Developing Biblical Community Through Small Groups Ministry at Beavercreek Baptist Church, Beavercreek, Ohio
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ABSTRACT DEVELOPING BIBLICAL COMMUNITY THROUGH SMALL GROUPS MINISTRY AT BEAVERCREEK BAPTIST CHURCH, BEAVERCREEK, OHIO John Alan Heading, D.Ed.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015 Faculty Supervisor: John David Trentham, Ph.D. This project examines the relationship between an individual's biblical understanding of community in small groups and their practice of biblical community in small groups. Chapter 1 defines the historical, contextual, and practical issues of community facing Beavercreek Baptist Church. Chapter 2 presents an exegesis of Old and New Testament passages that show the role of covenant relationship and the formation of biblical community in small groups. Chapter 3 reviews the history of community formation and the contemporary application of. Chapters 4 and 5 provide the results, analysis, and conclusions of this project. During this 16-week project participants studied biblical foundation and application of community in small groups. The goal was to experience an increase in understanding of community in small groups, measured by a survey before and after the treatment phase, and this increase in understanding was to produce an increase in participation in small groups.