Baptist Churches/Congregational Churches

Increasing Knowledge of the Doctrine of Salvation among Sunday School Participants at First Baptist Church Minden Louisiana

Author
Stephen Duwayne Bradley D.Min.
Abstract
This project seeks to help Baptists better understand soteriology by using the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as a model to demonstrate how both Reformed and Arminian soteriological views can fit within the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, and to be clear where there is disagreement. It is not appropriate to label Southern Baptists as Calvinists, or Arminians, as historically they fall somewhere between the two persuasions. While there is significant agreement on numerous facets, Baptists vary on elements of soteriology, and thus training lay people to understand these differences will cause less confusion and mitigate unnecessary division.

Chapter 1 introduces the basis for the research project; the thesis of the project, the goals, and the methodology.

Chapter 2 introduces biblical and theological foundations for the doctrine of salvation. This chapter presents exegetical interpretations of relevant biblical passages and theological material.

Chapter 3 provides historical information regarding Reformed/Arminian debate within the Southern Baptist Convention.

Chapter 4 presents a recounting of the project including a 12-week study of the doctrine of salvation as presented by the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Chapter 5 provides a short conclusion for the project and offers additional observations, and testimonials from the participants of the 12-week course. Suggestions for further study are also included.

Great Expectations: Elevating a Congregation's Sense of Vocation to Biblical Heights

Author
Thomas E Richter
Abstract
This project asserts the thesis that preaching about the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers can help move the members of Cullman First Baptist Church in Cullman, AL, towards an every-member ministry model of ministry. The project consisted of a seven-week sermon series and a concurrent collaborative small group. The project director evaluated his project through comparing a pre-project questionnaire with a post-project questionnaire, through sermon feedback forms, and through small group interviews. The research indicates an 8.8% improvement in congregational knowledge and excitement in the areas of self-understanding and sense of vocation as part of God’s royal priesthood.

HELPING CHURCH MEMBERS UNDERSTAND AND BIBLICALLY RESPOND TO DEPRESSION

Author
Akintoye Jeremiah Akintunde Rev. D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
HELPING CHURCH MEMBERS UNDERSTAND AND BIBLICALLY RESPOND TO DEPRESSION
People often disregard the fact that the spiritual state of mind is greatly affected by what is happening in the physical. At times, depression results from exhaustion, anxiety, worry, and many bottled-up issues in people’s lives. People are depressed because they are unfulfilled in their careers, marital life, education, and plans. Unconfessed sin and wickedness of hearts can be the root cause of some depressive moods. When daily challenges become overwhelming and frustrating, people are spiritually drained and discouraged. What is needed for any individual struggling with a depressive mood is the Word of God through biblical counseling. Biblical counselors offer a compassionate heart and practical help through the biblical principles applied to the counselee’s life and situation.
Christians (church members) are not immune from depression because it is real and can be overcome and conquered through reliance on the Holy Spirit and appropriate biblical principles. Biblical counselors should always keep in mind a holistic perspective of human nature. God created human beings holistically – body, spirit, and soul. When one part suffers, every other part suffers with it. Psychology, philosophy, and psychoanalysis (or psychotherapy) are human theories and philosophies that can only last for a short time. The Word of God (Scripture) is authentic, inspired, inerrant, sufficient, and authoritative for counseling tasks and is superior to anything the world’s wisdom offers. The Scripture has the power to change life and turn around situations.
Regardless of the latest scientific discovery, research, and methodology, medical professionals still believe, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), that ‘mental disorders’ including depression fall into such “diagnostic criteria” with a collection of symptoms known as syndromes. A syndrome is simply a collection of symptoms that a person is experiencing.

The Loss of Baptist Identity: How the Loss of the Baptist Name Impacts Theological Identity

Author
Josiah Hoagland D.Min.
Abstract
Throughout the United States, many Baptist churches have been following a recent trend of dropping “Baptist” from the church title. Research has shown that with the rise of post-denominationalism, there is a loss of identity in Baptist churches. This study explores the effects of dropping the name Baptist from a church’s title and its perceived impact on the theological identity of the church. This study includes a literature review analyzing the current body of literature on Baptist identity. Six Converge North Central Baptist churches were studied, three with a Baptist name and three without, using church surveys and interviews with church leaders to determine what theological differences exist between the two categories. The results of the study showed theological differences between the two categories; however, further research, including a quantitative analysis of Baptist churches spanning a broader region of the United States, would be helpful in determining catalysts for Baptist churches dropping the Baptist name.

