Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Sociology, General; Theology
Church Growth, Church Health, Evangelism, Outreach
Christianity | Civic and Community Engagement | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion | Sociology
Houston, Rickey, "Loving Your Neighbor: A Guide To Developing And Sustaining Community Service Projects" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 694.
A current ministry concern is mobilizing and engaging the congregation in service projects throughout the immediate and surrounding communities to spread the love of Christ and build the kingdom of God. The purpose of this project is to examine and shed light on an approach or approaches to effectively transform service beyond the walls of the congregation to intentional, appropriate, and relevant service within the community. This subject matter has the potential of transforming congregations from a predominant notion of interaction with self to interaction with organizations and individuals who are part of the church's mission field. In addition, there is the potential for greater and stronger neighborhoods and churches. Research of books, journals, articles, biblical passages, and data from surveys and questionnaires will be utilized in establishing past and present tendencies and in offering guidance for future movement.