Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Barnett College of Ministry & Theology
Department of Christian Ministries and Religion
Dr. Charles Gaulden
Dr. Timothy Gilligan
Dr. Jim Vigil
In a society immersed and fascinated with technological devices and tools, the researcher explored the extent to which online platforms can provide a productive means to implement discipleship programs in a church plant through the use of internet video devotional materials. The relatively low practice of regular devotional habits in today’s Church has become an increasing problem. The purpose of this project was to examine the possibility of spiritual formation within the congregants of Core Church through the use of online video devotions. The project consisted of sixteen online video devotions that were created from four sermons delivered at Core Church. Participants in the study were evaluated through the use of two questionnaires to measure the influence the video devotions had on their spiritual growth. The findings of the project indicated the respondents believed the program created a substantial increase in their spiritual formation. However, the data revealed a lack of substantial improvement in the participants’ devotional consistency and discipline. The implication of technological integration with devotional programs is profound in the increasingly internet-connected church. The use of online devotional programs can multiply the pastor's influence and maximize the church’s resources while having a more substantial effect on the growth of the congregants.
Phelps, Greg D., "TECHNOLOGICAL DISCIPLESHIP: HOW MODERN PLATFORMS CAN IMPROVE DEVOTIONAL HABITS IN CORE CHURCH" (2019). Doctor of Ministry (DMin). 2.