Assisting the Black church in the task of child-making

Author
Kip Bernard Banks Sr.
Abstract
"The Black Church struggles to shape public policy to effectuate social change. It has limited its public policy witness to mostly racial justice and economic concerns, while devoting few resources to issues such as climate change, educational equity and child welfare. This project is an analysis of the critical importance of the Black church to engage in the imperative task of child-making and the need for training and resources at the denominational level. This writing provides a tool for Black church denominations to become effective at the task of child-making, including doing a strategic grant assessment and advocating for child welfare initiatives." -- Leaf [2].

Equipping Selected Students at Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, with Strategic Leadership Skills

Author
Jody K Hill
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected students at Blue Mountain College, in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, with strategic leadership skills so they can serve the church and community as Christ-centered leaders. The project director utilized curriculum-based training sessions to teach the students essential strategic leadership skills. Using leadership research built upon theological foundations, he created a ten-step training process with an acronym titled LEADERSHIP. The college plans to implement a degree in leadership communication in the near future. Thus, a byproduct of the project was that Blue Mountain College students were introduced to a new field of study as a result of the project's completion. To complement the degree in leadership communication, the college provost hopes to offer a recurring course in strategic leadership at Blue Mountain College. The planning and research completed in this project will assist in developing the strategic leadership course.

Enhancing Exegetical Preaching Skills of Old Testament Narratives that Increase Congregational Awareness of Spiritual Empowerment at Central Baptist Church, White Hall Arkansas

Author
Jordan Stephen Ferris
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to enhance exegetical preaching skills of Old Testament narratives that increase congregational awareness of spiritual empowerment at Central Baptist Church, White Hall, Arkansas. The congregation will start to develop a deeper sense of biblical theology and spiritual empowerment by understanding the context and application of Old Testament narrative, and thus helping the congregation potentially see spiritual empowerment from other biblical narrative texts within the canon of Scripture.

The project director will be using the Preaching Skills Enhancement model with three phases to accomplish this mode. Phase one will consist of researching expository preaching and proper exegesis of Old Testament narratives. Phase two will be the formulation, writing, and preaching of a sermon series from Old Testament narrative. Phase three will be the assessment of data and impact on the congregation as well as the project director.

Equipping Selected Student Leaders of Parkway Baptist Church Clinton, Mississippi, with Essential Disciple-Making Skills

Author
Louis Emile Zinc
Abstract
The purpose of this project in ministry was to equip selected student leaders from Parkway Baptist Church with essential disciple-making skills. The project director chose the equipping model in order that the research completed would be a tool utilized to spur on Great Commission obedience in the lives of students at Parkway Baptist Church. He conducted research in the field of discipleship and created a curriculum to identify the skills necessary for being discipled and making disciples.

Assessment of the project consisted of five tests. The tests were given to the student leaders before and after each equipping session. The results of the tests helped the project director to determine if the equipping model was successful.

Developing a Multiethnic Ministry Curriculum for the Technicolor Ministry School at First Baptist Church of Duluth, Duluth, Georgia

Author
Abioye O Tela
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to research the field of multiethnic ministry to develop an academic curriculum for the Technicolor Ministry School of the First Baptist Church of Duluth, Duluth, Georgia. The project director sets two primary ministry goals for this project. The first goal is to research the field of multiethnic ministry by studying a wide range of sources and attending a triennial national multiethnic conference to discover the prevailing characteristics and best practices. The second goal is to develop and write an academic curriculum for the Technicolor Ministry School of the First Baptist Church of Duluth. The project director will utilize the research model described in the current New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Project in Ministry Design Handbook to complete this project.

Developing an Associational Replanter Assessment Guide for the North American Mission Board, Alpharetta, Georgia

Author
James Troy Stewart
Abstract
The project's purpose was to develop and associational replanter assessment guide for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). The project model for this project was the ministry research model. First, the project director explored the field of church replanting to determine a list of the essential church replanter characteristics. Second, the project director researched a selection of church planter assessment processes to provide a report on best practices. Third, the project director designed a replanter pre-assessment process for online development. Fourth, the project director developed a replanter assessment guide for NAMB to provide local associations and state conventions. Finally, the project director presented the pre-assessment design and assessment guide to the NAMB Replant team for approval. The project sought to increase the NAMB Replant team's impact to equip local Southern Baptist Associations to identify, assess, and develop church replanters in an effort to replant healthier churches in the future.
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