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Doctoral Project Abstract

Seminar: Culture D.I.V.I.N.E. Transforming Church Organizational Culture
From Membership to Discipleship.

Robert W. Peters III

Christian church leaders face a strategic dilemma globally. Jesus Christ's command "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nationns..." Matthew 28:19 (NKVJ) is realized in direct relation to a church's organizational culture. The organizational culture of a church either supports a culture of discipleship or it supports a culture of membership, however, these two cultures do not agree. Culture D.I.V.I.N.E. provides church leaders the tools and understanding to effectively transform church organizational culture in order to fulfill the command of Jesus Christ.

Culture D.I.V.I.N.E. is a two or three day seminar that addresses and resolves this dilemma through eight dynamic classes. The first, A Way of Life, explains the scope of the seminar and defines key words and terms. The second, Church Culture, introduces the Church Culture Assessment Instrument (CCAI), which reveals current organizational culture. The third class, Declaration, reveals the role organizational culture has on a Christian's declaration and the accomplishment of the church's mission. The fourth, Invitation, provides insight into the core principles of discipleship and the impact of organizational culture on the disciple's invitation to others. The fifth, Validation, teaches ways to validate persons inside and outside the church. The sixth, Integration, describes the two areas of work where disciples must be integrated within the church and how organizational culture enables or hinders this process. The seventh class, New Emulation, teaches the correlation between church strategy, global evangelism and new emulation. The eighth, The Way and The Life, provides an exit CCAI along with a detailed course of action needed to realize the desired organizational culture.

Culture D.I.V.I.N.E. is not just a seminar; it is a way of life. The church organization that exhibits Declaration, Invitation, Validation, and Integration fostering New Emulation, is possessed by a culture of discipleship. Culture D.I.V.I.N.E. is the church leaders' answer to understanding and transforming church organizational culture from that of membership to discipleship.

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