Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Kelly Yordy

Second Advisor

Todd Ream

Third Advisor

Drew Moser


Jesus has commanded His Church to go into the entire world, making disciples, but how do so many different people do something so significant on such a massive scale? God has created each person to reflect His image, and He has given each of us talents and gifts—characteristics that set us apart from everyone else. These unique qualities are what God uses to empower us to accomplish His mission of making disciples. The Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment is a tool designed to provide individuals with a greater understanding of their strengths, those characteristics that make them who they are. How can a tool such as the Clifton StrengthsFinder influence and assist disciples as they engage in the disciple-making process? The current study utilized a qualitative phenomenology, specifically individual interviews, to explore if individuals who understand their personal strengths, as identified by the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, experience an impact on how they engage with the discipleship process. Results from this study indicate that, amid variation in individual knowledge and understanding of personal strengths, participants experienced an impact with the discipleship process.