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Transition of Leadership: A Guide to Assist Southern Baptist Churches and Pastoral Leaders in Preparing for Leadership Transition, 2017

Author
Jeffrey A Albright
Abstract
This project is a Ministry Research project on the transition of leadership and focused on the seventy-five Southern Baptist churches associated with the Morgan Baptist Association located in Hartselle, Alabama. The issue of leadership transition is becoming of more frequent concern within the local church. The continual growth in leadership turnover is causing traumatic experiences for not only the pastor in transition, but for the church congregation as well. While it is true that there exists a multitude of various resource guides, books, and strategies on the topic of leadership transition, many pastors and church congregations are still finding themselves unprepared and ill-equipped to endure a leadership transition of a pastor or ministerial leader without bearing some form of traumatic experience. The purpose of this project is to assist the local church body to be better prepared for a change in leadership by providing an effective leadership plan for a transition of leadership. This project seeks to combine both literary research and personal interview data so the final product will be of benefit as a resource tool for pastors and the local church.

Equipping Selected Students from Shades Monutain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, in Missional Living Skills

Author
S. Carson Browning
Abstract
This is a project in ministry aimed to equipp selected students from Shades Mountain Baptist Church in missional living skills aligning them with the mission of the church. This project involves researching the field of missional living, synthesizing the research into a listing of essential missional living skills, and creating an experiential curriculm through a one-day experience and seven day-long devotional readings.

Last Call: A New Practice of Receiving a Pastor in the Baptist Church Based Upon a Biblical Paradigm that Challenges the Call System

Author
Harold Eugene Vann II
Abstract
Baptist polity operationalizes the call system, a process that congregational churches use to select, elect and deselect pastors. An aspect of that polity is autonomy that declares each local Baptist church is a self-governing entity. In this context, lay authority has the potential to be misused and the laity can deselect a pastor at their will. This project, a case study is the presentation of a church to show how the call system works from candidacy to deselection. This study calls for an additional layer of pastoral oversight and recommends that pastors lead Baptist laity in securing pastors. The problem addressed by this project is imbalance in power and authority held by Baptist laity and manifested in the call system. Finally, a new plan is presented for receiving a pastor that is led by a Board of Pastors, which restores balance, and is built on a theological/biblical paradigm that indicates that God gives and sends pastors that are received by a congregation.

The development of an evangelistic Sunday School at Tabernacle Baptist Congregation

Author
Mathieu Joseph Estimé
Abstract
Tabernacle Baptist Congregation came into existence in November 1997. Throughout the years several ministries have been created. Many church leaders have been trained to help the senior pastor carry out the church's daunting task. Each ministry has a leader in charge. Preaching and teaching the Word of God are the cornerstone of Tabernacle Baptist Congregation. Christian education is for the church what water is for a fish. Sunday School plays a vital role in the church's programs. However, Sunday School evangelism has so far been neglected. Can Tabernacle Baptist Congregation have any potential for spiritual growth without the promotion of the Great Commission? The promotion of Sunday School evangelism at Tabernacle Baptist Congregation would enable the author of this thesis project to respond. A congregational profile will enable the author of this thesis project to discover the challenges that this church is facing in promoting Sunday School outreach. This congregational profile will also enable the author to find the causes of this systemic problem.

Developing transformational leaders with a redemptive framework at Faith Baptist Fellowship

Author
Gregory J Dirnberger
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate that there is a developmental process by which transformational leaders can nurture and reproduce other transformational leaders. Further, there is a redemptive framework that can inform and shape this developmental process in such a way that lives are changed, transformational leaders can be multiplied, and an organization (a church congregation in this case) may be nurtured into vibrancy and health. It is the desire of this writer that this thesis-project may not only articulate a guiding philosophy of developmental process at Faith Baptist Fellowship, but also create an intentional plan and structure for reproducing transformational leaders who possess and can assert their leadership in light of the redemptive leadership framework. This project includes: 1) a description of the organizational context that gave rise to this writer's application of the aforementioned thesis, 2) relevant discussion of biblical and theological foundations that inform and support the thesis, 3) a survey of both spiritual and secular literature that interact with and apply the principles of transformational leadership, and 4) a description of a pilot program designed and implemented by this writer where the convictions of this thesis were applied, tested, and reflected on.

