A DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE JUNIOR YOUTH OF ADABRAKA OFFICIAL TOWN CONGREGATION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA, ACCRA, GHANA
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A DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE JUNIOR YOUTH OF ADABRAKA OFFICIAL TOWN CONGREGATION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA, ACCRA, GHANA William Ofosu-Addo, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. John Martin Klaassen This research addresses the weaknesses in the current training program of the junior youth confirmands of Adabraka Official Town congregation through a pragmatic youth discipleship training program designed to promote evangelism. Chapter 1 identifies the statement of problem, introduces the context and rational of the project, and defines clear objectives and methods required to addressing the challenges. Chapter 2 deals with the biblical and theological bases of youth discipleship training program with the aim of introducing a discipleship training that blends indigenous African traditional education with the formal western type of education to help the youth appreciate the values of their cultural heritage, the mental understanding of their faith, and the evangelistic essence of discipleship training. Chapter 3 factors the psychological and sociological dispositions of young people (adolescents), their cultural identity, and the servant-leadership model of Christ as significant ingredients in the development of a youth discipleship training program. Chapter 4 discusses the implementation of the project by validating the existing program, and developing and implementing a new discipleship training program, which has sound biblical fidelity and is evangelistically focused, youth friendly, and culturally relevant. Chapter 5 evaluates the purpose, goals, and methods of the project, and from a theological and personal perspective concludes that a well-designed discipleship training not only equips the youth into mature Christians, but also empowers their generations as end time disciples to promote and sustain evangelism in the church.