Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Howard Dale Tryon


Relational Evangelism, Family, Recreation, Evangelism, Family Ministry, Recreation Ministry


Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


The goals of this Doctor of Ministry thesis project are to explore and implement an approach to evangelism that has the potential of family connection through relational evangelism. The approach delivers the gospel message through family to family encounters in recreational activities. The church, Idlewild Baptist Church (IBC) has a unique communal opportunity to enhance ministry efforts through relational evangelism. The church leaders at IBC realize that they can do more with their recreation center on their campus by using it as a resource for outreach connecting with unchurched families and families without a church affiliation. An identifiable dilemma in IBC’s recreation ministry is the scarcity of connection with IBC families and with those families who do not attend church or have a viable relationship with Christ. The thesis project researcher collaborated with IBC leaders in recruiting and equipping IBC families who participate in seasonal recreation activities to practice relational evangelism approach family to family. The outcome produces that the approach is a vital link to resolve the dilemma of connecting IBC families with unchurched families or families without a church affiliation who participate in IBC recreation center activities seasonally.