Baptist Churches/Congregational Churches

Transforming Migrants to Missionaries: Reaching and Training Inner-City Transient Apartment Dwellers for Christ

Author
Wilbert C Baker D.Min.
Abstract
Chapter 1 of this dissertation project argues that using a disciple-making method that has relationship-building as a key ingredient in the process is more effective in reaching African-American inner-city apartment residents than door-to-door evangelism using tracts. This study is a comparison of how evangelism is typically done among Baptist churches (and most Evangelical churches) with how it should be done to fulfill the Great Commission.
Chapter 2 argues that both God and man have roles in evangelism, and that God’s sovereignty does not exempt man from his responsibility and accountability to God in receiving and sharing the gift of salvation.
Chapter 3 examines segments of evangelism and missions from a historical perspective and records insights for contemporary ministry from a historical and theological perspective.
Chapter 4 Describes the new people Group: African-American inner-city transient apartment residents. It describes their culture, world view, and their self-image.
Chapter 5 conducts research in the selected environment with selected indigenous individuals to collect and analyze data to discover the most effective means to reach inner-city African-American apartment residents with the Gospel.
Chapter 6 argues the conclusion, based upon the findings of the research accumulated from the two trained teams and the six selected families, that evangelism which engages in disciple-making after leading persons to Christ, is twice as effective as evangelism models that lead persons to Christ but do not include any follow-up and training. The disciple-making model is effective in this context and can be duplicated in the twenty-first century. This study does not compare evangelism without disciple making with evangelism with disciple making. This study compares what the majority of Baptist churches are doing to fulfill the Great Commission with what they should be doing to fulfill the Great Commission with particular attention given to the African-American inner-city transient apartment dwellers.


Enhancing the project director's pastoral preaching skills at Suwanee Korean Baptist Church, Suwanee, Georgia, in order to increase the congregation's awareness of spiritual maturity

Author
Yeon Kyong Chung D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's skills in pastoral preaching in order to increase the congregation's awareness of spiritual maturity. In order to do this, the project director researched sermons and created a sermon model. The project directory created eight part model sermons to his congregation during Sunday worship. A group of experts assessed the model sermons and their assessments were used to determine the sermons’ effect and reach. From the research and assessments the project director was able to find the key factors of sermon skills and made a plan to improve sermon skills. He also looked at the before and after of the congregation’s spiritual awareness to find changes and made that the focus of his results. Through all of this, the project director was able to find ways to enhance self-improvement and sermon skills.

Developing a multiethnic church-growth strategy for Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author
Robert Smith D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a multiethnic church-growth strategy for Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana. The strategy model described in the current edition of The Project in Ministry Design Handbook of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was utilized for this project report. Additional purposes of this project were to develop and accomplish project goals and professional goals to strengthen the project director’s strategy development and professional leadership. The project director researched local demographics and cultural dynamics of the Lakeview community to determine ministry tartes for multiethnic church growth. Existing models of churches that include all culture and ethnicities were then explored to determine best practices. The project director and the strategy-writing team proceeded by developing a multiethnic church-growth strategy for Lakeshore Church, which can also be utilized by other individuals, ministries, churches, organization, and networks that are seeking to grow as a diverse congregation.

Equipping selected leaders at Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, with Biblical hospitality practices

Author
George Ross D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders at Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, with biblical hospitality practices. The project director will utilize the equipping model described in the current New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Project in Ministry Design Handbook. Additional purposes of this project were to develop and accomplish project goals and professional goals to strengthen the project director’s curriculum development and professional leadership. The project director researched a wide range of sources to gain fundamental knowledge of biblical hospitality. The project director will use the information to develop a curriculum that can be used by Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, as well as other churches, church planting and replanting networks, North American Mission Board (NAMB), and denominations wishing to implement discipleship programs.

Equipping selected leaders of Fellowship of Montgomery, Montgomery, Texas, with essential assimilation skills

Author
Brian Roberson D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of Fellowship of Montgomery, Montgomery, Texas, with essential assimilation skills. The project director completed the project by meeting three primary objectives. The first objective was to research the field of church member assimilation to determine essential skills needed. The second objective was to develop a training curriculum to equip selected leaders with assimilation skills. The final objective was to equip selected leaders of Fellowship of Montgomery in essential assimilation skills. The project director enlisted several experts in various areas to evaluate goals. He employed assessment instruments, including pretest, posttest, rubrics, reports, and an annotated bibliography, to evaluate the product and outcomes. The project terminated when the project director implemented the workshop for the selected leaders.

