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The purpose of the research was to evaluate how effective discipleship training enhanced the spiritual maturity of lay believers and transformed them into churchbuilding leaders. The particular context of this study is Korean Madisonville United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nashville Korean United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Sarang Community Church in Anaheim, California. This was an evaluative study using questionnaires and personal interviews to assist in measuring the effectiveness of discipleship training to enhance the spiritual maturity of lay believers.
The review of selected literature focuses on what the church is, who the pastor is, who the laity is, and how to do discipleship training in a local church. From the pretest to the posttest, a significant change was observed on the Fisher’s and McNemar’s test. The test showed a statistically significant increase. Participants’ spiritual maturity and commitment in the areas of core Christian doctrines, character, level of service in the church, and giving, and personal devotional life increased. A positive correlation exists between discipleship training and participants who attended the training. The findings of this study demonstrate that discipleship training enhanced the spiritual maturity of lay believers and transformed them into church-building leaders.
Thesis (D. Min.), 2011
2011, D., Min., 765265328, Discipling, Christianity, Spiritual, formation, Christian, leadership, Laity, Korean, American, churches, Case, studies, Methodists
Biblical Studies | Missions and World Christianity | Other Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 142-152).
BV4520 .C526 2011