THE INTEGRATION OF A DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM IN BIBLE COLLEGE CURRICULA TO PROMOTE DISCIPLESHIP IN THE INDIAN CHURCHES

Full Title
THE INTEGRATION OF A DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM IN BIBLE COLLEGE CURRICULA TO PROMOTE DISCIPLESHIP IN THE INDIAN CHURCHES
Author
Titus Eapen D.Min.
Abstract
The principal purpose of this project is to observe if discipleship training at the Bible school level will impact the lives of the participants for increased involvement in discipleship activities at the ministry level in the context of churches in India. This project anticipates that proper discipleship training for future pastors and church planters in Bible schools will significantly influence discipleship activity in the church. This study seeks to understand the nature of Biblical discipleship and develop a workbook coursepack to teach final year Bible college students.

In order to understand the effectiveness of the discipleship course during the final year of Bible college studies on discipleship activities in the initial year of church ministry, a one-week intensive discipleship course was taught to a total of forty-five final year students from two different Bible colleges. A pre-test evaluation was conducted prior to the discipleship course, and post-test evaluation was conducted six months after graduation.

This study brought into focus several truths. Comparison of the pre-test and post-test responses revealed that a discipleship course during the final year of Bible College education would positively influence students in discipleship activities in ministry level. Confidence level in getting involved in discipleship activities also exponentially increased because of the training. Overall understanding and awareness of the topic also greatly increased. Therefore, theological institutions need to make it a priority to ensure that their graduates are properly equipped and trained in the field of discipleship prior to graduation.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Mission and Evangelism
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
David Seiver Ph.D.
James Moore Ph.D.
William Donahue Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2016
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