Presbyterian/Reformed Churches

Eldership and discipleship in the Church of Scotland

Author
Graeme R Wilson
Abstract
This project researched the relationship between discipleship and the distinctive spiritual understanding of the office of Elder in the Church of Scotland. The author developed a biblical and (Reformed) theological model of cross-shaped discipleship based on the vertical and horizontal dimensions of love of God and love of neighbour respectively. Group discussions, interviews, and questionnaires generated qualitative and quantitative research data. The project revealed that the eldership favoured the horizontal elements of community and service over the more "spiritual" vertical dimension of discipleship, and that this may account for the eclipse of the "spiritual" in the office of Elder today.

Over the Hill and Everywhere: How the Art of Storytelling Can Revive the Practice of Evangelism

Author
Jon Kyle Goodman
Abstract
Faith-sharing evangelism has long been an afterthought in the mainline church, abandoned to the dogmatic, coercive approaches practiced in evangelical circles. The author contends that the art of storytelling offers the mainline church an alternative approach for that practice. The author taught a course on storytelling at Alamance Presbyterian Church. Following the course, each participant agreed to seek opportunities to share their faith narratively outside their congregational context. Participants reported their activity at a closing session and in a written survey. The author concludes that teaching the art of storytelling has the potential to help the mainline church reclaim the practice of evangelism.
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