Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Discipleship, Great Commission, Moral Relativism, Post-Postmodernism, Intentional Discipleship, Disciple
Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Martinez, David Cruz, "Teaching Intentional Discipleship in an Age of Moral Relativism" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3311.
Teaching Intentional Discipleship in an Age of Moral Relativism is essential to counteracting the downward trend of morality, religious affiliation, and church growth in America. In the church where discipleship and fulfilling the Great Commission is becoming more of an option versus a necessity, the fruit of unintentional discipleship has contributed to the transformation of America into an age of moral relativism with no end in sight unless the church reverts to its first love of the Great Commission. The project will accentuate the statistics that demonstrate the current statistical decline of church attendance in the western world and explain how a combination of moral relativism and a lack of teaching intentional discipleship led to the overall decline of the church in America within the past twenty years. Furthermore, this thesis will define discipleship, describe what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, prove from the Scriptures that discipleship is not optional but obligatory, and explain the necessity of fulfilling the Great Commission as the only true beacon of righteous conversion. Then the thesis will transition to the action-based portion of the research by testing the effects of teaching a Gospel-centered course on intentional discipleship. Lastly, the thesis will annotate the results from the questionnaires and conclude on the effects of teaching intentional discipleship and whether the course equipped the participants as true disciples who can make disciples by running against the wind of moral relativism.