Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Charlie Davidson

Primary Subject Area

Theology; Religion, General; Religion, Biblical Studies; Religion, Clergy; Religion, Philosophy of; Sociology, General; Education, General; Education, Religious


Churches, Discipleship, Fruitfulness, Growth, Leadership, Small Groups


Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Education | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Sociology


Various research findings on spiritual formation in the America church reveal that the current state of making disciples of Jesus Christ who are observing all that Jesus has commanded is woefully grim. This author believes what we have in place for making disciples is inadequate, unimplemented, or both. The purpose of this thesis project is to explain the current state of spiritual formation in the American Church and the reasons why it falls short of God's desire and design. This effort will include and incorporate research from at least 20 churches to see what discipleship systems they are using, if any, as well as the success of such systems. Research modalities would include survey and interview of church leaders. This author will recommend a system which would make churches to revitalize and make steady numerical and spiritual growth.