Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Danny Allen


Discipleship, Leadership Development, Apprenticeship, Servant, Character


Leadership Studies


The leadership of City Church Marietta has identified the need to create a leadership development process for adult volunteers. This is due primarily to the fact that the church does not currently possess a process that would accomplish this. In addition, there is a lack of understanding amongst the majority of the current volunteer leaders concerning what it means to be an apprentice of Jesus. The research will emphasize the the fact that apprenticeship and leadership are best understood when examined side by side. This research will propose a leadership journey, The Way of Jesus, as the remedy to this hole in the leadership development processes within City Church Marietta. This four month journey will be offered to current volunteer leaders. Leaders will be surveyed as they begin the process, as well as when they conclude it. A reflective journal of each of the weekly meetings will also be collected. The Way of Jesus will seek to provide a comprehensive approach to apprenticeship as leadership. This journey will be examined for its usefulness and success in achieving the desired outcome of maturing adult leaders who live and love like Jesus. These adult leaders should also possess the ability to produce other leaders who seek to do the same at the conclusion of this process.