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dc.contributor.advisorHunsberger, George R.
dc.contributor.authorSlagel, Steven E.
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-01T13:14:57Z
dc.date.available2020-10-01T13:14:57Z
dc.date.created2020
dc.date.issued
dc.date.submitted2020
dc.identifier.uri
dc.descriptionIncludes abstract.en_US
dc.description.abstractMany North American Mennonite churches live in a climate of confusion and anxiety struggling to understand who they are and why they exist. This project explores how a congregation’s self-understanding is shaped by stories they tell and live. The context for this project was my ministry leadership in three Mennonite congregations during pastor transitions. I started the project by researching ecclesiological themes of importance to these congregations: sixteenth-century Anabaptism, missional ecclesiology, and narrative theology. I crafted and implemented a process of engagement utilizing these themes allowing congregations to take steps toward discovering identity, purpose, and a hopeful future. I conducted ethnographic research and facilitated congregational interaction with their stories, ecclesiological themes, and the defining narrative of scripture. This resulted in a narrative summary, written identity, and purpose statement for each congregation. The outcome of this narrative approach for ecclesiological understanding is seen in the clear, hope-filled identity and purpose statements developed by these three Mennonite congregations.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilitySteven E. Slagelen_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.titleGod’s story, our story : a narrative approach for discovery of congregational identity and purposeen_US
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis
dc.rights.licenseCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licenseen_US
dcterms.accessRightsUnrestricted online access.en_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2020
dcterms.extent180 leavesen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Ministryen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorWestern Theological Seminary (Holland, Mich.)en_US
thesis.degree.date2020
dc.type.dspaceThesisen_US

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