Georgia

The Impact of Preaching on Church Growth: Black Churches in The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church

Author
Yvette Denise Massey D.Min.
Abstract
This project addresses the question of whether good preaching can cause congregational growth. The location of the work was two Black churches in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church and included preaching a variety of sermons, followed by congregational research on the influence of the sermons on church growth. Through this project, the thesis on which this work was based, that church growth was a direct result of good preaching, changed to recognize that while preaching alone does not cause church growth, it is one of many significant factors in the decision to join a church. The project reveals that a comprehensive church system that includes elements such as preaching, outreach, nurture, Christian education, evangelism, and worship, is necessary to impact congregational growth.

Developing a church revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Thomson, Georgia

Author
David A Lambert
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Thomson, Georgia. The project director first researched methods and principles in developing church revitalization strategies and identified ten best practices. Second, the director researched the demographics of the community to identify the needs and concerns of those within the church’s sphere of ministry. Third, the project director identified the major revitalization needs of the church through an internal analysis of the church’s vision, ministries, programs, and structures.

Based on this research, the director then led a strategic revitalization team, comprised of a representative selection of twenty church members, through a fourteen-session strategy development process. The team members were equipped to understand and work through the ten best practices of church revitalization, as identified by the project director as well as engaged in the process of strategically planning the church’s revitalization strategy. Finally, the project director presented both the project’s research findings and the team’s revitalization strategy proposal to the membership of the First Baptist Church, Thomson, Georgia, for adoption.

Equipping selected members of First Baptist Church of Duluth, Georgia, with personal evangelism skills to reach Hindu Indians

Author
Charlottee Kumar
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of First Baptist Church of Duluth, Georgia, with personal evangelism skills to reach Hindu Indians. To accomplish this, the project director first conducted research in Hindu theology, religion, culture, traditions, and rituals. She conducted several interviews with Indian pastors, Indian Christian workers and came to understand the importance of teaching the American believers about Hindus, Hindu religion and culture, and providing them easy tools for evangelism.

During the research, the project director came across a curriculum called “Love Your Neighbor” by Cathy Douglass, a missionary for Campus Crusade for Christ, also known as Cru. Campus Crusade for Christ is a ministry that reaches the unreached people group through the Jesus Film in different languages. Ms. Douglass’s Love Your Neighbor curriculum focuses on how to evangelize Hindus and win them for the Lord Jesus Christ. She is the author and trainer for this seminar. The project director came alongside Ms. Douglass and taught a few sessions during the seminar. Those who attended the seminar also had an opportunity to visit a Hindu temple and witness the Hindu way of worship.

Developing a Multicultural ministry Strategy for one Heart Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia

Author
Stephen S Yuh
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop a multicultural ministry strategy for one Heart Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia. For this multicultural ministry strategy development model, the project director first studied the areas of professional strategic planning and development, and studied the practical application cases for multicultural ministry in order to establish and develop general strategic planning. Second, through the process of studies, the project director identified a theoretical basis for the local church to actively participate in the multicultural ministry, and developed a specific multicultural ministry strategy that can be applied in the present situation of the church. Third, the project director presented a developed multicultural ministry strategy for approval to a selected group of leaders of One Heart Baptist Church.

It also reflected the objective evaluation of experts on the achievement of the proposed ministry goals and professional goals for this project. Lastly, the project director had made suggestions for good practice through analysis and reflections after the preparation, implementation and evaluation process for this multicultural ministry strategy development model.

Equipping selected teachers of the Georgia Baptist Convention Hispanic churches in best Bible teaching practices for children

Author
Lucinda S Lyons
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected teachers of the Georgia Baptist Convention Hispanic churches in best Bible teaching practices for children. First the project director researched the field to determine best practices for teaching theology to children, and then developed a curriculum. The project director presented the curriculum in an all-day training session. The training session included: (1) teaching methodologies based on Deuteronomy, (2) questions carefully worded to help children discover the Bible message, and (3) a model for discovering biblical truth, developed to help both the teacher and the students identify the doctrinal elements in the bible passage being studied and for creative, practical ways to apply the doctrine in daily life. An expert in biblical and theological studies reviewed the research and an annotated bibliography on which the curriculum was designed, and a curriculum expert approved the lesson plans. Rev. Tim Millwood, as field mentor, discussed the project prior to the implementation, attended the project implementation, and provided feedback on the project and its impact. The stages of the project development, results, evaluation, and reflection complete the project report.

