Assimilation of new church members

Redemptive Understanding of God's Genocidal Commands to the Israelites

Author
Jeremy J Ahn D.Min.
Abstract
Acquiring new discipleship members is difficult when many potential candidates protest that thew instances of Old Testament genocide reveal God as one to be feared rather than loved. This thesis explains how this author's newly designed classroom materials encouraged the development of understanding and empathy in discipleship candidates for the journeying Israelites. Of fundamental importance to this thesis is this author's insight illuminating the paramount significance that each recorded genocidal command correlates with a certain Stage of the Old Testament. Formal qualitative evaluations at the conclusion of this specialized course supported this researcher's hypothesis that deeper cognitive and spiritual enlightening of the recorded Old Testament events would authentically convey a holistic, loving, and paternal God, unfolding a redemptive plan for humankind throughout the ages.
This course was also designed to assess if our church's static number of new discipleship candidates would increase, especially if the instances of Old Testament genocides could be presented as acts of a a loving, redemptive God. Those discipleship candidates who completed this revised course are enthusiastically drawing new candidates by word of mouth. With the next course still two months away, we have already doubles our usual applications.

A study for the hospitality of the new-church-comers and for their settle down : project for new family of Cheorwon Sung-Eun Church

Author
Yong Eun Jung
Abstract
The author carried out a six-week project regarding welcoming newcomers of Sung-eun Church and their settlement in the church. The first half of this thesis contains studies on the biblical hospitality based on researches of other theologists and suggests a theology of “Love Crossing Hospitality” the author came up with after the studies. In addition, the latter half of this thesis contains details regarding New Family Project, the six-week project regarding welcoming newcomers and their settlement. Conducting this project, the whole church has been prepared for welcoming upcoming newcomers and supporting their settlement in the church.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Developing a strategy to assimilate millennials into First Baptist Church of Minneola, Minneola, Florida

Author
Timothy Glenn Burdick
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to provide First Baptist Church of Minneola, in Minneola, Florida, a strategy to assimilate millennials. First Baptist Church of Minneoloa is a sixty-year-old church that grew in membership during the late nineteen seventies into the nineteen nineties. After that period of growth, the church began to lose members. Through research and communication with a select group of church members, a four=part strategy proposal was created and presented to the church. The strategy focused on the church becoming more invitational, improving a guest’s first visit, changing stereotypical perceptions and perspectives, and hearing the concerns of millennial families. This project report also includes an evaluation of the project goals and personal goals of the project director.

Developing a strategy to assimilate guests and regular attendees into fully engaged members of Faith Bible Church, Covington, Louisiana

Author
Alfred N Young
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy to assimilate guests and regular attendees into fully engaged members of Faith Bible Church, Covington, Louisiana. The project director conducted an analysis of the congregation. He explored existing assimilation models in order to determine best pratices and led the vision implementation team of Faith Bible Church to develop a strategy in order to assimilate guests and regular attendees into fully engaged members.

Developing a New Member Assimilation Strategy for First Baptist Church Colbert Heights, Tuscumbia, Alabama

Author
Seth Hood
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a new member assimilation strategy for First Baptist Chruch Colbert Heights, Tuscumbia, Alabama. The project director formed a strategy planning team made up of church staff and other key leaders and lay people from the church body. He conducted an analysis of ten years of membership data to determine trends in growth and retention, followed by research of existing new member assimilation strategies. Using this information, the project director, with input from the strategy planning team, developed a new member assimilation strategy for First Baptist Church Colbert Heights. The porject director then presente the strategy to the deacon body for affirmation and implementation.

Expanding inclusion at an emerging church by adding the value of sacrificial inclusion

Author
Michael D Noel
Abstract
This project encouraged The Journey church members to adopt the value of sacrificial inclusion in order to bring more regular attenders into the intimate community of the church. The purpose of the project was to change attitudes, so church members would willingly include more people in the future. Two sermon series (self-differentiation; sacrificial inclusion) were preached over 12 weeks, with pretests and posttests measuring participants' attitudes toward this change. Responses to both were positive. The project introduced a new value which hopefully will enable additional steps by leadership to implement practical initiatives based on this value.

Equipping selected leaders of Macedonia Baptist Church, Plaquemine, Louisiana, in new member assimilation skills

Author
Shannon J Warner
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of the Macedonia Baptist Church, Plaquemine, in new member assimilation skills. The project director researched various models and strategies of new member assimilation in order to identify the best skills. These skills were essential toward equipping the Historic Macedonia Baptist Church in the assimilation of new members. The director identified not only the necessities, but also the best practices critical for inclusion in equipping seminars. The director also developed a curriculum structured to teach four equipping sessions. The director successfully completed the sessions, thereby equipping selected leaders of Macedonia Baptist Church with new member assimilation skills. Further, the project director will implement annual training with individuals on the new member assimilation ministry team.

Developing a strategy for First Baptist Church, Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to assimilate young families

Author
John A Matthews
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy for First Baptist Church, Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to assimilate young families. The project director assembled and analyzed the demographic data from Hazlehurst, Mississippi, and First Baptist Church, Hazlehurst, Mississippi. The project director explored methods of assimilating young families in order to inform the assimilation-strategy team. The project director with the assimilation-strategy team developed a strategy that included three key areas of connectivity and recommendations in each area for First Baptist Church to assimilate young families. The team presented the strategy to the deacon council and congregation for approval.

Equipping selected leaders of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Plumerville, Arkansas, with young adult assimilation skills

Author
David E Cox
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders with necessary assimilation skills to help connect young adults to congregational life and ministry. First, the project director researched the field of church assimilation in order to develop and facilitate various equipping sessions. Second, the project director developed a workshop curriculum to equip selected leaders with young adult assimilation skills. Lastly, selected leaders were enlisted and equipped with young adult assimilation skills.

Church hopping in the Diocese of Kampala

Author
Hannington Mutebi
Abstract
This thesis examines the challenge of church hopping in general, and assesses its impact on the strength of the Diocese of Kampala in particular. The study was conducted among 35 priests and 65 non-clergy who congregate within 16 parishes of the diocese. Focus is laid on key factors leading to the actual movement of congregants from one church to another. Each of these factors is analyzed to show its impact on congregations' response to keeping within the fellowship(s). The challenge is then left to the church leaders at all levels to take up the recommendations as a way of reducing the incidence of church hopping.
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