Church and state

A program to lead a select group of adults...to a better understanding of and a deeper commitment to the separation of church and state

Author
James K Byrd
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to lead a select group of adults from First Baptist Church (Luverene, Alabama) to a better understanding of and a deeper commitment to the separation of church and state. A program consisting of lectures, panel discussions, case studies, handouts, and outside speakers caused project participants to think through their understanding of the importance of church and state separation. The project participants gained a better understanding of the separation of church and state. The group experienced a new commitment to maintaining a free church in a free state.

Ministering with church members involved in the judicial process in district courts of Pennsylvania: a challenge for pastoral involvement

Author
Francis P Brosius
Abstract
Pastors have not ministered effectively in the district justice courts on behalf of church members involved in the judicial process. The researcher is a district justice and a pastor. He uses his position to extract information from both professions on their perceptions of each others roles. The study is based on the experience of the researcher, instrumentation and a workshop. It shows the need for more pastoral involvement in the courts and shows that both pastors and district justices are open to such ministry. It clarifies the role of the pastor in the court and challenges pastors to become involved in court ministry. The study addresses five concerns of the district justices regarding pastoral involvement in the courts. The results are intended as tools for pastors to use as they become involved in court ministry.

Attitudes of pennsylvania government officials toward the issues of the religious communities

Author
Paul D Gehris
Abstract
Government officials are responsive to the public policy-justice issues and the self-interest issues of the religious community. Using the factorial survey approach as developed by Peter H Rossi, vignettes were constructed for response by persons in government. These were analyzed, along with biographical data collected from the respondents. Results of research indicate people in state government practice religion themselves and are responsive to issues, both public policy-justice issues and self-interest issues of the religious community. They place a high value on knowledgeability of advocates. Elected officials are the most responsive, followed by appointed officials, hired staff and civil servants.

Land tenure and the prophets: a case study of El Salvador

Author
James Stuart Rettig
Abstract
The prophetic message of the Old Testament about land tenure in ancient Israel and Judah can clarify for the church the issue of land tenure in El Salvador today and can deepen the church's understanding of the conflict there and help it in its mission strategies. Through a review of available literature, the author sought answers to the questions, Why does land concentrate in the hands of a few people, and, What do God's prophets say about this concentration? the general conclusion is that the church often neglects the resources of the scriptures when dealing with controversial issues.

Recruiting, training, and supporting foster parents in a local church

Author
Benjamin Ray Husted
Abstract
The thesis is that a local church can have a significant impact upon hurting children by recruiting, training, and supporting foster parents for service in the state foster care system. A curriculum was developed and a four-phase process of recruitment was developed and followed in order to test the thesis in one local United Methodist church. Foster parents were recruited and began to function. The theology undergirding the project, including a discussion of the church-state issue, is included. A complete evaluation as to why the project was successful is included, along with a discussion of problems unique to projects within the church-state agency interface.

A manual for operating a church corporation in the state of Washington

Author
Robert Thomas Patton
Abstract
This dissertation-project is a practical tool prepared for use by church treasurers, pastors, and church leaders in the state of Washington. The manual is divided into three parts. Part one is devoted to the process of establishing the church corporation. Part two deals with the federal and state tax issues which affect the church. Part three provides a moderately detailed view of the issues affecting pastoral compensation.

Resources in martin luther's thought for the churches' efforts to influence public policy

Author
Lovett H Weems
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to locate and apply those emphases in Martin Luther's thought which are relevant and adequate for the churches' lobbying ministry within the American political context. Lobbying was defined as any activity which has as its ultimate aim the influence of public policy decisions. An examination of Luther's political thought is combined with a study of five Washington-based denominational agencies involved with influencing public policy.

A study book on the Moral Majority: a theological, psychological and pastoral interpretation and critique

Author
Don F Thomas
Abstract
This project report is a study book for ministers on the Moral Majority. Chapter 1 contains a historical sketch of the radical Right (including the Religious New Right) in American history. Chapter 2 is a summary of the theological and ideological tenets of the Moral Majority and a summary of its positions on selected social issues. Chapter 3 is a theological interpretation and critique of this organization from a Protestant perspective. Chapter 4 is an interpretation and critique of the group from a psychological perspective. Chapter 5 is a reflective essay on the significance of the Moral Majority for American churches.
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