Developing And Casting A Great Commission Vision At Vann Avenue Baptist Church, Evansville, Indiana
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ABSTRACT DEVELOPING AND CASTING A GREAT COMMISSION VISION AT VANN AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Eric David Martin, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Travis S. Kerns Chapter 1 describes the ministry context of Vann Avenue Baptist Church in Evansville, Indiana. This description includes a history of the church and its present situation. Also included in chapter 1 is a detailed demographic analysis of the community of southeast Evansville, Indiana. Contained in this chapter are the ministry goals for the ministry project, which come from the rationale for undertaking this attempt at developing and casting a great commission vision. Chapter 2 examines the biblical and theological basis for this project. A biblical perspective in the visioning process is vital in discovering a God-sized vision. The basis of this project is to build from a close examination of Proverbs 29:18, Psalm 33:11, Genesis 12:1, Nehemiah 1-2:10, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Philippians 3:13-14 and Ephesians 4:1-16.8 Chapter 3 presents theoretical and practical issues regarding this project. This chapter examines studies completed on churches who have successfully led in great commission vision casting. This chapter also examines the importance of achieving buy-in when casting a great commission vision. Chapter 4 provides a detailed account of the entire process of this project. Including both an outline of the fifteen-week process and the methodology used during the project in order to provide opportunity for someone to be able to use it to duplicate the project in a different setting. Chapter 5 provides a complete and thorough evaluation of the project. The question of whether the goals were met or not are addressed and evaluated. The evaluation also provides strengths and weaknesses of the project.