Equipping Spiritual Leaders in the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist
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ABSTRACT EQUIPPING SPIRITUAL LEADERS IN THE SOUTH BAHAMAS CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST, NASSAU, BAHAMAS Peter Joseph, DEdMin The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2020 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Danny R. Bowen The purpose of this project was to equip parents in South Bahamas conference of Seventh-Day Adventist to be spiritual leaders in their homes. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, limitations, delimitations, and research methodology of the project. Chapter 2 explains the biblical and theological basis for spiritual leadership in the home. First, the chapter presents evidence that the home is the primary place for the replication of faith, and that parents are called by God to be the primary spiritual care givers of their children. Second, it shows that God instituted the church with the capacity to include in its role the work of equipping parents to be the primary spiritual care givers of their children by utilizing the spiritual gifts resident in the church. Third, the chapter demonstrates that God’s church sets the tone for the primacy of spiritual leadership in the home by showing how the church provides a climate of encouragement and enlightenment for its role of equipping parents. Finally, chapter 2 discloses that God’s Word sets the foundation for mutual submission by establishing that spiritual leadership is effective when there is mutual submission. Chapter 3 addresses theoretical, practical, historical, and developmental elements related to engaging and equipping parents for the task of faith development in a partnership that should exist between the church and the home. It demonstrates that for the church to equip parents, gifted leaders must know the goal, employ a strategy, understand a framework of home-church partnership, and articulate a vision of discipleship that addresses the whole person. Chapters 4 and 5 provide details of implementation of the project, as well as evaluations of the project.