Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Christianity | Practical Theology
Lynn, Jeffrey, "Making Disciples of Jesus Christ: Investigating, Identifying and Implementing an Effective Discipleship System" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 878.
According to George Barna's research, the current state of making disciples of Jesus Christ who are "observing all that I have commanded you" is dismal. His research reveals that "only three out of ten born-again adults admitted that they did not have any plan or process by which they intended to fulfill their spiritual goals." 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 twenty-five churches to see what discipleship systems they are using, if any, as well as the success of such systems. This author will investigate, identify, and implement a system whereby to move a congregation to spiritual maturity.