Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Paul Mark Simpson
discipleship, leadership, small group, mentor, apprentice
Shetter, Jerrold Scott, "Using Mentor/Apprentice Relationships in Discipleship Groups to Develop Missional Leaders in The Church of the Covenant" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3221.
The purpose of this project is to cultivate a disciple making leadership development strategy at The Church of the Covenant. It will use questionnaires and interviews to gain a knowledge of the depth of understanding the congregation has regarding discipleship, small groups, and leadership as well as gain an understanding regarding why small group ministries have never been able to grab a foothold at the church. A focus group will be gathered to preview the plan to create a culture of discipleship in the church as well as a mentor/apprentice format for developing new leaders in the group. The church considers itself a traditional church and is a member of a mainline denomination. Others who are attempting to start discipleship ministries and leadership strategies in denominational and traditional settings will be able to use this research alongside that coming from non-denominational sources to develop a unique form particular to their own ministry context.