Date of Award

2-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Department

Seminary

First Advisor

Peter Aschoff

Second Advisor

Phil Newell

Third Advisor

Jason Clark

Abstract

This dissertation answers the question, “How did Jesus Christ ascertain what to say and do in his disciple making process?” The thesis is that Jesus Christ used the immediate life circumstances of his disciples to determine what he would say and/or do in the process of his disciple making. Jesus was remarkably effective in terms of quality and quantity leaving behind disciples who reflected his lifestyle and commitment to the mission of God and who powerfully reproduced themselves. The research supports the thesis as a partial answer and reveals three additional dimensions that significantly informed Jesus Christ’s disciple making approach. Section One describes the problem; the anemic state of disciple making in the North American Church. Section Two describes some common solutions church leaders use to improve their disciple making effectiveness. A brief historical review follows, tracing the development of disciple making. Section Three presents the thesis. Section Four describes the Artifact and specifies how it will be utilized, by whom, and potential future application. Section Five is a description of the artifact that accompanies this written statement. It is a tool using the Evernote application and it is designed to assist the disciple maker to determine next steps in similar fashion to the way Jesus Christ determined his next steps during his disciple-making ministry. Section Six is the Postscript relating to the process of this written statement and suggests additional related issues that are important to the disciple-making ministry.

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