Christian education of adults

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Adult Ministry Team of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

Author
Jason W Snyder
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the Adult Ministry team of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas. The project director assessed the characteristics of the Adult Ministry team to determine spiritual formation needs. Subsequently, the project director researched the field of spiritual formation to determine best practices, identifying five domains: corporate, relationship, discipline, gap, and rest domains. To prepare for the strategy development sessions further, the author revisited fifteen spiritual formation strategies and presented this information to the strategy team.

A course designed for Christian women unpacking the spiritual gifts for service

Author
Leonette Y Lewis
Abstract
This research project designed a spiritual gifts curriculum for Christian women. The project evaluated the effectiveness of a four-week seminar in educating Christian women on the topic of spiritual gifts. This course assisted the women in the discovery of their spiritual gifts and aided in identifying ministries in which they were gifted to serve. This course of study focused on spiritual gifts and their functions for women who may or may not have known of their spiritual gifts and may or may not have served in ministries or were serving in ministries outside of their spiritual giftedness in the church. By taking thirty Christian women, ages nineteen and older of various church denominations through this course of study, the women gained knowledge of spiritual gifts. A pre-test/post-test was administered to the students to gauge their knowledge of spiritual gifts before and following instruction. This data revealed an increase in knowledge of spiritual gifts. Also, a spiritual gifts assessment was administered to assist in the discovery of their spiritual gifts, and the one-on-one ministry interviews aided in identifying other ministries in which the women were able to serve.

The older shall teach the younger, and a little child shall lead them: intergenerational Christian education in an age-segregated world

Author
Joshua R Kingcade
Abstract
The thesis of this project is that intergenerational learning can be meaningful for its participants in five particular ways: increasing biblical knowledge, forming meaningful relationships, growing closer to God, encouraging daily discipleship, and loving others better. The author used basic qualitative research tools to plan and execute a four-week class with participants ranging from fourth grade to senior adulthood. Each class addressed one or more of the desired outcomes listed above. Participants answered surveys and interviews before and after the class, and based on this data, the author found that intergenerational leaning can essentially achieve the same outcomes as age-segregated education.

The church in transition: equipping congregational leaders for missional discernment

Author
Kevin M Starcher
Abstract
This project explores the hypothesis that a meaningful grounding in theological thought will yield richer and nuanced understanding of congregational growth in a transitioning Christian society. The project consisted of intentional education, research and analysis of the intersections of evangelism, Family Systems Theory, Reformed theology, cultural exegesis, and Christian missiology, and used these understandings to explore and analyze growing Presbyterian (PCUSA) congregations in the American West. The results of this qualitative research indicated that project participants valued the process and felt the project was helpful for a congregation experiencing numeric/cultural transition.

The development and evaluation of a theological class for understanding and communicating the essential doctrines of the Christian faith within the local church

Author
Christopher J Hopf
Abstract
The aim of this research is to identify the problem, but to also offer a solution (an eight-week theology class) that will aid the church in teaching her members key theological information to help them know why they believe what they believe. This research and development of an eight-week theology class for the church is framed in three hypotheses: (1) After this class, church members will have an increased knowledge and understanding of essential doctrines of the Christian faith, (2) After this class, church members will be able to communicate the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, and (3) After this class, church members will value theological understanding more than they did before the class. These hypotheses were studied quantitatively using the pre/posttest model and qualitatively using pre/posttest interviews.

Equipping selected adults from LifePoint Church, Smyrna, Tennessee, with gender-based group disciple-making skills

Author
Eddie Mosley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults from LifePoint Church, Smyrna, Tennessee, with disciple-making skills for gendered-based groups. Equipping selected adults with disciple-making skills for gender-based groups will potentially address the need for multiplication of disciple groups. Making disciples through gender-based groups to know and understand scripture will strengthen the individuals in their pursuit to be more like Christl. Disciple-making will become a key practice to help LifePoint attendees grow spiritually and multiply disciples. The project director used an equipping model with three phases to accomplish this project. Phase one of the equipping model was to research several different models of disciple-making, including small groups, Sunday School, gender-based groups, and mentoring, in order to discover common skills used to produce disciples. Phase two consisted of the project director synthesizing the skills discovered in the research into a training course. Phase three was the training workshop with selected adults. The project evaluation confirmed the project equipped the selected adults with disciple-making skills needed for gender-based groups.

The effect on a select group of Cherry Hills Baptist Church members of a twelve-week class on turning points in post-Biblical Christian history

Author
Steve W Patzia
Abstract
The author conducted a qualitative project measuring what effect a twelve-week class on post-Biblical Christian history would have on selected participants from Cherry Hills Baptist Church. Using semi-structured pre- and post-class interviews, journals, and field notes, the researcher determined with the use of Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain and Krathwohl's Taxonomy of the Affective Domain that studying Christian history increased in participants a greater sense of community with the church, informed their way of thinking in the present context, and inspired them to live out their faith more confidently in the world.

Spiritual formation: beyond cognitive belief -- an ethnographic study of adult Sunday school in baptistic churches in Massachusetts

Author
Laura J Cassidy-Moffatt
Abstract
This research project examined adult Sunday school in seven baptistic churches in Massachusetts. An ethnographic study was conducted to discern common practices and highlight opportunities for growth in the midst of church decline. The researcher examined the biblical concepts of teaching and knowing and conducted a literature review of the history of Sunday school, pedagogical best practices, and advances in cognitive neuroscience of learning. The researcher identified five themes common to these Sunday school programs that have resulted in lack of holistic formation in Sunday School as traditionally practiced: mission, attendance, commitment/engagement, format, and content. The field research yielded a pessimistic portrait of adult Sunday school in six of the seven churches studied. It was shown to be an outdated model practiced by a dwindling group. The researcher described ways, using the five identified themes, in which the aging Sunday school model could be augmented to better fulfill the goals of knowing in the biblical sense, personal transformation, and cooperation with the Holy Spirit's guidance and teachings. Teaching in ways that transform lives is a long-term cooperative effort with the Holy Spirit and can only be done in the context of a healthy church community. Churches that do not prioritize discipleship set themselves up for members who are spiritually apathetic, and ultimately those churches may decline over time.

Equipping selected women at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Gordonville, Florida, with small group leadership skills

Author
Kathy L Pickett
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected women at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Gordonville, Florida, with small group leadership skills. The project director developed a training workshop using research and input from experts in small group leadership. She also attended two workshops: Leadership and Effective Small Group Training and Curricula Design and Development. The project director performed three phases in this project. In the first phase, the project director researched resources that specifically targed small group leadership skills and compiled an annotated bibliography. The second phase involved the development of an eight-week workshop curriculum. The third phase consisted of equipping selected women of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

Equipping the church council of First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas, in strategic planning skills

Author
Marion R Jaye
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip the church council of First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas in basic strategic planning skills. The project director researched the field of strategic planning. Basic skills for effective planning were identified. The project director also researched the field of curriculum development. The information gained from researching both fields was used to develop appropriate strategic planning curriculum. Twenty-four learners attended the equipping sessions. The church council members represented varying degrees of past exposure to strategic planning. Evaluation of the overall effectiveness of project implementation relied on pre and post training surveys.
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