CitationZoerb, Curtis Allan. “Does God Call Laypeople to Preach in their Local Church? An Exploration of Calling and Introduction to Preaching for Laypeople in the Local Church.” D. Min., Tyndale University, 2022.
AbstractThe purpose of this research portfolio was to identify if God was calling lay people to preach in their local church and begin to equip them for that calling.
Sitting in the pews were people whom God called and gifted to serve the church in many different ministries; some were called to share his word through preaching. Through this field project, these individuals were identified, equipped, and presented with opportunities to preach God’s word in their own setting. The two foci of calling and preaching were essential to answer the research question.
Members of Massey Place Community Church interested in learning to preach were invited to participate in the study. Seven people responded. A six-week introductory course was conducted to teach about calling and how to prepare and preach a biblically-based sermon. We found that people were being called to preach, and four of the seven actively engaged as lay preachers. The question at the heart of this research project, “could lay people preach effectively in the Sunday morning service?”, was answered in the affirmative; there were laypeople that God called into the role of occasionally speaking from the pulpit. Further to that, this significantly benefited the life and growth of the church and positively impacted the individuals who preached.
Degree AttainedThesis (D. Min.) – Tyndale University, 2022
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Introduction – Chapter 2: Preaching and Calling – Chapter 3: Massey Place Community Church – Chapter 4: Answers Through Research – Chapter 5: Conclusion
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Alternative TitleAn Exploration of Calling and Introduction to Preaching for Laypeople in the Local Church