Campus ministry

DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR CAMPUS MINISTRY TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AT CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY--ANN ARBOR

Author
Ryan Peterson D.Min.
Abstract
Concordia University, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has always had a strong commitment to a Christ-centered ministry. But with a changing student body and an awareness of the changing needs of the millennial generation, it is clear that deliberate and intentional planning for ministry is needed. This major project has sought to consider the historical issues surrounding campus ministry, as well as the theological and biblical issues that undergird the ministry, in order to develop a strategic plan for campus ministry to undergraduate students.

This project focused on achieving four primary goals. The first goal was seeking to understand the values, ideals, influences, and preferences of the millennial generation. The second goal was to identify the five to seven greatest spiritual challenges facing the students at Concordia University--Ann Arbor. The third goal was to analyze and synthesize the findings from the identified challenges and SWOT analysis. Finally, the fourth goal was to describe the strategic plan for campus ministry at Concordia University--Ann Arbor.

The field research focused on three specific areas: writing a campus culture narrative based on three student focus groups, completing a SWOT analysis of current campus ministry programming by students, faculty, and staff, and then identifying the specific spiritual challenges facing our current students through a Delphi survey. Finally, a strategic plan with strategies, objectives, and tactics was completed and presented to the president of the university for his approval. The effectiveness of the field research components was evaluated, and each of the four goals of the major project have been achieved.

HOW CAMPUS MINISTRY INFLUENCES AND FACILITATES SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN THE LIVES OF PRINCETON UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Author
Jonathan Nielson D.Min.
Abstract
For this major project, the study participants were Princeton University undergraduate
students who were actively involved in the ministry of Princeton Faith and Action, which is
staffed and resourced by Christian Union. Students were observed, studied, and interviewed at
the beginning (fall) and conclusion (spring) of their freshmen years at Princeton, with the goal of
determining to what extent this campus ministry was contributing to their spiritual growth. The
research and study focused on five main metrics to measure the growth in spiritual maturity of
these students: Bible and theology knowledge, spiritual disciplines, personal holiness and
godliness, evangelism and gospel witness, and understanding of and involvement in local
churches. Conclusions were drawn about the strengths and weaknesses of this campus ministry
at Princeton University and its effectiveness in helping undergraduate students grow in spiritual
maturity.

A Quest for Koinonia: Uncovering Spiritual Practices that Inspire and Promote Unity among Christians within a Contemporary Campus Setting

Author
Diane Reneé Schmit Dardón D.Min.
Abstract
The quest for koinonia among Christians on college and university campuses -- and specifically at DePaul University in Chicago -- is at the heart of this thesis-project. Like so many campus settings throughout the United States, the Christian community at DePaul is complicated, diverse, and marked distinctly by distrust, skepticism, and conflict between Christian students and between Christian groups on campus. This thesis-project posits that spiritual practices inherent in the Body of Christ might encourage and inspire Christian unity on campus. Spiritual practices that emerge through explorations of the experiences and hopes of college students, major global ecumenical movements, and early followers of Christ in Corinth will be considered as a means for developing a pastoral response to the issue of conflict and dissension among Christians on campus and beyond. A brief foray into faith developmental theory, Millennial and post-Millennial generational studies, and ethnocentricity also provide helpful insights. The Practical Theology method and model developed by Evelyn and James Whitehead guide this thesis-project as the work strives to shed light on ways in which koinonia might be realized among Christians within a contemporary higher education setting.

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Author
Ronald Bupp
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the student experience of United Mehodist campus ministries at Iowa college campuses. The project was expanded to include campus ministries within annual conferences adjacent to the state of Iowa. The research was conducted by means of survey of student participants in campus ministry and personal interview with directors of campus ministry. The results of the research show that campus ministry lacks directions and connection with annual conferences and the local church. As a result, campus ministries have become silos within the denomination and acquired the character f the institutions they serve.

How to build teamwork in Christian ministry

Author
Liu Yi
Abstract
This dissertation seeks to explore what the core components of an effective team are in the context of the local church. The author addresses the biblical and theological foundations of teamwork in the pastoral ministry, reviews and analyzes existing discourse and practices of church teamwork and the data on their effects, and provides suggestions for building teamwork, targeting factors that lead to problems faced by the local church's ministry. Ultimately, this dissertation argues that a common purpose, clear roles, strong leadership, effective processes, solid relationships, and excellent communication are all equally necessary qualities a highly effective team possesses.

Equipping Selected Students from Shades Monutain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, in Missional Living Skills

Author
S. Carson Browning
Abstract
This is a project in ministry aimed to equipp selected students from Shades Mountain Baptist Church in missional living skills aligning them with the mission of the church. This project involves researching the field of missional living, synthesizing the research into a listing of essential missional living skills, and creating an experiential curriculm through a one-day experience and seven day-long devotional readings.

Investigating how to minster effectively in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse community

Author
Kay Rodgers
Abstract
God's extravagant hospitality is the theological basis for his research, a congregational study of the United Christian Parish (UCP) in Reston, VA. The paper details successes and struggles during a time of significant change and illustrates challenges facing many churches today. The thoelogical basis of the research is connected with recommendations for churches desiring to expand effective ministry. Recommendations include intentional discernment of God's will, spiritual renewal, increased outward focus, direct active and vibrant presence in the neighborhood, faithful prayer, and aligning God's message to the everyday lives of individuals.

Providing relevant and effective leadership for millennials

Author
Valorie C Nordbye
Abstract
This thesis surveyed the leadership style preference of Millennials. Other areas focused on their loyalty to bosses, the importance of a company's values and social practices, and their preferences about working independently of collaboratively. Members of an American college ministry were surveys using an online survey tool. Based on 261 surveys, 85 percent chose servant leadership as their preferred style. The majority indicated that the values and social practices of their employer were important to them and that they would leave a job to remain with a boss they liked. there was no clear preference on working collaboratively or independently.

Developing a strategy to connect students of Auburn University at Montgomery Alabama to local area Baptist churches

Author
Terry L Dymond
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy to connect students associated with Baptist Campus Ministries on the campus of Auburn Montgomery to local area Baptist churches. The process of developing a strategy included forming a strategy development team from local area ministers as well as lay church members who work with college students. This team was involved throughout the process of exploration, planning, development, and the preliminary stage of implementation. The process of implementation in regard to this project was to present the developed strategy to the Directors of Missions from Autauga, Elmore, and Montgomery associations as well as the Director of the office of Collegiate and Student Ministries from the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. The rejection of approval of this project by the Directors of Missions and the Director of the office of Collegiate and Student Ministries will not determine the success of the project. The goal of this project is to develop and present a strategy. Approval or rejection of the project goes beyond the scope of the project.

Equipping selected Baptist collegiate ministry leaders at the University of Central Arkansas in personal evangelism through chronological Bible storying adaptation

Author
Christopher J Larmoyeux
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Central Arkansas in personal evangelism through adapting aspects of chronological Bible storying. The project director studies the worldview of the millennial generation in order to determine receptivity to varying approaches to personal evangelism. In addition, the project director researched the field of chronological Bible storying in order to identify essential themes relevant to personal evangelism training among millennials. He used that information to develop and conduct a workshop aimed at training the selected leaders in personal evangelism by using aspects of chronological Bible storying. The workshop addressed attitudes, experiences, and barriers regarding personal evangelism, the basics of the millennial worldview, the importance of Bible storying, essential themes of the Bible, and personal engagement skills. This project was evaluated by experts in the fields of ministry to millennials, chronological Bible storying, and curriculum design.
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