Discovering Trinity's angel: the use of congregational formation narratives as a source of encouragement for change

Full Title
Discovering Trinity's angel: the use of congregational formation narratives as a source of encouragement for change
Author
Timothy P Coombs
Abstract
This thesis examines how a ten-year ministry of biblical storytelling at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, New York, prepared the congregation to experience its own formative stories as a means of encouraging it to further its digital culture ministry. The congregational story project, entitled Discovering Trinity's Angel, entailed videotaping long-time members, sharing remembrances of the innovative ways the congregation communicated the gospel throughout its history. These stories were shown in worship throughout Lent, 2006, and were accompanied by presentations on the influence of media in biblical and church history. The impact of biblical storytelling and the Discovering Trinity's Angel project were measured by both survey and focus groups. The project found that by experiencing the stories of its past, the congregation understood the challenge to further develop its digital culture ministry as consistent with its historic identity and mission.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Thomas E Boomershine
Language
English
Date
2007