Evangelism in the small church
LE3 .A278 2012
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
Small churches are an important but often neglected part of the Canadian evangelical landscape. Considering that the majority of churches in Canada fall into the small-church category, more attention needs to be paid to the unique problems that they face. This thesis examines evangelism in small churches with a view to determining what is effective in a small-church setting. This was done through interviews on the subject of evangelism with the leaders of six small churches. An interview was then conducted in each church with someone who had become a believer through the ministry of that church. The observations from those interviews are combined with a biblical and theological study of the subject. Thus the thesis combines a solid biblical foundation with a historic, theological survey and develops this into a practical approach to evangelism in small churches. All of these findings are developed into a seminar that takes into consideration the unique qualities of small-church life. The study shows that relationships are at the heart both of effective evangelism and small-church life which should make small churches uniquely effective in their evangelistic efforts.
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