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A HANDBOOK FOR PLANTING HISPANIC AMERICAN CHURCHES IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES

Author
Braden E. Taylor D.Min.
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry project examines the explosive growth of the Hispanic community in the United States and presents a handbook for planting Hispanic American churches in the southeastern U.S. We analyze the need and demonstrate the Biblical basis for planting churches among Hispanic Americans in this country.
We trace the history of what God has been doing among Hispanic Americans in North America, investigating the history of Latino Protestantism in the U.S. We consider the remarkable growth of Hispanic Evangelicals in this country, taking note of the marked influence of Pentecostal and Charismatic forms of Christianity. We study the demographics and great diversity of the U.S. Hispanic community, examine Hispanic cultural values, and consider challenges faced by this community and the U.S. Hispanic church.
We investigate a wide range of models for planting churches among Hispanic Americans, taking into account whether they are Spanish or English proficient. We investigate Hispanic church planting done by Latino, multicultural and Anglo churches, and examine Hispanic church models in Birmingham, Alabama and other cities. We also consider church models developed in response to demographic changes in the United States.
Finally, in our handbook for planting Hispanic American churches in the southeastern United States, we present fourteen practical steps to begin a Hispanic American congregation in our area. By following the steps laid out in this handbook, any group of believers, church, church planter or presbytery will have a better understanding of how to go about reaching Hispanics with the Gospel and gathering them into a new congregation of believers who love and serve the Lord together.

Liturgical Drama in the Church: an Application of Daily Scriptural Living

Author
Alma Lee Langley-Ward D.Min.
Abstract
The main purpose of this research was to study the validity of using liturgical drama as a vital tool of expression to help make Scripture come alive for the application and transformation of lives, first of the researcher’s local congregation and eventually of other churches. The researcher wrote and directed a play based on Luke 1:26-35 using members of the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as actors and crew. The entire church was a participant of this research as the play was done during a Sunday morning worship service as part of the liturgy. The mixed-method approach presented the most viable pathway for this study and the researcher surveyed a cross-section of the congregation both as actors and audience members. The essential elements considered in using this method involved selecting the Scripture passage; observing the participants during rehearsals to determine their level of understanding of their roles and the motivation for their actions; and administering a survey to measure and analyze the effectiveness of the play in increasing biblical knowledge and inspiring transformation that would produce daily scriptural application. For a more objective case study, the researcher chose those members who presented with a limited understanding of Scripture and were interested in learning through their participation in the play. Rehearsals ran once a week for six weeks with additional rehearsals during the final week. The focus of the observation was on the conduct of the cast from week to week. The researcher assessed each cast member for transformation and changes in behavioral patterns. The findings suggest that using liturgical drama as a model for teaching the Word of God can be an effective teaching tool. The researcher claims that there is still hope of liturgical drama being a key part of the liturgy and worship

Overcoming Obstacles to Churches Planting Churches

Author
Brent Frederick Burckart D.Min.
Abstract
The thesis of this dissertation is that existing churches can successfully overcome common obstacles to planting new churches when church leaders learn to adopt three vital practices: communicating a compelling vision for church planting to their congregations, cultivating a spirit of bold faith within their congregations, and implementing a sustainable church planting strategy for their congregations.

The literature review will survey some of the key literature and research on church planting generally and on the mother-daughter model of church planting specifically. Using the case study method, three churches that have successfully overcome obstacles to develop an ongoing rhythm of planting daughter churches will be analyzed through interviews and surveys. From the findings of these cases, applications will be drawn to assist other churches seeking to regularly plant daughter churches.

Developing an Outreach Strategy to Reach Millennials for Community Bible Church, Stockbridge, Georgia

Author
Jody A Shaw
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop an outreach strategy for millennials at Community Bible Church in Stockbridge, Georgia. The project director led selected staff members of Community Bible Church to develop a strategy of reaching millennials in Henry County, Georgia. The strategy planning team met for six sessions to develop a strategy that would be effective for the church. The project director informed the team on demographic data from Henry County, data about millennials discovered in research, outreach strategies, and strategy formation essentials. The project director then led the team to develop a multifaceted outreach strategy. After completion, the project director presented the finalized strategy to the executive leadership team of the church for approval and implementation.

Increasing self-awareness and self-differentiated leadership through an application of family systems theory with church planters

Author
Zachary C Edwards
Abstract
The purpose of of this ministry project was to lead a select group of church planting leaders in Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention to demonstrate an understanding of how family systems affect their personhood and leadership ability and, consequently, to develop and initiate a plan for increasing self-awareness and self-differentiated leadership. Through three sets of personal exercises and three group meetings, the majority of project participants demonstrated an understanding of project content and created a growth plan for self-awareness and self-difentiated leadership. The director grew in leadership, discoverd new theological insights, and evaluated the project as effective for developing future church planters.

Equipping urban missionaries to utilize research in the development of a church planting strategy for Colombo, Sri Lanka

Author
Bran S Kinsey
Abstract
This project is for the International Mission Agency team focused on Colombo, Sri Lanka, to develop a church planting strategy for the city. The project incorporates researching the city to evaluate the context and strategize accordingly. It uses a geographically distributed team approach, on-site and online training, statistical and descriptive research methodologies, and a four-element strategy formation model. A research profile of the city is developed, which informs and molds a comprehensive church planting strategy for the city.

An agile model for planting churches in New Mexico

Author
Scott C Wilson
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop an agile model for planting churches in New Mexico. Pastors and church leaders will participate in training to equip them to instruct, model, and empower their church members in evangelism, discipleship, and group formation outside traditional church structures. Applying theology and organizational theory the pastors will learn how to instruct and model what it means to be part of a kingdom of preists and what is their responsibility as ambassadors in their neighborhood and community. The project is evaluated by means of pre and post training assessments, personal interviews, and observation.

Developing a church plant strategy for First Baptist Church of Theodore, Theodore, Alabama

Author
David B Gill
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church plant strategy for First Baptist Church of Theodore, Theodore, Alabama. The project included three main phases: research, strategy development, and presentation. Phase one researched demographics of Theodore, Alabama and numerous books on church planting, church revitalization, and church health. The project director also attended three workshops on church planting. An annotated bibliography was used to design a curriculum for phase two. Phase two selected a group of church leaders from First Baptist Church of Theodore who met for five sessions to study the best practices of church planting and develop a church plant strategy for FBCT. Phase three completed the project as the church plant strategy team designed a strategy and a written narrative before presenting the proposal to the deacon body of FBCT. The results of the project enhanced the project director's knowledge of church planting and strategy development skills.

Equipping Powerful Evangelism Teams Implementing a Discipleship Program for the Mandarin-Speaking Lay Persons at South Edmonton Alliance Churcn

Author
Hubert P Chau
Abstract
Developing a church in the twenty-first century is a growing challenge. Making disciples becomes the paramount process of this search. Research is used to explore the theological rationale of the disciple-making mandate and establish the theoretical presuppositions in order to implement them in the context of a local church. This report reflects the process of training a group of laypeople to become spiritual mentors who are abale to produce other disciples. The project succeeded in preparing the church to make disciples for the future generations in order to faithfully respond to Jesus' call to the Great Commission.
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