Religious Freedom: A Study of Two Distinct Baptist Views

Introduction Since the passing of the first amendment to the United States Constitution, historians have debated the influence of Baptists upon religious liberty in America. A question remains regarding the extent of homogeneity among Baptists regarding religious...

Disciple Making Plan

Disciple Making Plan Introduction Due to the modern institutional church focus on the Sunday morning service, many churches face a significant challenge in carrying out the primary directive of the Great Commission–to make disciples. The question at hand is how to...

Discipleship and a Healthy Church

Discipleship and a Healthy Church Introduction The disconnect between discipleship and the local church may be the most pressing challenge facing the body of Christ in the twenty-first century. The question that exists is specifically how discipleship and the local...

Philosophy of Small Groups

Philosophy of Small Groups Introduction The concept of small groups has become an important topic in church growth discussions over the last number of decades. However, the proper method or philosophy of small group deployment within the local church continues to be...

Disciple Making in the Local Church

Disciple Making in the Local Church Introduction The process of making disciples has varied throughout the centuries from monastic asceticism to liberal antinomianism. Currently, the question of specifically how disciples are made within the context of a postmodern...

Spheres and Stages of Discipleship

Spheres and Stages of Discipleship Introduction Discipleship is not a singular event, but instead, it is a lifelong endeavor. The question of how believers develop into disciples varies among scholars. Without an understanding of the discipleship process, believers...