Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
A small group study about heaven in scripture and contemporary film was developed in order to create interests in small groups. Believing small groups, discussions of the after life, and the power of storytelling are affirmed throughout scripture, individuals were recruited and led through the study. Surveys measured opinions on heaven and small groups among the entire congregation and the small group participants. Following the study, the participants were surveyed one final time on both subjects. Ultimately the study did not always change minds with concern to the afterlife, but the overall opinions of small group experiences seemed to be broadened.
Thomas, Roger William, "Glimpses of heaven among friends: The utilization of film to draw interest in small group studies at the First Baptist Church of Albemarle" (2010). Divinity Projects. Paper 18.