The Ministry of Dan Kimball: A Model for Reaching Emerging Generations

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Title: The Ministry of Dan Kimball: A Model for Reaching Emerging Generations
Author: Ring, Blake Thomas
Advisor: Lawless, Jr., Charles E
Abstract: THE MINISTRY OF DAN KIMBALL:

A MODEL FOR REACHING EMERGING GENERATIONS

Blake Thomas Ring, Ph.D.

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011

Chair: Dr. Charles E. Lawless, Jr.

This dissertation examines the ministry of Dan Kimball to determine if his ministry is a contributing model for effective ministry to emerging generations. Chapter 1 begins with an examination of the landscape of North American Christianity, seeking to demonstrate that the church is struggling to reach and retain emerging generations. It establishes the need for exploring effective ministry models and presents Kimball's ministry as a possible model for effective ministry to emerging generations. Chapter 2 provides a biographical account of Kimball's life. His adolescence, college years, conversion, pastoral ministry, and roles in the ECM and contemporary Christianity receive examination. Chapter 3 examines an evangelical theological taxonomy, or classification, of Kimball. Attention is given to his theological presuppositions and his doctrinal beliefs regarding Scripture, Christology, the gospel, and Ecclesiology. Chapter 4 explores Kimball's methodological framework. Attention is given to those presuppositions that guide his methodology. His approach to evangelism, discipleship, worship, and preaching are examined. Chapter 5 critiques Kimball's theology and methodology, ascertaining positive and negative contributions. Further consideration is given to the types of adjustments traditional churches might adopt as they engage emerging culture. Chapter 6 summarizes Kimball's involvement in the ECM and his contribution to emerging generational ministry, while also identifying areas of further study regarding Kimball's ministry.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3731
Date: 2011-12-14

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