Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Resurrection, Witness, Great Commission, Leaders, Evangelism
Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Thomas, Michael A., "The Resurrection and the Witness" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4968.
The thesis project aims to educate and equip New Life Christian Church (NLCC) and Eagle View Christian School (EVCS) leaders to use biblically fundamental arguments and theories about Christ’s Resurrection to defend its merits against contemporary cultural objections. The study employed the quantitative design method to gather information through a survey utilizing open and closed-ended questions with a convenient sample of thirty-eight participants from the NLCC and EVCS population. As leaders teach, others become effective witnesses of Christ’s Resurrection, equipping them to implement the teachings of Mathew 28:19-20 and 1 Peter 3:15 in their witness and defense of the gospel’s message. Leaders must understand the message to influence a modern, progressive culture long removed from acceptable civil etiquette and conversations. So many church leaders have compromised the simple message of the cross and Christ’s Resurrection, which is no longer the good news in the contemporary age. Evangelical leaders struggle to articulate the gospel’s message effectively. As the project’s goal unfolds, the future ministry aims to create influential leaders and congregants who can effectively witness and defend Christ’s Resurrection without resorting to personal testimonies as a proverbial means to an end. The researcher conducted the study in four survey groups: “Leaders Only Questions,” “Leaders and Believers’ Questions,” “Individuals answering two questions, and the “Focus Group,” ensuring triangulation. The study revealed that NLCC and EVCS leaders and believers understand biblical principles but lack the knowledge to articulate the message.