Increasing Participation in World Missions at First Baptist Church of Pound, Wisconsin
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ABSTRACT INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN WORLD MISSIONS AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF POUND, WISCONSIN Jarred Lee Edgecombe, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2016 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Michael S. Wilder This project was designed to increase the participation of the members of First Baptist Church of Pound, Wisconsin, in world missions. The process involved assessing and increasing their knowledge of the Bible’s teaching on missions. It also included increasing their knowledge of the missionaries that the church supports. The project culminated in a missions mobilization plan to get the whole church more involved in world missions. Chapter 1 introduces the ministry context of First Baptist Church, along with the rationale, purpose, goals, research methodologies, definitions, and delimitations of the project. Chapter 2 provides the biblical and theological basis for the project through the exegesis of five passages of Scripture (Matt 10; Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Acts 13-14; and Phil 4:10-20). Chapter 3 presents three case studies of ministries that are successfully involving their membership in world missions. Chapter 4 describes the project itself, including the lesson plans and the sermon series. Chapter 5 concludes with an overall evaluation of the project and suggestions for improvement and further development.