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Applied Research Project

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)




How will the introduction of Gospel Choirs revitalize the United Methodist Church of Odense and provide a model for church renewal?

Through the story of The UMC-Odense, where gospel music has been a catalyst for change, the author explores the basis for growth through interviews with singers, the choir leader, a study of the early Methodist movement's use of contrafactum music and through a study of the characteristics of the first congregation as described in Acts 2.

Finally, the author draws 8 claims that have proven fruitful in the inclusion of gospel music ministry in an old United Methodist church.