Church--History of doctrines--2000-

The Integration of Biblical Qualifications and Christ-Centered Character Development of Young Church Leaders in a Bible College Course on Ecclesiology

Author
David A Love
Abstract
Spiritual health and vitality are not an option for the church in the twenty-first century. The purpose of this project was to carefully study and succinctly define the qualifications for church leadership as described in 1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet 5:1-3, and Matt 20:20-28 with an emphasis upon the church leader's Christ-like character development. I developed the lectures and taught them during a series of sessions in a Bible college course on Ecclesiology in Spanish. I analyzed the students' input and reactions while evaluating the learning outcomes to identify course improvements.

The Church as Family Worshipping in Unconventional Settings

Author
Janice L Six
Abstract
The project created opportunities for small group communal worship in unconventional settings among children and adults. The purpose was to identify the ways worship contributes to an awareness of God's presence in all places, and to the understanding of the church as family. The prominent research method employed was the pro-active research method wherein the researcher and participants were actively engaged with one another in a transformative process. As a result, communal worship is understood as an attitude of the heart, and when the Holy Spirit simultaneously tugs at the heart-strings of young and old alike kinship is nurtured.

The transformation of a traditional New England church into a missional-discipleship culture

Author
Michael A Sacco
Abstract
The need for ministry change in New England church culture from institutional to missional and the process undertaken by a church in that region to effect such a change is explored. Emphasis is placed on the development of leadership to guide the process, teaching and training materials to facilitate the process and implementation of a strategy to significantly alter the church's philosophy of ministry. The project is a case study of the church in question and the current effectiveness of the new paradigm for that ministry.

Towards a paradigm of missional ecclesiology for Korean diaspora

Author
Paul Kyu-Jin Choi
Abstract
The researcher conducted an archival research to formulate an integrated paradigm of a missional ecclesiology for Korean diaspora, by identifying and describing its core elements. A paradigm was formulated by integrating socio-cultural characteristics of Korean diaspora church and framework of culturally-appropriate, theologically-sound and theoretically-coherent missional ecclesiology for Korean diaspora. Eight criteria of missional ecclesiology were identified, and three ontological values were identified: to be sent by the Triune God; to represent the reign of God in the through Jesus Christ; and to be led by the Holy Spirit. Implications of each value are elaborated in the context of Korean diaspora.

Equipping selected leaders of New Covenant Baptist Church, Denham Springs, Louisiana in Craig Van Gelder's model of missiological ecclesiology

Author
Keith A Zachary
Abstract
The project director used Craig Van Gelder's book, The Essence of the Church, as an outline for research and further study in current missional church concepts. The director constructed a workshop with the cognitive goal of teaching selected leaders missiological ecclesiology, the affective goal to generate an awareness of the Holy Spirit's missional nature within the church, and three psychomotor goals: to equip the selected leaders with the ability to determine the difference between modern mission and missional church concepts; to equip them to outline missional church activities; and to design strategies for implementing local and mobile missional ministries. The project ws reviewed by Dr. Craig Van Gelder, Professor of Congregational Mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, to verify accuracy in the representation of his works.

Engaging ecclesia: a model for training circuits to engage in misison as ecclesia

Author
Jeffrey E Shearier
Abstract
This major applied project sought to qualitatively measure the changes in attitudes and understandings about what the church (ecclesia) is theologically and missiologically as a result of a training designed to apply these attitudes and understandings tot he ecclesiology of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. He argues that all layers of church structure with the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod should be understood as expressions of ecclesia and so are in mission. The project is developed around training for a new method of church planting, the Gospel Gap Paradigm.

A pedagogical paradigm for leadership training in a postmodern mega-church context

Author
Joan Prentice
Abstract
This paper presents a theological premise for understanding of the Church as it exists in Christ and its participation within the perichoretic relationship of the Triune God. The model is drawn from the interrelatedness and interpenetration of the three divine persons of the Godhead and the Church's reality within that relationship. It sets forth a theology that is relational, and allows for a Christology, pneumatology and ecclesiology that is expressed in praxis. It is relational and missional in its outcome and situates a primordial understanding of the Church as an ontological and organic reality.

A missional plan for Riverdale Presbyterian Church as it ministers in the 21st century, moving from a pastoral style church to a program style church

Author
David M Watson
Abstract
This project develops a missional plan for Riverdale Presbyterian Church which will enable it to reach more unchurched people through transitioning from a pastoral style church to a program style church. The project is conducted in five parts: I) a contextual study of the church and ministry area; II) an assessment of the ministry health of Riverdale church; III) a biblical basis for a program style church, followed by specific ministry applications for moving to a program style church; IV) a missional statement with measurable first steps; and V) some concluding remarks.
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