Tommy W. King

Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

C. Leonard Allen

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Charles A. Sibert

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

David Wray


The purpose of this study is to produce a program of instruction and events that will facilitate the initiation of children of the Glenwood Church of Christ into the full fellowship of the church. The project begins by identifying the problem of an imprecise definition of the status of children within Churches of Christ and how this uncertainty affects the process of initiating children of the church. The project continues by avowing the innocence of all children while recognizing a difference existing between children of the church and those outside the sphere of the church. The difference is community. Those who are children of the church live within the boundaries of the community and are nurtured and shaped from birth to assume their roles as adult members of that community. The model for their initiation must, by its very nature, differ from the model of initiation for those who come into the community from outside.

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