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Title: Toward the Trinity: Transforming Theology and Lives of the Ministers in the Worldwide Church of God/Grace Communion International
Authors: Wilding, Eric Tracy
Advisor: Reed, David
Department: Centre for the Study of Ministry
Keywords: Trinitarian doctrinal renewal
Spiritual transformations
Issue Date: 25-Oct-2012
Abstract: The Worldwide Church of God (WCG) was a sect founded by Herbert W. Armstrong. It held a wide array of heterodox doctrines and practices. This started to change in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Among the key changes was the shift from a bitheistic theology to a trinitarian theology. This dissertation explores the effects of this shift on the lives of twelve ministers in the WCG, which is now called Grace Communion International (GCI). Specifically it examines the impact that the doctrinal change had on their understanding of and relationship with God, self and congregation. Chapter one gives an introduction the research. It presents a historical, theological, theoretical, biographical and ministerial context for the study. It also gives a general introduction to the participants in the research. Chapter two provides and analysis and integration of the historical context of Herbert W. Armstrong, the founder of the WCG, and the denomination. It sets the context in which Armstrong’s religious beliefs grew and were transformed. It also traces the movement in the WCG away from orthodoxy toward heterodoxy and later back toward orthodoxy again. It examines the context and influences of the doctrinal changes and developments regarding the nature of God in the WCG/GCI. Chapter three discusses the ministry-in-action portion of the dissertation. This includes research methodologies and the process of the research. Chapters four through seven presents the research concerning twelve ministers in the WCG/GCI who have been in the WCG/GCI from the Armstrong years, through the changes and remain in the GCI. It offers their experience concerning the doctrine of God in their understanding of and relationship to Him, themselves and their congregations. Specifically the research inquires how the understanding of and relationship with each Person in the Godhead has developed and impacted the participants’ ministries and lives. Chapter eight gives the contributions of the research and the conclusions. The dissertation ends with some issues for consideration in GCI and the larger body of Christ.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33086
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