Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Church, Discipleship, Leadership, Pastor, Servant-Leadership, Shepherd
Christianity | Practical Theology
Smith, Daniel, "A Pastor's Approach to Discipleship and Its Effect on the Local Church: A Three-Step Approach to Biblical Discipleship" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 842.
The current condition of the local church is in need for revitalization. The process of discipleship within the church has been viewed as an underlining issue for the local church. The purpose of this project is to determine the ways in which the pastor influences discipleship in the local church in the areas of formation, transformation, and application. The pastor's practice of ministry is reviewed by looking at both the pastor's and members' perspective concerning the pastor's approach to discipleship. The pastor's approach to discipleship is observed in three areas, including formation, transformation, and application. Through careful observation, a three-step approach to biblical discipleship will be developed in order to stop the decline in American churches.