Developing an Effective Evangelism Strategy for the Second Generation of the Savannah Vietnamese Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia
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This dissertation explains the implementation of a strategy in evangelism and church growth for the second generation. Chapter 1 provides the purpose, goals, rationale, definitions, limitations, and research methodology. It includes the context of the Vietnamese refugees, immigrants, and the second generations, as well as the history of Savannah Vietnamese Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. Chapter 2 presents the biblical and theological foundation for the second generation to do evangelism, which includes Old and New Testament characters who were involved in second-generation evangelism, the way Jesus worked with the second generation, and some of the history after the time of the apostles. Chapter 3 provides a cross-cultural explanation for the project, mainly providing information about the Vietnamese people and their culture. It also deals with Eastern and indigenous religions, backgrounds, and the differences in worldviews between America and Vietnam, including the conflicts between the generations. Chapter 4 describes the development and implementation of the project, which covers three major sections: the Vietnamese seminar and teaching, second generation training and evangelizing, and the how the project was implemented. Chapter 5 presents an evaluation of the project. This chapter includes an evaluation of goals, strategy, the project's strengths and weaknesses after implementation, implication of the project applied to Savannah Vietnamese Baptist Church, and improvements for future application to other congregations that may have a similar situation.