Developing a strategy to transition Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia, to a multicampus approach

Author
Ronald Scott Harris
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop a strategy to transition Hopewell Baptist church, Gainesville, Georgia, to a multicampus approach. At the present time, Hopewell is a land locked, large church meeting on one campus in an older part of Gainesville, Georgia. The vision of the project director is that this large church will embrace this strategy in order to reach more people in the growing community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The project director carried this project out in four steps. Step one was to explore the demographics of a five, ten, and twenty-mile radius of the church's current location. Step two was to explore existing multicampus models in order to obtain best practices. The third step was to develop a strategy for Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia, to employ a multicampus approach. The final step was to present the strategy to the leadership team of Hopewell Baptist Church for approval.

DEVELOPING AN EDUCATOR EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, SUWANEE, GEORGIA, FOR KOREAN DIASPORA CHURCHES

Author
Abraham SeongHee Han
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research the Korean diaspora, the Korean diaspora churches, their church education and leadership system, and the curriculum in order to develop a curriculum for the re-education of church education leaders in the New Life Baptist Church in Suwanee, Georgia, USA. To achieve this goal, the project director worked in the following way. First, the meaning and contents of diaspora, church, and leadership were explored based on the Bible. Second, the selected literature on American community, Korean diaspora community, Korean diaspora church, church leadership, and curriculum were carefully studied. Third, the project director did unintentional participant observation and (unintentionally and intentionally) interviewed the New Life Baptist Church and its community. Fourth, he listened to the faculty and field mentors, church education specialists and the persons concerned, and curriculum specialists and lifelong education experts. Fifth, a list of annotated bibliographies was created, and a five-session curriculum was developed. Sixth, the project director reflected on the promotion of his own knowledge and curriculum development skills on the subject of the project. Seventh, the project director revised some of the annotated bibliographies generated by himself based on the quantitative and qualitative evaluation opinions of the church education experts on the curriculum. As a result of this project research, a single, annotated bibliography was created and a curriculum was developed for the re-education of church education leaders in the New Life Baptist Church in Suwanee, Georgia. The result of this project, including the findings of this project, will contribute to the transformation of the Korean Diaspora Church into a church that is not generationally separate, but worshipping God, serving the communities and the nations, and teaching and learning together with all the generations.

Equipping selected adult Bible teachers at First Baptist Church, Moultrie, Georgia, in sunday school best practices

Author
Keith M Stewart
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to equip selected adult Bilble study teachers at First Baptist Church, Moultrie, Georgia, in Sunday school best practices. The project director developed eight Sunday school best practices from a survey for the "2012 Georgia's Fastest Growing Sunday Schools." The project director developed the survey results into a training curriculum and enlisted and trained a group of adult Sunday school leaders in a workshop held over four weeks. The project resulted in thirty-three sunday school leaders being equipped in Sunday school best practices.

Enhancing the project director's pastoral preaching skills at Suwanee Korean Baptist Church, Suwanee, Georgia, in order to increase the congregation's awareness of spiritual maturity

Author
Yeon Kyong Chung D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's skills in pastoral preaching in order to increase the congregation's awareness of spiritual maturity. In order to do this, the project director researched sermons and created a sermon model. The project directory created eight part model sermons to his congregation during Sunday worship. A group of experts assessed the model sermons and their assessments were used to determine the sermons’ effect and reach. From the research and assessments the project director was able to find the key factors of sermon skills and made a plan to improve sermon skills. He also looked at the before and after of the congregation’s spiritual awareness to find changes and made that the focus of his results. Through all of this, the project director was able to find ways to enhance self-improvement and sermon skills.

Equipping selected married couples of First Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia, with essential marriage communication skills

Author
Brooks Lindsey D.Min.
Abstract
God intended for the marriage relationship to be the foundation of the Christian home. A biblical love relationship between husband and wife should provide the clearest picture of communication. If the partners have established good communication with each other during their engagement and have discussed the type of roles each expects to play, then the adjustments should be easier and the partners should be able to be more patient and understanding with each other when mistakes are made. The purpose of this project is to equip selected married couples of First Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia, with essential marriage communication skills. The project director will accomplish this by researching basic marriage communication skills, developing a workshop to equip the selected married couples, and equipping the selected couples with essential communication skills within the context of marriage.
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