Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Discipleship, D-group, small group
Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Shields, Joshuah Tyler, "The Impact of D-groups on the Spiritual Health of Church Membership at FBC Barbourville, KY" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3205.
For years, First Baptist Church in Barbourville, Kentucky, has been in steady decline. Additionally, there is no personal discipleship program in the church. This project addresses the problem by studying the impact of D-groups on the spiritual health of the membership of the church. Participants in this project completed a spiritual health assessment during the first week of study. The same assessment was retaken after six weeks, and the results of both assessments were compared. Participants who were part of a D-group performed higher on the second assessment when compared to a control group which did not participate in D-group activities. The results of this study show that D-groups could be an effective discipleship tool for the membership of First Baptist Church. The potential exists for D-groups to be effective on a larger scale or in a variety of church settings.