Group ministry

Disciple-making: Key Ingredients for Building God’s Kingdom

Author
Sidney Wes Emory Sr D.Min.
Abstract
The first century Church was founded in response to the disciple-making processes of Jesus. His disciples were transformed by following Jesus in a way that obedience, transformation, community, education, worship, and the expansion of God’s kingdom became the central themes of their lives.
This study addressed the need to understand the disciple-making process found in Scripture in a way that will yield the results that are found in the Book of Acts primarily those found in Acts 2:42-47.
Christian churches of every denomination, tradition, model, and size have been called to make disciples. The Scripture, literature, interviews, and surveys researched in this project were designed to discover transferrable suggestions that could focus all believers on the results of following the plans of God to build his kingdom using the process of disciple-making.
The results of the project revealed that the key to building the kingdom of God is found in the practices and plans of the ultimate disciple-maker, Jesus. It recommends having the correct mindset in of making disciples a part of everyday life, creating a deeper understanding of the worship of God, living relationally connected to other people in a process of becoming more like Christ, and focusing on God first in everyday life

A Resource for the Ohio District of the Brethren Church

Author
Richard G Hagopian
Abstract
A Resource for the Ohio District of the Brethren Church by Richard Hagopian:
The purpose of the project was to create a resource from Smoky Row Brethren Church's structure that could serve as an effective guide for the sustainability of other Brethren Churches in the Ohio District of the Brethren Church, The design of this project included a resource entitled A Manual of Congregational Renewal, which was distributed to and assessed by recognized Brethren leaders in Ohio. The results of the project revealed that the resource can, with some equivocation, be agreed to by the respondents as achieving its purpose.


Rethinking leadership model of Protestant churches in Wenzhou (1867-2015)

Author
Shengli Pan
Abstract
The focus of this dissertation is the leadership model. From 1867 to 1952, missionaries provided leadership to Wenzhou churches in the form of pastoral leadership to individual congregations. By contrast, contemporary churches of Wenzhou have been adhering to a system of patriarchal administration over a number of congregations, including the assignment of volunteer lay-preachers who are not expected to carry out any pastoral duties. This model of church leadership is found to have many problems that hindered the development of churches. The purpose of this dissertation is to explore how to build up pastoral leadership in Wenzhou. The emphasis of pastoral leadership is for pastors to lead and nurture churches. Through their leadership, preaching, pastoral care, visitation, teaching, counseling, discipleship training, evangelism, etc., they enable their flocks to grow spiritually. Since churches in Wenzhou are unique in their geography and history, it is impracticable to import entirely western modes of pastoral leadership into Wenzhou. The author has to integrate these two so as to produce contextualized modes of pastoral leadership suitable for the future development of Wenzhou churches.

Church planting team leadership: balancing the demands of the church planting task and team care

Author
Craig S Querfeld
Abstract
The study sought to determine leadership practices of a missionary church planting team leader that result in accomplishing the church planting task and caring for team. Members and leaders from twenty-one missionary church planting teams filled out an email questionnaire consisting of ten questions, five related to accomplishing the church planting task and five related to caring for the team. The responses were analyzed and categorized. The researched revealed four leadership practices: training and teaching, leading team meetings, organizational practices, and relational practices that strengthen the relationships in the team.

Radical hospitality: practicing God's welcome as the other in but out in a cross-racial and cross-cultural appointment and the effect on pastoral leadership and congregational life

Author
Young Ok Park
Abstract
This project addressed an urgent need of best practices of radical hospitality, God's welcome, at First United Methodist Church of Freeport in the Northern Illinois Conference. As its pastor, the author taught the congregation the best practice of radical hospitality, and instituted generational transition for 2014 church leadership. The hospitality ministries team was created. In eighteen months' practice and teaching of radical hospitality, most key leaders are now younger, relatively new, or more engaging. The hospitality and shepherding ministry team actively practices radical hospitality for the congregation. The congregation has been appreciative of the new culture of hospitality. Pastoral leadership reveals God's welcome that is playful and artful.

Equipping site pastors within multi-site congregations

Author
Jason D Bunger
Abstract
The aim of this project is to equip teaching pastors in multi-site congregations to preach live messages at each individual site that are consistent with the biblical text, congruent with one another and contextualized for the local venue. In addition to surveying the written literature of successful leaders within multi-site ministry, the research also included interviews with leaders from several growing multi-site churches. Included is a seminar that can be used by ministry leaders who wish to investigate a multi-site ministry strategy, develop or evaluate potential site pastors within this model, or simply improve the effectiveness of a teaching team.

Developing peacemaking teams in selected churches of Shasta Baptist Association

Author
John Bohrer
Abstract
Conflict occurs in all churches. It becomes a serious issue when churches do not deal with it correctly. The project intended to encourage churches to establish and implement a policy of conflict resolution. The training aided the churches in developing peacekeeping teams that could deal effectively with conflict. The goal is to assist the churches in conflict resolution training so that they will approach conflict correctly before it becomes a serious problem.

Equipping selected leaders of First Baptist Church, Wooster, Arkansas, in small group effectiveness

Author
Matthew B Pryor
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip a selected group of leaders at First Baptist Church, Wooster, Arkansas, in small group effectiveness. The project director developed a training workshop utilizing input and research from experts in small group ministry. The first phase of the project involved research in effective small group ministry. Various books, articles, and web resources aided research. The second phase included the development of lesson plans for a five-session workshop with evaluation forms, tests, PowerPoint, and homework assignments. The five sessions covered clarifying the need of small groups, understanding small group dynamics, developing leaders, ministry multiplication, and insight into leading effective small groups. The final phase of the project involved the implementation of the workshop sessions and assignments. The project director equipped 15 selected leaders of First Baptist Church in essential truths of small group effectiveness. The workshop occurred on two consecutive weekends with the first four sessions occurring on Saturday and the final session occurring Sunday of the second weekend.

Equipping team leaders at Creekside Community Church, Elizabeth, Colorado in team building skills

Author
Eugene A Small
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip team leaders known as the Spiritual Leadership Team in the training, recruiting, and retention of volunteers. The project will be accomplished by enlisting evaluators and field experts, completing research on the subject material, developing teaching sessions, training team leaders, and evaluating the project. The project will equip members of the Spiritual Leadership Team and selected potential church leaders to build effective ministry teams within the church.
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