Developing a Discipleship Model for Churches to Equip Millennials in the Southern Baptist Convention of Texas
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DEVELOPING A DISCIPLESHIP MODEL FOR CHURCHES IN THE SOUTHERN BAPTISTS OF TEXAS CONVENTION TO EQUIP MILLENNIALS The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2020 This project was designed to equip Millennial attenders in local churches in the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention through the integration of an inter-generational discipleship model. Participating SBTC church leaders were encouraged to utilize a four-session curriculum as a means to present a model for inter-generational disciple-making and outlined strategies for implementing related best practices into those churches. Chapter 1 introduces the ministry context regarding local church engagement and spiritual disposition of Millennials, along with the rationale, purpose, goals, research methodologies, definitions, and delimitations of the project. Chapter 2 provides the biblical and theological basis surrounding the need for disciple-making in the local church. Instrumental passages in the design of the curriculum included Matthew 28:19-20, Titus 2:1-8 and Philippians 3:12-17. Chapter 3 reinforces the need for an effective small group ministry. Alongside that framework and assessing generational realities, churches can effectively disciple Millennials toward spiritual growth through involvement in intergenerational disciple-making relationships. Chapter 4 details the curriculum production, presentation, and evaluation plan. Chapter 5 concludes with an evaluation of the project and suggestions for improvement and further development.