Equipping Adults at Beacon Hill Baptist Church of Somerset, Kentucky for Gospel Ministry to Children
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ABSTRACT EQUIPPING ADULTS AT BEACON HILL BAPTIST CHURCH OF SOMERSET, KENTUCKY FOR GOSPEL MINISTRY TO CHILDREN Donavon Ray Burton, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015 Chair: Dr. Stuart W. Scott This project was concerned with the development and teaching of a biblical approach that would equip adults to minister the gospel to children. Goals of the project were to gauge participant’s understandings and attitudes towards this ministry, to develop a training curriculum that could be applied in a broad context for ministry preparation and to increase awareness and competence with regards to future opportunities for ministry to children. Biblical and theological supports for the project were drawn from exegesis of the Great Commandment and Great Commission. Particular theological emphases of the project were the need for renewal in commitments to understanding conviction and affirming the sufficiency of Scripture. Theoretical support for the project was drawn from a comparison of current and historical methodologies of childhood evangelism. Particular methodological emphases of the project focused on the need for a more robust presentation of Scripture and the avoidance of sacramentalism.