Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology

Primary Advisor

Dr. Jim Vigil

Second Advisor

Dr. Sam Hemby

Third Advisor

Dr. James Anderson


The purpose of this dissertation is to describe the development of an instructional program to teach and instruct ministry leaders in spiritual formation. The research reveals that current ministry leaders either lack a level of comfort in discipling team members or lack the capacity to teach and instruct volunteers in spiritual formation. If current ministry leaders do not disciple well, then future leaders will lack necessary leadership skills—an ominous outcome. Consequently, the purpose of the project is to develop a whole-Bible thematic instruction that will improve the discipleship skills of ministry leaders. The curriculum project is designed to develop in the ministry leader a spiritual framework in which to build the firm foundation of faith; a spiritual maturity resembling an imago Christi identity in order to grow volunteers and coaches. Focus groups were presented the project curriculum and learning was assessed through a spiritual assessment. Specific qualitative results were encouraging but inconclusive. However, anecdotal responses and enthusiasm for further post-presentation discussion revealed a response not easily detected by the spiritual assessments. Ultimately, the research provided great insight into a new approach to discipleship training and establishing a spiritual framework leading to a firm foundation in Christian identity.