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From Joseph to Zaphnathpaaneah: A Theory and Practice of “Starting from Scratch” for Pastoral Leadership in Immigrant Churches
從約瑟到撒發那忒巴內亞:「從零開始」的移民教會教牧領導理論與實踐

Author
Yan Kwong Joshua Yeung M.Div.
Abstract
This paper is intended to explore Joseph’s life and career transformation. The phrase “from Joseph to Zaphnathpaaneah” includes situations like moving from his hometown to a foreign land, from having nothing to acquiring superior ability, skill, and maturity, thus accomplishing God’s plan for him, all "starting from scratch". When immigrant pastors come to North America and lead church of immigrants, they are, in a way, "starting from scratch". This paper further explores how immigrant pastors in churches of immigrants in North America can be a “Joseph” in their ministerial leadership by examining Joseph’s journey to become Zaphnathpaaneah, Egypt’s prime minister.

Mission Strategy of Chinese Urban House Churches

Author
Yunhong Xuan D.Min.
Abstract
This paper introduces the theory of ecosystem into missiology for the first time, and it puts forward the theory of mission ecosystem. The so-called theory of mission ecosystem refers to the healthy interaction among mission-driven church, mission-driven leaders, mission-driven disciples, missionaries, and mission strategies which form a system in world missions, thus establishing a complete mission ecosystem.
This paper emphasizes that God is the source of power in the entire mission ecosystem. Just as the energy of the natural ecosystem comes from the sun, the energy of the mission ecosystem comes from God. Missionary God is the core of mission, the driving force of mission, and the essence of mission. Missionary God is like the engine of the mission ministry. Only God-centered missions can receive a constant supply of missionary power.
This paper emphasizes that in the engineering of the mission ecosystem, the establishment of the mission-driven church, the cultivation of mission-driven leaders, the training of mission-driven disciples, the dispatching of mission-driven missionaries and the formulation of mission-driven strategy form a complete mission bio-chain. When the influence and interaction between them achieve a dynamic equilibrium, it enables effective world mission.
This paper provides strategies for establishing mission-driven church, cultivating mission-driven leaders, training mission-driven disciples, dispatching mission-driven missionaries and formulating mission-driven strategies.
Key Words: Mission Strategy, Missionary God, Missional Church, Missional Leader, Missional Discipleship, Missionary.

The 21st Century Spiritual Disciplines of Chinese Pastors in Metropolitan Toronto

Author
Wai Kei Lee D.Min.
Abstract
This study is intended to explore the importance of spiritual discipline of pastors regarding their ministry and inner spiritual life. Without building a strong relationship with Heavenly Father, one cannot easily stand firm when facing the challenges from work or temptations from the world especially in this postmodern 21st century metropolitan Toronto. Interviews with pastors who are held highly in reputation and have long lasting ministry experiences have been conducted. Their rich and real life sharings definitely will serve as a precious resource for this dissertation. A list of spiritual discipline practices that are relevant and suitable for current 21st century setting at metropolitan Toronto will be provided at final.

探討保羅在哥林多教會的衝突處理與權柄建立:
榮耀神的教牧實踐
An exploration from the Corinthian church on conflict resolution and authority building:
A God-glorifying pastoral practice.

Author
MANJUNG ABRAHAM TSAI D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis explores the relationship of pastoral authority and conflict resolution in a way that will glorify God, along with the process of building up such pastoral authority. Paul’s letters to the Corinthian Church contain specific events that provide realistic and historical material on which to base theological concepts regarding the resolution of conflict and the exercise of pastoral authority. Therefore, the researcher utilizes the perspective of equal and unequal powers in an organizational structure to analyze the conflicts in the Corinthian church. The investigation of these Scriptures is based on the presupposition that pastoral authority in conflict resolution needs to attain a certain level of competency and practice in three specific fields: adhering to pure biblical positions, pursuing mature spiritual character, and possessing excellent leadership skills.

Building Christian Family: From Understanding to Practice

Author
So Ying Chu D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis mainly explores believers' understanding and practices of establishing a Christian family. It also attempts to understand the real needs of believers’ family as well as to provide strategies for developing family ministry. Hopefully it will be used by churches as a reference for evaluating the needs of their own church congregation and using appropriate strategies in response to the problems. The solution to the faith-related problems faced by modern Christian families is to have the family move towards an authentic Christian life, so that they can overcome the challenge and become a witness for the glory of God.

