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Effects of a Multifaceted Approach to Leadership Development on a Select Number of Potential

Author
Byron C Fultz D.Min.
Abstract
The thesis was to assess the effects of a multifaceted approach to leadership development, utilizing instruction, experience or observation, skills practice, and coaching/mentoring. Assessments before and after were administered, focusing on perceptions, understanding and receptivity to the prospect of lending or moving toward leadership utilizing a small group environment, the 12 week project explored core ideas in Biblical leadership, studies on Jesus' development of the Twelve, philosophy and approach to ministry & leadership, and character in leadership. Participants shared in the group experience, met individually with the researcher, took turns facilitating the group, and reflected on their experience in individual interviews following the study. Results of the project reflected appreciable progress in positive perception of leadership, in grasping the Biblical understanding of leadership, and in open-ness to the prospect of leading/moving into or toward leadership

Discipleship in a Disney Culture: The Effect of Christian Self-Denial on Perceived Delight in Jesus and Others

Author
Joel Van Soelen D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to test the hypothesis that a six-week small group focused on
Christian self-denial, in loving God and others, would lead to an increase in perceived delight in
Jesus and others among members of Anaheim Christian Reformed Church in Anaheim, CA.
Self-denial is a key component in living as a disciple of Jesus. The research identified
consumerism as an obstacle. Self-denial in the writings of Augustine, John Calvin, and Timothy
Keller were researched. Small group participants learned about the role of self-denial in the
Christian life and completed assignments to help them grow in their relationship with God and
others through Christian self-denying practices. A mixed methods approached was utilized to
assess the effectiveness of the project. Quantitative data showed a significant increase in
happiness from pretest to post-test. Qualitative data evidenced a change in thinking in regards to
the positive nature of self-denial in the Christian life through journal entries and from pre-interview to post-interview responses. The conclusion of the project revealed the positive view of
Christian self-denial in discipleship, the vital nature of small groups, and the importance of
reflection to encourage delight Jesus and others.

The Effect of Preaching God's Mission in the Workplace

Author
Joseph Warrington D.Min.
Abstract
Thesis: A twelve week sermon series on God's mission would change the attitude (feeling) and practice (frequency) of mission in the workplace of members of Grace Church.
Research method: A mixed methods approach that utilized two open set surveys as well as participation in staggered focus groups, and interviews all designed to determine the defectiveness of the intervention.
The conclusion reached in the study conformed the intervention increased the participant's attitude (feelings) towards God's mission in the workplace. It also confirmed that the intervention increased the behavior (frequency) of the participant's in activities that promote God's mission in the workplace.

THE DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF AN EIGHT-WEEK, SMALL GROUP-BASED BIBLE STUDY COURSE FOR MARRIED COUPLES SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP

Author
David Alan Shaffer D.Min.
Abstract
This project seeks to answer the research question, “Does an eight-week, small group-based Bible study course for married couples strengthen the marriage relationships of its participants?” Today’s most effective marriage programs focus on important themes relevant to marriage and include transparency, a biblical foundation, and gentle accountability. Still, the question follows, “What comes next to further strengthen marriages?” This project answers this question with a process-based Bible study that, because of its design, strengthens the marriage relationship with improved communication, conflict resolution, and increased overall marital satisfaction (the three measures of this project). This methodology includes weekly individual study, couple discussion, and small group interaction.
Through the use of pre- and post-course surveys, the couples who participated in a study of Galatians provided ample quantitative research that yielded group, couples, and gender statistics. The couples’ data was measured by Positive Couple Agreement (PCA), which identifies couples’ responses as a relational strength when they choose the same response or are within one choice of each other (4 [agree] or 5 [strongly agree] on a positively worded statement, 2 [disagree] or 1 [strongly disagree] on a negatively worded statement).
The researcher designed Galatians: True Freedom – A Small Group Study for Couples to implement the new methodology to be evaluated. The quantitative data based on the pre- and post-course surveys provided the means to prove whether the three measures strengthened the marriages of the participating couples. The data supports the veracity of all three hypotheses (improved communication, improved conflict resolution, and increased overall marital satisfaction), showing strong growth in each measure, most notably with communication. These results led to the research conclusion: Yes, the methodology used in this eight-week, small group-based Bible study course for married couples developed for this applied research project did strengthen the marriage relationships of its participants.

