One thousand steps : the development of guiding principles of effective parochial mission work.

Title

One thousand steps : the development of guiding principles of effective parochial mission work.

Subject

VTS Thesis Collection
Missions -- Theory.
Missions -- Biblical teaching.
City churches.

Description

By Harrison M. McLeod -- "The purpose of this thesis is to establish a set of “Guiding Principles” for the design and implementation of effective parochial mission work that is faithful to Jesus’ command in Matthew 25 and genuinely respects and values those serving and those being served.

As commanded by Jesus in Matthew 25, incumbent in our faith as Christians is the call to serve the needs of the poor and the oppressed. This service is manifest in specific works of compassion and aid to those in need. In response to Jesus’ call, parishes allocate resources of time, talent and treasure to relieve the needs of the poor. Unfortunately, these well meaning efforts can create dependency on the part of the recipient and foster “burnout” on the part of the parishioners. In order to develop a set of “Guiding Principles” for effective mission work an examination of the biblical and sacramental foundations of mission work was undertaken. Building on the biblical and sacramental insights, several parishes were selected as case studies and invited to participate in a survey and extended nterviews followed by a group forum to determine strengths and weaknesses related to mission work. Based on the qualitative data received, this project attempts to define a set of “Guiding Principles” by which parochial mission work can be pursued to the mutual benefit of those serving as well as those served. The insights gained from this project have altered the manner in which mission work is undertaken and offered at Christ Church, Greenville, SC and may impact the future mission offerings of other parishes." -- (Abstract)

Creator

McLeod, Harrison M.

Source

See record for print version in VTS Library Catalog.

Publisher

Virginia Theological Seminary

Date

12/2015

Rights

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives-4.0 International License, © Copyright Harrison M. McLeod 2015.

Files

2015-McLeod.pdf
Date Added
June 22, 2017
Collection
VTS Theses - D. Min.
Citation
McLeod, Harrison M., “One thousand steps : the development of guiding principles of effective parochial mission work.,” Theses from Virginia Theological Seminary, accessed January 23, 2019, https://vtsbpl.omeka.net/items/show/2.