Developing a Strategic Plan for Implementing a Family Discipleship Model at The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas
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ABSTRACT DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTING A FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP MODEL AT THE VILLAGE CHURCH, FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS Matthew Lynn McCauley, D.Ed.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2019 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Joseph C. Harrod A survey of the Scriptures demonstrates that parents are commanded to disciple their children. A local church that is faithful to Scripture will communicate this biblical vision for family discipleship and equip its members to practice it. This project seeks to implement a ministry plan for a family discipleship model at The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas. Chapter 1 presents the history and ministry context of The Village Church and states the purpose and goals of this project. Chapter 2 provides an exegesis of 5 biblical passages (Deut 6:1-8; Ps 78; House Churches in Acts; Eph 6:4; Titus 2:1-6) arguing that God has instituted two disciple-making institutions—the family and the church. Chapter 3 examines historical foundations for family discipleship, presenting the family as an indispensable disciple-making institution. Chapter 4 describes the project itself, presenting the content and teaching methodology for the Home Group Family Discipleship Time training curriculum. Chapter 5 concludes with an evaluation of the project based upon completion of the specified goals. Ultimately, this project hopes to leverage the Home Group or Cell Group model of Christian formation as a vehicle to equip parents in Family Discipleship within the local church.