Developing a strategy for “third-place” disciple-making in the Pasco Baptist Association, Pasco County, Florida

Author
Allen Pelham D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to examine the how and why an association would develop a Third-Place disciple-making strategy within a cultural context. The project looks carefully at the mainline and subculture socio-demographics of Pasco County, mapping the possible Third-Place encounter points and assigning them to districts. By hermeneutically creating cultural narratives of each district, churches can train personnel cross-culturally to enter these Third-Place setting with gospel fluency contextualized to a culture or subculture. The strategy develops a narrative process for each of the people groups within the culture, identifies core strengths and weaknesses in bridging the district edges, and brings the gospel into their communities in the form and function needed for evangelistic disciple-making

Enhancing genre-sensitive expository preaching skills to enrich bible exposition at Galilee First Baptist Church, Gloster, Mississippi

Author
Brian Anthony Malone D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director’s genre-sensitive expository preaching skills in order to enrich Bible exposition within the congregation at Galilee First Baptist Church, Gloster, Mississippi. The project is based on the ministry skill enhancement model. The project director researched the fields of expository preaching and biblical genre, focusing on six of the major genres of Scripture: narrative, poetry, wisdom literature, parable, epistles, and Revelation. Annotated bibliographies and reports on expository preaching and biblical genre were reviewed by Dr. Lewis Richerson and Dr. Steven Smith, experts in the fields of expository preaching and biblical genre. From the reports, rubrics were created to evaluate the sermon development process. The project director developed sermon structures, outlines, and manuscripts utilizing the knowledge gained from the research to structure the sermon according to the structure and genre of the text. The project director delivered six sermons to the congregation of Galilee First Baptist Church. Dr. Richerson and Dr. Smith evaluated the sermon structures, outlines, and sermon videos. Finally, a questionnaire was created and given to determine if the listener enriched their Bible exposition skills as the project director endeavored to be faithful to the structure and genre of the text.

Equipping selected married couples of First Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia, with essential marriage communication skills

Author
Brooks Lindsey D.Min.
Abstract
God intended for the marriage relationship to be the foundation of the Christian home. A biblical love relationship between husband and wife should provide the clearest picture of communication. If the partners have established good communication with each other during their engagement and have discussed the type of roles each expects to play, then the adjustments should be easier and the partners should be able to be more patient and understanding with each other when mistakes are made. The purpose of this project is to equip selected married couples of First Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia, with essential marriage communication skills. The project director will accomplish this by researching basic marriage communication skills, developing a workshop to equip the selected married couples, and equipping the selected couples with essential communication skills within the context of marriage.

Developing a support strategy for bivocational pastors affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board

Author
Michael Dale Lee D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a support strategy for bivocational pastors affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB). The project director based the process on Hugh Townsend’s Set the Journey: a Strategy Development Model for Associations. The director enlisted a team composed of Baptist leaders – Both bivocational and fully-funded – from across the state. The primary goals of the process were to: (1) create a “Bivocational Pastors Profile,” (2) determine “best practices” within other state Baptist Conventions, (3) develop a finalized strategy, and (4) present the strategy to appropriate leadership for both approval and affirmation in order to proceed with implementation, albeit outside the scope of the actual project. The project relied on survey data and a professional strengths inventory together with focus groups composed of pastors and spouses at six regional Dialogue Dinners. The team merged accumulated data along with practices of various state Baptist conventions in order to arrive at a proposed strategy addressing three primary needs: (1) developing relationships between bivocational pastors and Baptist entities, (2) strengthening ministry marriages and families, and (3) developing the spiritual discipline of prayer.

Developing a volunteer leadership training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist church, Ridgeland, Mississippi

Author
William Hawks D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a volunteer-leadership training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist church, Ridgeland, Mississippi. This purpose was achieved through a strategy planning model. The project director conducted the project while serving as Executive and Education Pastor of Highland Colony Baptist Church. The project was completed in four phases. The firsts two phases consisted of research on existing models of leadership training and the field of strategy planning respectively. The third phase of the project focused on the development of a volunteer-leader training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist Church. The development process utilized a select group of leaders from the church. The final phase of the project was the presentation of the volunteer-leader training strategy to Highland Colony Baptist Church for approval. The approval of the project by the church completed the scope of the project.
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