Jimmy Sites

Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

David W. Wray

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Darryl L. Tippens


The purpose of this study was to produce a model of instruction that enabled the nurturing of holistic faith among adult members of the Higden, Arkansas, Church of Christ. The project began with an analysis of the congregation by using a Congregational Profile Inventory. Problems identified included individualism, traditionalism, an indoctrination philosophy of education (disallowing doubt, questioning, and reason), a works/righteousness approach to faith, and a lack of transparency regarding personal struggles. Many adult members were depicted as living at the projected faith level of an early adolescent. The project continued by searching for a model of faith nurturing that would help these members move from a projected faith level to an integrated faith level where faith is personalized.

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