Enhancing the project director's multigenerational expository preaching skills at Valley View Baptist Church, Leeds, Alabama

Author
Chadwick G Hayes
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's expository preaching skills to a multigenerational congregation. The project director researched the field of expository preaching in a multigenerational worship context. He conducted a generational demographic study of the congregation. He developed and delivered a series of expository sermons. To ensure improvement in expository preaching skills the project director submitted both poutlines and videos of sermon deliveries to experts in the fields of expository preaching and multigenerational worship for analysis. He compiled survey responses from a selected group of people from each generation of sermon hearers.

Developing a strategy to enhance koinonia at Grawood Baptist Church, Keithville, Louisiana

Author
Tom J Carlton
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy to enhance koinonia at Grawood Baptist Church in Keithville, Louisiana. The components of the project include providing opportunities for the members of Grawood Baptist Church to work together to accomplish mission, ministry, and recreational tasks together in hope of aiding in the improvement of genuine Christian fellowship in the church. The development of the strategy was the first goal. The second goal was the presentation of the strategy to the church council of Grawood Baptist Church.

Church conflict and its resolution in Southern Baptist Korean-American churches in North Texas

Author
Paul Taidoo Kim
Abstract
The goal of this dissertation arose out of the need for conflict resolution in SBKA churches in North Texas. The first two chapters draw an introductory portrait of ministry needs. The next chapter describes six phases of methodology necessary to achieve this goal, followed by a theologically constructed foundation in chapter four. The next two chapters use examples of church conflict found in the New Testament and describe the findings from survey analysis. The remaining chapters conclude with a summation of previous chapters and offers four practical recommendations key to managing church conflict in leadership, communication, trigger issues, and resolution approach.

Assimilation into Hampton Falls First Baptist Church

Author
Dean Raymond Glover
Abstract
This thesis-project is a study of the assimilation process in use at the Hampton Falls (New Hampshire) First Baptist Church. The number who actually become involved and active members is a small percentage of the visitors who come each Sunday morning. The main consideration is not the number of visitors, but the number of regular attendees who choose involvement and membership or leaving the church. Visitors will continue to come to see what the church might hold for their particular needs and interests. However, assimilation does or does not occur most commonly among those who have begun regular attendance and seek either to deeper in their involvement or turn back and perhaps leave. Specially adapted questionnaires and interview instruments yielded results that are recorded and analyzed in the course of this study. Suggestions are made as to steps how church leaders might take to incorporate and assimilate individuals into service, ministry, and greater membership involvement. The formula of Worship, Instruction, Fellowship, and Evangelism (WIFE) is encouraged as a modus operandi for the Bride of Christ in this local setting.

Moving forward: a descriptive study of the factors that make people resilient from spiritual abuse in Southern Baptist churches

Author
Rhett H Wilson
Abstract
This dissertation examines the lives and perspectives of victims who demonstrated healing from spiritual abuse. This project studies the factors involved in the healing process of victims of spiritual abuse as well as ideas from systems theory as to what factors contribute to an abusive, toxic church. The author uses a qualitative research approach and utilizes the tools of a questionnaire and interviews with nine victims of spiritual abuse in Southern Baptist churches. The book of consolation in Isaiah is used as a biblical base for understanding a theology of hope and healing from oppressive circumstances. One outcome of this study is a change model entitled "The process of healing from spiritual abuse" which involves the phases of oppression, transition, and restoration. The study concludes that resiliency is the outcome of healing. A person who heals will rebound with new vitality and depth in their relationship with the Lord.
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