北美華人中小型教會,
如何建造大使命導向的門徒訓練
Developing a Great-Commission Driven Discipleship Strategy in a Small to Mid-size North American Chinese Church

Author
Simon ChinWen Chen
Abstract
The purpose of this dissertation is to encourage small to mid-size North American Chinese churches to identify clearly their purpose, to be motivated by the Gospel, and to promote the global mission of discipleship. Using a quantified questionnaire-survey, this dissertation analyzes how church leaders view the existence of their churches and their relationship to the Great Commission.
This dissertation finds that there firstly needs to be a change of mindset. When there is a breakthrough in ideas, practice will follow suit. The next part presents a blueprint and strategy designed for church leaders to follow, aiming at promoting mindset change. The blueprint includes the structure, system, and execution of discipleship training with suggested practical lesson plans.
In conclusion, one of Jesus’s purposes on earth was to spread the Gospel to all people. His disciples were not only followers, but also people changers whose own lives were transformed first. When we clearly identify the meaning and mission of the church’s existence, we will see that the primary responsibility of the pastor is to cultivate and train disciples. When Jesus began ministering in the first century, He established a disciple-making team that changed and transformed the world. The story must live on by the great power of the Gospel and the eternal redemption according to His covenant of grace.

Senior Pastor Leadership and Mega Church Culture in Taiwan Theory and Practice

Author
Wei-Ling Liu
Abstract
This thesis is to explore the relationship between the senior pastor's leadership and the Mega church culture in Taiwan. The author used qualitative, social research methods and semistructured interviews were conducted. The data was collected from five churches in Taiwan that have over one thousand people attending worship services each week. Each of the five churches has a distinct church culture. The conclusion of the research is that the senior pastor can successfully shape church culture by having a clear vision, consistently passing on that vision, persisting in carrying out that vision, and being fully committed in leadership.

Christian Family Leadership Cultivation in the Application of Building up the Church

Author
LI TIANFENG
Abstract
This thesis focuses on the research and exploration of the cultivation of Christian family leadership in the application of building up the Church. This thesis contains five parts: Preface, Biblical and Theological foundation, Design of the Research, Findings and Solutions and Conclusions and Directions of the future. Part 1: Preface. It introduces the motivation and questions for the research topics. It points out that to establish and build up the Christian family is the calling of this generation and is the efficient strategy to withstand the attack of secularization. It asks the question of how to help the family foster and develop talented children for the Kingdom of God and how to help with continual growth of the church.Part II: Biblical and Theological foundation. This thesis is based on biblical theology and explores the purpose and significance of the family as established by GOD. It introduces the concept of establishing the Christian family and investigate the theory from the perspective of edification of the church, the growth of the church leadership and the concept of pilgrim family in combination of teachings in the bible. Part III: Design of the Research. The thesis illustrates the method and the design of the research. It uses the qualitative method by conducting in-depth interviews with five separate Pastors to collect data from which to make conclusions using the phenomenon analysis method. Part IV: Findings and Solutions. This part is based on Chapter II and Chapter III and categorizes the research findings to develop a systematic conclusion. It also provides practical solutions on how to encourage and cultivate the ministries of Christian family leadership in order to grow the church. It helps the church to be more efficient in pasturing the Christian families. Part V: Conclusions and Directions of the future. It confirms the mutual beneficial relationship between the church and the family and how they can positively influence each other. It provides a viable solution for church ministry and developing future generations for the Kingdom of God.This thesis provides new inspiration and methods for ministering new immigrant families from Mainland China. In addition to that, it should be one of the ministries of high importance by the house church in China. It will help the house church to grow steadily under persecution and also help the house church to pass down the faith to future generations and develop more talented leaders for the Kingdom of God.

Mission Strategy and Leadership Training A Missiological Study and Action Research for Diaspora Chinese Congregations in Ukraine

Author
Siu Fong Liu
Abstract
This dissertation is to design mission strategies and Leadership Training for the diaspora Chinese congregations in Ukraine. The methodology is action research. Data were collected with the use of participant-observation and in-depth interview. Data were interpreted through two cycles of action research and each cycle included identifying questions, collecting data and taking possible informed action. Through these steps strategies were developed and training program designed to equip the Chinese diaspora congregations in Ukraine. The findings and the leadership-training program for the Chinese congregations in Ukraine can be helpful reference for those engaging in ministry to the diaspora Chinese elsewhere.

How to Build a Healthy Church

Author
Peter P Jeng
Abstract
It was assumed that by combining the Church Survey of Natural Church Development and Beeson Church Health Questionnaire together, the evaluation of church health status could be more effective and objective. The purpose of this research is to validate this assumption. A medium/small Chinese Christian Church in North America was chosen to conduct this research. Besides these two tools, one on one interviews were also conducted with some key leaders of that church. It was found that the evaluating results from both tools and the interviews agreed with each other and the assumption of this research is also validated.
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