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Love to Tell the Story: The Benefits of Engaging with a Church's History to Strengthen Its Identity for the Present and Future

Abstract
It is easy to be distraught over the current state of churches in America—less money, less people, and more closures. It is a crisis of survival and also identity. So this project helps a congregation see a bigger picture. By helping a church discover, engage with, and celebrate its history, it strengthens a sense of identity in the present, and better positions the church to walk into its future. Through proven techniques of narrative therapy and Family Systems Theory, this project leads a congregation to increase in self-awareness, emotional maturity, and a knowledge of its own story. By knowing its past, it can better plan its future.

Discernment in the Life of the Church

Abstract
To discern is to commune with God. Communion with God occurs through faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ brings the Holy Spirit’s presence into one’s life. This allows the created to supernaturally experience its existence from the Creator’s perspective.

Discernment is concerned with acknowledging, contemplating, processing, understanding and responding as one realizes God’s existence in their life and existence throughout all creation. This project focuses on how the body of Christ can discern God’s will so that individually and collectively followers of Jesus can best live into the realities of Jesus’ mission and ministry.

Establishing A First-Time Bereavement Ministry to Families in the Rural Tri-County Area in Southeast Virginia

Author
Nancy B Moore
Abstract
The need for a first time grief and bereavement program was born from the vision of the local funeral director and the author. Grieving friends and clients living in the rural tri-county area of southeast Virginia were at a loss when it came to finding local grief support group or classes. As a result, this project in ministry began through the commitment of the funeral home to extend their services to include the care and nurture for the bereaved.

Connecting Church and Community The Ministry of Presence as a Community Pastor

Author
Cynthia R Bolden
Abstract
This ministry project assisted a local church in going outside its walls into the neighborhood in order to connect with the community. A primary objective was to embody sacred presence in the community. Another objective was to discover principles, practices, language, and metrics for the ministry of presence. The project was rooted in the practices of table fellowship, spiritual formation, and engagement with the Other through invitational conversation, acts of charity, and hospitality. The project offers insight for implementing and measuring relational and community ministry, particularly with millennials; it also explores the role of community pastor.

Relational Christian Education: A theology and repertoire for teaching obedience to the commands of Christ

Author
Lawrence Cole
Abstract
How is the church to fulfill Christ's mandate to teach obedience to all he has commanded? From the Great Commission of Matt. 28:18-20 disciples are mandated to teach relational Christian education. Historically church leadership has been negligent in understanding this mandate. As derived from the Great Commandment in Matt. 22:35-40, Christian education is to teach obedience based on relations more than regulations. These relations originate from the Godhead's trinitarian relationships. Using James Fowler's faith development framework because of its relational qualities, a repertoire (program of action), rather than a taxonomy, was designed to provide relational goals for the teacher and learner.

Helping First Baptist Church of Independence, Virginia address the issue of poverty by engaging in community development ministry through a specific business as a mission project

Author
Matthew L Storie
Abstract
First baptist Church of Independence, Virginia worked to address the issue of poverty in its rural community by engaging in community development through a specific business as a mission project. BAM is a unique approach to missions that seeks to address the spiritual, social and economic needs of those in poverty. First Baptist began a BAM jewelry company, Grayson Gems, in which participants handcrafted jewelry. The goals were to provide financial, spiritual and emotional resources through the sale of jewelry creations, spiritual engagement and the building of genuine community.

Moving from fear to faith: cultivating a culture of ministry opportunities to improve race relations at Westfield Baptist Church

Author
Christopher S Dawson
Abstract
Moving from Fear to Faith is an attempt to cultivate a church culture where genuine ministry opportunities are used to engage one's neighbor. This journey should be considered in every church. It is a process that can help a church face its fears and discover a renewed faith in God's Holy Spirit to make a positive impact in the community it serves by continually reaching out to people who are different. The key is for the church to meet the needs of others and be genuine in its ministry efforts to show the love of God.

Women in ministry: a journey for social, biblical and leadership growth

Author
Charity B Roberson
Abstract
This project created a program to encourage women in church leadership by providing leadership development, biblical study and community. The biblical research focused on the household code, texts that have been used to call for the silence of women and a philosophy of reading scripture that elevates the conversation above a war over isolated scriptures. The historical research provided evidence of women serving in church leadership throughout the history of the early church. Through individual coaching, retreats and book study, Baptist women from Virginia in the program all gained clarity of their calling and leadership style.

Intentional discipleship: a ministry designed for Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church to fulfill the command of Christ

Author
Bradford R Williamson
Abstract
To enable churches to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20), this study proposes the employment of an Intentional Discipleship Ministry. Building on knowledge relative to biblical teachings, historical church discipleship, and contemporary literature on this subject, this study advocates the use of three phases of teaching to accomplish this goal. These are the study of a contemporary catechism; the development of Life Groups that incorporate Bible study, fellowship, and service; and a mentoring ministry that pairs spiritually older believers with spiritually younger believers. The findings suggest that awareness and transformation do result from intentional efforts to disciple believers.

Compiling, creating, and using alternative lectionaries and shaping a disciples' lectionary, worship, ministry, and mission around the Lord's Table

Author
Laura Mae Johnson
Abstract
To increase biblical literacy, the author proposes that preachers supplement the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) with addendums or abandon it for better alternatives, such as the Narrative Lectionary. This report establishes the rationale for alternatives, summarizes lectionary history, lists and evaluates alternates, and provides two of the author's own lectionaries, Route 66, which explores a non-RCL passage in each book of the Bible, and the Progressive Dinner Lectionary, which highlights table scenes in the Bible. This preaching project follows the Progressive Dinner Lectionary while the author organizes the ministries and missions of the local church around the Lord's Supper theme.
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