Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Melissa Archer

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel McNaughton

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim Vigil


The modern American Christian is faced with a society that is in unprecedented spiritual decline. Yet, is today’s church equipped with the fortitude to shine as light in darkness like Jesus intended? The concern behind this project is that a broad view of current Christian landscape reveals a great need to reclarify what it means to be a Christian. In His teaching, Jesus provides everything that is needed for the Christian life. The American church needs to experience a genuine return to the kind of Christianity that Jesus intended. It is the kind that can be referred to as discipleship. The goal of this research was to provide a clear and effective pathway for discipleship that is based purely and simply on the teachings of Jesus. A study was conducted at Shreveport Community Church to determine the effectiveness of this approach. First, a theological and biblical study of Jesus’ description of discipleship was conducted, formed into a 4-week curriculum, and presented to a small group of seventeen individuals. Then, a post-test quantitative survey was then administered to determine the efficacy of the curriculum. The data obtained revealed that the discipleship curriculum was indeed efficacious for improving discipleship understanding and characteristics within the group. This study has resulted in a renewed intentionality and passion for discipleship at SC Church.