Connecting with our community : when service and discipleship go hand in hand
Elizabeth A. LeMaster
"This project was created to discover how the church can serve the people of its community while helping members live out their call to discipleship. Examination of the words of Jesus in Matthew 25: 31-46 through the lens of missional theology established that caring for our neighbors is vital to our faith and discipleship. To evaluate community needs, the author used qualitative research tools including data collection, independent experts, and purposive and snowball sampling. Demographic information and community needs were also assessed through data collection using MissionInsite. The congregation was educated on the needs of the community and their call, as disciples of Jesus Christ, to care for those needs through a sermon series. Analysis of the data suggests that a church-sponsored Family Resource Center to connect people with resources is important. However, the author concluded that this is not the sole focus for the church. Jesus' teachings, our Wesleyan heritage, and United Methodist theology suggest that the church is called to be in relationship with its community through which the hope and unconditional love of God is shared." -- Leaf .
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Doctor of Ministry
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