Gifts, Spiritual

Indigenous African Demonic Deliverance and its Transference into Pentecostalism with Subsequent Refining: Ghana and its Diaspora as a Case Study

Author
Duane Sterling Sims M.A.
Abstract

This paper examines how the traditional Ghanaian worldview has been contextualized by grass-roots Christians in Ghana, and further by Ghanaian Pentecostals, and how this has been exported, adapted, and refined from Ghana across national and continental lines to its diaspora. I hope to address some key questions regarding Ghanaian deliverance practices (at home and abroad) and integrate my findings into ministry, whether to Africans or anyone. Some of these questions include: “What drives Ghanaians to seek deliverance? How have they, historically, sought to deal with the spirit realm? How do they currently seek to deal with it? What are some of the differences between a traditional Ghanaian understanding and that of a Ghanaian Pentecostal view?”

Training and Equipping the Urban Church for Missional Engagement Utilizing Fivefold Ministry Gift Curriculum

Author
Gregory Emmett Bell Sr
Abstract
Philadelphia urban church members may not be receiving adequate training on how to participate in the mission of God. According to secular and Christian research, church attendance is declining along with adherence to the teaching and application of Scripture. Statistical analysis of both Christian and secular research, demographic, and crime data confirm the researcher’s hypothesis that the urban churches of Philadelphia need a curriculum for missional engagement. Model Studies of two other ministry schools were also conducted and critiqued to glean from each institution’s experience. The research, literature review, and model studies were used to determine the best approach to perhaps produce supernatural results in the community. This applied research project examines the impact of a missional engagement curriculum designed for laypersons within a Philadelphia urban church, on the fivefold ministry gifts, also referred to by the writer as the five apportioned gifts of Christ. Scripture and other Christian literature were carefully examined to ensure understanding and acceptance of the gifts for today in the body of Christ. The students were taught how to function in their gift as part of a fivefold gift ministry team and complete a ministry project at the end of the semester.

Youth Ministry Planning Tool for Smaller Churches

Author
Nathan Opsata D.Min.
Abstract
This major project created a step-by-step process to help youth ministry leaders plan their youth ministry year. The planning tool was especially designed to guide volunteer-led teams of smaller churches through the planning process in a systematic and complete way by recognizing the strengths and limitations of smaller churches and volunteer leaders. The main deliverables of the step-by-step planning process were to evaluate existing programming, divide the leadership team according to gifting, and to develop a set of guiding documents, including a directory, programming calendar, weekly template with job descriptions, and teaching schedule.

Five smaller evangelical churches were given the tool prior to planning their programming. Interviewing leaders from these youth ministry teams revealed that the tool was helpful in each church, especially for evaluating the success of programming objectives and generating ideas of changes to make. However, the step-by-step process did not allow teams to easily select which components they wished to use and was difficult to adapt for solo-led youth ministries. Furthermore, some ministries and leaders resisted implementing the systems-approach, especially formal job descriptions, in their smaller, family-style ministries.

A course designed for Christian women unpacking the spiritual gifts for service

Author
Leonette Y Lewis
Abstract
This research project designed a spiritual gifts curriculum for Christian women. The project evaluated the effectiveness of a four-week seminar in educating Christian women on the topic of spiritual gifts. This course assisted the women in the discovery of their spiritual gifts and aided in identifying ministries in which they were gifted to serve. This course of study focused on spiritual gifts and their functions for women who may or may not have known of their spiritual gifts and may or may not have served in ministries or were serving in ministries outside of their spiritual giftedness in the church. By taking thirty Christian women, ages nineteen and older of various church denominations through this course of study, the women gained knowledge of spiritual gifts. A pre-test/post-test was administered to the students to gauge their knowledge of spiritual gifts before and following instruction. This data revealed an increase in knowledge of spiritual gifts. Also, a spiritual gifts assessment was administered to assist in the discovery of their spiritual gifts, and the one-on-one ministry interviews aided in identifying other ministries in which the women were able to serve.

The Application of Spiritual Gifts Training as a Tool in Team Leadership Development for Bi-Vocational Ministry at Light Church of Federal Way

Author
John Y Kamiya
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to build an effective lay leadership team for bi-vocational ministry at Light Church of Federal Way, Washington. With the application of Spiriutal Gifts training as a tool, a group of lay leaders will have identified their gift(s) to serve in the minstry. The purpose of the project is to teach, inspire, and form a team of leaders that will hsare in the minstry with the bi-vocational pastro to meet its potential in reaching to the members, as well as to the community of unbelievers.

Equipping Selected Members of First Baptist Church, Meeker, Oklahoma, to Enhance Their Spiritual Gifts

Author
Joseph L Jones
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of First Baptist Church, Meeker, Oklahoma, to develop and exercise their spiritual gifts. The project includes a series of sermons on the use of spiriutal gifts and how they are used in the body of Christ. The project director conducted a workshop for the selected members, which included an exit interview between each project member and the project director. The workshop, sermons, and the knowledge of the project director were evaluated by the following methods: pre-tests/post-tests, expert evaluations, and reflections on the elements involved.

As the Spirit leads: a study on United Methodist laity and how they decide where to serve in the local church

Author
Jeffrey A McDowell
Abstract
Christians seek God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. We believe God has equipped us to do work to this end, through local churches. What is often lacking is awareness of the divine call to specific areas of service. I used individual interviews, asking people about their experience in service and any sense of divine guidance, and followed each interview with an online assessment of spiritual gifts. There clearly is a correlation between service, divine guidance, and spiritual gifts. This project results in a simple, useable model for discernment of effective lay service to God.

Building Up the Body of Christ: Discerning the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany

Author
Ellen C Neufeld
Abstract
Expressions of what may be understood to be charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit are commonly used in many events sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, New York or by groups or parishes within this diocese. This thesis examines the extent to which this circumstance causes stress or even rifts in diocesan life and relationships. Biblical sources as well as historical and contemporary theological sources are used to illuminate the nature and application of principles for discerning spiritual gifts while a field study analyzes the aspects of the pastoral problem to understand its real nature and effects.

Living Our Strengths for Ministry

Author
Brian C Smith
Abstract
In response to the vocation of all Christians to share in Christ's ministry, the "Living Our Strengths for Ministry" project utilizes a workshop with participant action research methods to help participants identify and integrate their gifts for ministry. The workshop incorporates collaborative learning through a mini-lecture, individual reflection, small group discussion, role play, and focus group discussion. Participants explore their results from Gallup's StrengthsFinder assessment from a Christian perspective. Measurement tools include StrengthsFinder results, repeated Likert-style questionnaires, and semi-structured interviews. The research shows that a strengths-based workshop positively influences participants' ability to identify and integrate their gifts for ministry.

Integrating biblical teaching and organizational wisdom in the work of pastor-church relations, Christian Reformed Church in North America

Author
Cecil Van Niejenhuis
Abstract
This project addressed the lack of integration of biblical teaching in the work of pastor-church relations, Christian Reformed Church of North America. The goal was to demonstrate and encourage a thorough integration so that organizational wisdom might be informed, anchored and enriched by scriptural teaching. This goal was achieved through program development. The core biblical theme of hospitality was traced through Scripture, and juxtaposed with the four-lens approach of Bolman and Deal's Reframing organizations. Each of these lenses was linked to one of the four New Testament gift passages, and to the biblical theme of hospitality.
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