Practicing faith together : Messy Church and disciple formation

Author
Johannah G. Myers
Abstract
How can the foundation of Messy Church be used to create discipleship groups where all ages practice faith together at Aldersgate United Methodist Church? In order to make disciples, churches must create space for all ages to apprentice faith together. The author engaged educational theories and Jesus' own example, specifically researching apprenticeship as a model for learning faith. The author developed intergenerational small groups using the values and model of Messy Church. The project suggests that Messy Church provides a solid foundation for creating space for all ages to practice faith together.

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Intergenerational faith education through death and preparation education

Author
Seongyong Lee
Abstract
Death is a place where everything appears. No one can hide before death or demonstrate oneself. Hence, it may be more fearful. In the present age, we try to forget the word, death. Christianity, however, has constantly been speaking of beating death, and even more so than victory, it has been talking about the work bearing new fruit through death. The modern church has told such words of salvation but has not accepted into its heart – where a place to accept faith. The author tries to find the following in his ministry setting: the reason why we must think of death, a new perspective of seeing death, experiences facing death, a life of self-denying and carrying one’s cross through participation in death, and the biblical teachings of productive death as a grain of wheat falls into the earth, dies, and bears much fruit.

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A study on the worship to form Christian faith and fellowship in military church : focused on symbols-participation-communication worship

Author
Joo Song Kim
Abstract
While serving at his church, the author discovered three problems commonly found in military churches, which are the loss of the experience of grace, lack of deep fellowship, and misunderstanding of the gospel. The author proposes that encouraging participation and communication using small groups and religious symbols would alleviate these problems within the military church. Therefore, the author attempted a six-week worship project using the four elements of early church worship as a basis. Five symbols were used as key parts of the worship to encourage independent participation and immersion during worship.

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A study in the renewal of the class meeting : by the prayer school and the Bible reading

Author
Jae-poong Kim
Abstract
In the midst of keeping an eye on the Class Meeting - though given as the crucial means of grace within the Methodist Church - being increasingly formalized and fossilized, this researcher came to reach a keen awareness of the necessity for their renewal. Accordingly, on the theological basis of the Class Meeting - as little churches in a church, in its relation to Methodist Connectionalism, and as the means of grace - this research was committed to an attempt to renew the Class Meeting - namely, the prudential means of grace - by searching the Scripture and prayer, which are Wesley’s instituted means of grace, along with its application to the Class Meeting within Sillim First Methodist Church. As the result, it was found that renewal of the Class Meeting actually took place and participating members of the church experienced God’s grace in the Class Meeting and achieved spiritual growth by New Testament Reading and Prayer School Project.

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The theological, personal and pastoral identity of the military chaplain

Author
Anthony J. Hunley
Abstract
Cultivating and sustaining one’s theological, personal, and pastoral identity while serving in the religiously and culturally diverse environment of the military is critical to the success of the mission and the chaplain. Utilizing John Wesley’s Class Meeting model, the author constituted a provisional Chaplain Covenant Group as one tool to support chaplains in their identity efforts. This Project Paper shares the foundations and story of that group; along with recommendations for implementation of this successful initiative as other military chaplains seek to defend themselves against spiritual warfare, bolster their identity, and live out their calling to serve God and country.

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Ellsworth Human Performance Team : utilizing Jesus' sending of the disciples to better care for airmen

Author
Ronald L. Feeser Jr.
Abstract
This paper researched the applicability of Jesus' method of sending disciples out in pairs to the outreach utilized by Helping Agencies in the United States Air Force. The author examined the theology and practicality of establishing a local Human Performance Team. This construct changed the outreach to better reach and care for Airmen. Analysis suggests that this method positively affected the ability of agencies to support members and be responsive to crises. Additionally, it indicates that the application of this model has a positive effect on the community by reducing the overall number of crisis and emergency counseling sessions.

[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.]
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