete discipleship program, followed by a post questionnaire to measure Biblical knowledge specifically focused on The Great Commission and the doctrine of sufficiency. This project will influence stakeholders, including parishioners, ecclesiastical hierarchy, pastors, ministry leaders, parents, youth, and the entirety of the Christian community as it strives seek Christian education and apply a scripturally accurate approach to every aspect of daily life.