Retreats

Lowering the Anxiety Level of the Participants of The First Baptist Church, Morganton, NC

Author
Tyler P. Roach D.Min.
Abstract
This project was developed for the purpose of lowering the anxiety level of the participants of the First Baptist Church, Morganton, NC. It will be accomplished by providing a baseline awareness of their anxiety level and introducing tools to bring their baseline down. The tools used were Bible stories, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Family Systems Theory, and centering prayer. The tools were presented in the form of a Friday night and Saturday morning retreat. Data was collected in three different ways. The Beck Anxiety Inventory was used during the retreat to track baseline anxiety. An essay questionnaire was given a month after the retreat to gain progress and engagement. Finally, six months out from the retreat, a survey using a Likert scale of 1-10 was submitted by the participants. The conclusion was favorable and with some adjustments could be used, at least in part, with other groups.

As long as ever you can : seeking sabbath and life work balance for the pastor in the Wesleyan tradition

Author
Kelly L. Grimes
Abstract
Pastors are hardworking people. Although it is a blessing to be the priest and prophet of your local congregation and community, it can also be stressful. Consequently, there are times where pastors miss the opportunity of living a more fulfilling life through Sabbath and life-work balance. The biblical and Wesleyan traditions offer solutions to this challenge as pastors respond to God’s call of dedicated service through ministry. When pastors connect with their biblical and Wesleyan traditions and they are supported by their church community, pastors are better equipped to live a more well-rounded life.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Called to be wholy : loving God with our whole selves

Author
Rachel Radeline Gonia
Abstract
Clergy person are not healthy in wholistic ways. This paper examined whether pastors who engage in examining their own health through a wholistic framework while also establishing or strengthening a health ministry within in their congregations would increase their self-care. The pastors participated in a Day Apart and/or a covenant group. Their health measures were compared to those who did not participate in anything. The analysis suggests that pastors who participated in covenant groups and the day apart did increase their health measures while the connection to congregational health ministries was not clearly established.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Discovery of How Pilgrimage on The Way of Saint James in Northern Spain Affects Spiritual Healing

Author
Leslie Oden McNamara
Abstract
Discovery of How Pilgrimage on the way of Saint James in Northern Spain Affects Spiritual Healing:

The purpose of this discovery project was to discover the level of healing that participating in the pilgrimage known as The Way of Saint James, in Northern Spain, had on a group of self-selected individuals. The participants were surveyed using an online assessment tool through a website called Survey Monkey. The eighty-five self-selected individuals responded to the assessment instrument after they completed the journey. The results suggest that the pilgrimage journey changed the participant's general outlooks on life and fulfilled unmet emotional needs or core longings.

A Resource Created for Formational Prayer in the Training of Salvation Army Cadets

Author
David E Antill
Abstract
A Resource Created for Formational Prayer in the Training of Salvation Army Cadets:
The project's purpose was to create a resource on formational prayer that will equip cadets at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training to lead people in the formational prayer experience. The scope of research included biblical, theological, historical and contemporary writings on formational prayer. The project's design included the development of a curriculum reviewed by a panel of experts.
The results reveal that synthesizing Terry Wardle's formational prayer work with Salvation Army beliefs and practices produces useful material for training in formational prayer ministry. The most prominent finding recognized the curriculum's use of community in formational prayer.

The Role of Storytelling as a Pathway to Healing in Retreat Settings for High School Youth

Author
Julie Michelle Welborn D.Min.
Abstract
The topic of this thesis-project is the role of storytelling as a pathway to healing in retreat settings for high school youth. The thesis to be tested suggests that when personal narratives are coupled with biblical narratives, that a new and healthier narrative can emerge; and, especially to examine more clearly any inherent dangers in storytelling; and to explore what appropriate follow-up needs to be designed in the aftermath of such storytelling. This thesis-project takes in depth look at the role of story, Scripture, and the experiences of storytelling from adults who have facilitated retreats, along with adults who have participated on retreats while in high school.

