Gendi, Amal Aziz. “Identifying and Addressing Barriers to the Discipleship of Believers from Muslim Background in the Arabian Peninsula.” D. Min., Tyndale University College & Seminary, 2015.
One of the most pressing issues facing the rapidly emerging church in the Arabian Peninsula (AP) area is how to overcome barriers hampering the spiritual development of believers from Muslim backgrounds (BMBs). This research identifies the barriers that work against BMBs' growth and discipleship in the Christian faith and recommends culturally-relevant remedies. The study focuses firstly on the cultural origin of barriers and the cost of following Jesus that work against BMBs. The theological grounding of this research is then provided and the inherent tensions between the doctrines of Islam and Christianity are explored. This theological exploration is paired with an examination of discipleship groups and the commitment to gathering in the early New Testament church. Using qualitative research, external and internal contextual barriers were identified through a written survey, followed by individual interviews. External barriers include cultural barriers, lack of opportunity to fellowship with other believers, unqualified leaders/teachers, Islamic culture embedded in the community, and the absence of leadership. Internal barriers include fear, lack of trust, lack of spiritual maturity, lack of time and vision, Islamic culture embedded in characteristics, and an oral learning preference. These findings were used to develop a pilot project offering contextually sustainable solutions to counteract key barriers. In this thesis, possible benefits are suggested in regard to applying such changes to the practices of those ministering among BMBs in the AP and beyond.
Thesis (D. Min.)—Tyndale University College & Seminary, 2015
Table of Contents
Introduction – Theological Rationale – Precedent-setting Cases and Contextual Literature – Project, Methodology and, Methods – Outcomes and Interpretation -- Conclusion
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