Pastoral theology--Handbooks, manuals

Developing a pastoral internship implementation manual for Grace Baptist Church, Springfield, Tennessee

Author
Stephen R Freeman
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research pastoral internship programs to develop a pastoral implementation manual for Grace Baptist Church, Springfield, Tennessee. The project director utilized the research model described in the current New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Handbook. The project director researched a wide range of sources to gain a foundational understanding of pastoral internship programs across a broad spectrum of denominations. He used the material discovered through the research to develop a manual that will be used at Grace Baptist Church, as well as other churches, to implement a pastoral internship program within the context of the local church. The developed manual will serve as a training tool resource to guide churches in the implementation of a pastoral internship program.

A training manuel on pastoral character formation based on 2 Timothy 1-2

Author
Shu Mei Pan
Abstract
The emphasis of this dissertation is on pastoral character formation with a focus on the pastoral needs of the Evangelical Formosan Church in Taiwan. This is based on Paul's advise to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1-2. We have incorporated the spiritual exercises of Ignatius in From the standpoint of Spiritual Theology, this dissertation will probe into spiritual exercises inherited from the traditions in church history. Integrating the discoveries above, 12 characteristics are selected, based on Paul's exhortations for pastors. With precise evaluations and prayers, this leads to 12 training courses toward a holistic Pastoral Character Formation.

An inductive Bible study training program for Christian adults at the EF Church of Clear Lake, Iowa utilizing Leadership Resources International TNT Dig-and-Discover hermeneutical principles

Author
Daniel W Jordan
Abstract
The Dig-and-Discover manual developed by Leadership Resources International was used to train eight lay adult members of the Evangelical Free Church of Clear Lake, Iowa in an inductive, grammatical hermeneutic for Bible study. Worksheets with assigned passages and questions were distributed and returned for pre-training assignments, in-training homework, and concluding with a post-training project. The pre- and post-training worksheets were compared to determine the trainee's understanding and application of the principles. The training manual gave sound basis for Bible study, and proved useful for literate adults to learn and practice the principles.

Organized creativity: the process of creating a gift-oriented volunteer ministry position descriptions manual for New Life Assembly of God in Ellendale, North Dakota

Author
David M Bennett
Abstract
The thrust of this project was to determine if the process of creating a gift-oriented, ministry position descriptions manual proved effective in helping volunteers grasp the purposes, roles, expectations, and provisions of local church ministry. The project augmented the author's seminar Discover Your Ministry ID. The ministry of the whole people of God according to their God-given design, ministry role, and purpose was explored, along with examining Christian volunteer culture. Implementation included data-gathering, training workshops, and an appreciation banquet for volunteers. Several contributions emerged from the experience and the manual: the dual-workshop, an intentional ground-up approach, and a comprehensive one-page description format used in the manual, which created a concise, and clearly communicated recruitment tool.

A pastoral handbook for caring for people in grief and loss

Author
Richard Allen Camp
Abstract
This project dealt with the pastor's role in grief and comfort. It included the writing of a handbook to guide pastors in caring for people in times of loss. The author revised the handbook using significant feedback from pastors and funeral directors and supported it with biblical, theological, sociological, and psychological studies. The handbook provides practical advice from the pastor in crises, condensed guidance for funerals, and a primer on grief, including the years following a crisis. An annotated bibliography recommends further resources for the busy pastor. The field work clearly indicated a need for such a handbook.

"Holy Fire": a congregational training manual on the Holy Spirit in the preaching moment

Author
Byron L Brown
Abstract
The "Holy Fire" study enabled the church body to move from passive observers to active participants in the worship service. The forty-day emphasis taught the congregation to understand and appropriate their God-given role in the preaching moment. The effectiveness of the study was illustrated by entry and exit surveys taken by the class participants. Survey questions focused on both the students' understanding and behavior in relationship to the role of the Holy Spirit in the preaching moment. The project was successful in increasing both comprehension and application of the material learned.

Pastoral care for terminally ill patients and their families: a handbook for Korean pastors in cooperation with hospice care centers

Author
Dong Youn Han
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to develop pastoral care programs as a hospice care for terminally ill patients and their families. Reference materials relating to pastoral care as hospice care were examined. The biblical and theological understanding of death and dying were also reviewed. Interviews were conducted for volunteer hospice caregivers, hospice medical doctors, hospice chaplains, dying patients, and the bereaved families. From these interviews, guidelines to pastoral care for terminally ill patients and their families were developed.

Breaking free from the one pastor mentality in congregational life: a manual for a lay shepherding ministry

Author
Cynthia L Hale
Abstract
This project was designed to provide a structure through which lay persons can be involved in pastoral caregiving in a local congregation. Addressing the attitudes that favor a professional, ordained ministry, theological and biblical justification is given for every member in ministry. A sermon series highlighting the interrelatedness of persons called and gifted to build up the body of Christ is included. Project showed positive results in that lay shepherding ministry has successfully been established.

Hospital chaplain handbook: a practical guide

Author
Gerald H Pryor
Abstract
This project provides evangelical hospital chaplains with principles and practical guidance for hospital visitation. It is based upon thorough research of available material which was then tested, evaluated, and expanded. In addition to the principles of patient visitation, the handbook gives details on each of the patient groups a hospital chaplain is likely to visit. The last part of the handbook describes each of the chaplain's relationships, within and without the hospital setting.

The funeral and pastoral care: a handbook for Australian pastors

Author
John E Helm
Abstract
The project reviews, in critical theological perspective, funeral practices and the dynamic at work behind them in the Australian context, and designs a handbook for pastors. Methodology included reviewing relevant literature, forwarding a questionnaire to all clergy in one area of Australia and interviewing some respondents. The two sections of the resultant handbook cover: 1) the dynamics of grief and ministry in light of these dynamics and 2) resource material for funerals. A report details feedback from field testing and lists ten implications for ministry with bereaved persons.
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