Encountering God’s Healing Through Holistic Spiritual Formation

Author
Caleb Aaron Smith D.Min.
Abstract
This portfolio begins by way of a spiritual autobiography to explore how the Lord has introduced me to different kinds of beauty, in an effort to bring about transformative beauty in my own life. These include the beauty of nature, as I grew up in New Zealand; the beauty of people that I worked or worshiped with in South Africa; but also, the unexpected beauty of pain and struggle, that I experienced in Chicago IL. In each of these places, I find the Lord forming and shaping me, but also bringing healing, for the fear and anxiety which I had experienced for much of my life.
The next chapter in the format of a spiritual formation manual, then explores five dimensions of spiritual formation and healing and is geared especially for believers who similarly struggle with anxiety. Paul identifies three of these dimensions in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, where he refers to the “sanctification of body, soul and spirit.” The dimensions of community (or the social dimension) and further, nature or God’s creation are also explored.
My final chapter, by way of a field research report, then places further emphasis on the dimension of nature, through a spiritual practice called Scripture and Nature Immersion (SNI). Following my research, I suggest that SNI can assist with the following: 1. redirecting participants thoughts from rumination of adverse situations to meditating on the Lord and his various divine attributes; 2. aiding participants in changing their negative emotions and moods into positive ones.

Equipping selected men of Perdido Bay Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida, in biblical competencies for men's ministry

Author
Lonny E Hughes
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip selected men of Perdido Bay Baptist Church in biblical competencies for men's ministry. The project produces a clear definition of authentic, biblical manhood and lays a foundation for a successful ministry to men. Through research, biblical competencies of ministry to men are identified, a strategic plan to initiate men's ministry is developed, and a men's ministry leadership retreat is planned and implemented with a select group of men. By utilizing the research and considering the unique culture of Perdido Bay Baptist Church, a curriculum is developed for the weekend men's leadership retreat. Professionally, the project director increased in the knowledge of authentic, biblical manhood, men's ministry, and retreat planning.

Rest for weary souls a retreat model for spiritual caregivers in the aftermath of disaster

Author
Donna L Patterson
Abstract
Clergy and lay ministers are often called upon to provide spiritual support following natural and human-caused disasters. Serving others in the intensity of the trauma and long-term recovery of a disaster can take a physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional toll on caregivers. A retreat was established for spiritual caregivers to be part of a supportive community of others with similar experience of disaster caregiving. Spiritual caregivers were given the opportunity to explore their own experiences and feelings in a comfortable, safe environment and inviting format. This paper serves to describe how retreats can be valuable experiences of rest and renewal for spiritual caregivers.

Overcoming the Storm Using Photovoice in Spiritual Retreats for African American Women Healing from Sexual Violence

Author
Argrow K Evans-Ford
Abstract
"Overcoming the Storm: Using Photovoice in Spiritual Retreats for African American Women Healing from Sexual Violence" was a study to determine if using the systematic visual research method, photovoice, assists the survivors with healing within a spiritual retreat setting. Six self-identified survivors participated in a three-week Overcoming the Storm (OtS) support group focused on healing from sexual violence. Healing was defined as overcoming an undesirable condition and restoring wholeness. Healing was also related to the participants' relationships with the God of love and was directly connected to their use and interpretation of the Christian Bible. One year after the OtS support group sessions, I, as the researcher/retreat leader, gave cameras to the six participants and instructed them to take photographs on the theme of "sexual violence and healing in your life" in preparation for participation in a spiritual retreat. Through the photovoice process, women captured images of dozens of healing aides in their lives, and seven common themes arose: children/grandchildren, Scripture, prayer, plants, the OtS support group, journaling, and nature. Children/grandchildren and Scripture were seen as the two most important healing elements for all six of the women. Prayer, plants, and the OtS support group came in second for all except one participant. Journaling and nature came in third place for two participants. In tandem with the photovoice exercise, I guided the survivors through a series of questions aimed at assisting them further in their healing journeys. Pre-retreat questionaires, post-retreat questionnaires, and retreat transcripts provided data for determining the effectiveness of using the photovoice method. The data supported my conclusion that photovoice was effective in the healing process for African American female survivors of sexual violence.
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