Christian education

Equipping Selected Leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana, in Biblical Discipleship Skills

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana, in biblical discipleship skills. The project director examined research on discipleship, disciple-making, and workshop development. The project director utilized this research to develop teaching plans for the six-essential disciple-making skills workshop. The selected leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana were equipped with the skills from the research in a workshop consisting of five-hour-and-thirty-minute sessions from Saturday, June 3, 2017, and continuing each week through July 1, 2017.

Developing a Disciple-Making Strategy for Hope chapel, Jonesboro, Louisiana

Author
Marlon W Black
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a disciple-making strategy for Hope Chapel in Jonesboro, Louisiana. The project director will gather information from a demographic study of the towns of Jonesboro-Hodge. Interviews with local officials will also be conducted in defining the ministry context of Hope Chapel. The director will interview leaders from several churches comparable to Hope Chapel to identify effective disciple-making practices. The project director will work with a project team of six individuals from Hope Chapel to develop a disciple-making strategy. The project team will assist the project director in exploring the demographics and data in and around Jonesboro-Hodge, in identifying disciple-making models of churches with similar characteristics as Hope Chapel, and developing a disciple-making strategy for Hope Chapel. The strategy will be presented to the Board of Directors of Hope Chapel, along with a selected group of church members for approval.

Leading a Local Congregation to Develop A Theology of Stewardship Based on Bilblical Truth

Author
James A Gibson
Abstract
The project's context was the Greater Temple Missionary Baptist Church located at 300 Fourth Avenue West in Birmingham, Alabama. The ministry problem that was identified was the need to improve the decline in church donations. It was hypothesized that developing a Theology of Stewardship would increase the contributions to the church. The methodology used by this project for training the congregation was eight sermons on stewardship, a focus group study, and field notes. The data collection and analysis process involved posttest and pretest surveys, interviews, an field notes. Contributions were increased.

Teaching Sexual Identity in the Church: A Biblical Defense of God's Design

Author
Eric L Armstrong
Abstract
This dissertation argues that God's sexual design for men and women, which has been generally accepted as correct through the ages, even when not adhered to in actual practice, is under severe assault by modern thinking. Nevertheless, Christian congregations and their ministers can, through courage and faith, overcome ungodly rationalizations for ungodly sexual beliefs and actions by setting out the godly tenets of sexual righteousness and supporting them with valid Biblical argument. Chapter one introduces the thesis while providing a methodology for implementation and application of Biblical truth related to sexual identity and practice. Chapter two chronicles the decline of sexual morality in western societies and identities the pattern of thought driving cultural change. Chapter three speaks to the evangelical missteps in addressing the sexual revolution and points toward a comprehensive plan of correction. Chapter four seeks to establish a systematic theology of sexual identity and practice while chapter five speaks to guidelines for preaching sensitive material within a congregational setting. In the final two chapters, an example sermon series is provided and evaluated to reveal the usefulness of such an approach in the local church.

The Development of a Three-Part Strategy to Introduce, Train, and Equip the Members of the Mount of Olives Seventh-day Adventist Church of Brooklyn, New York on How to do Personal Evangelism

Author
Maxwell N Ferguson
Abstract
The author developed a three-part strategy to introduce, train and equip members of the Mount of Olives SDA Church of Brooklyn, New York on how to do Personal Evangelism. The author first heightened parishioners interest in personal evangelism, then demonstrated that personal evangelism was biblical and created a six-part training program to equip them on how to do personal evangelism. Participants were then given the opportunity to implement the principles they learned in order to determine the effectiveness of this strategy. The study demonstrated that personal evangelism is an effective strategy to grow a congregation. Over the period of a year 8 new members were added using the strategies introduced.

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.

Intentional discipleship: a ministry designed for Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church to fulfill the command of Christ

Author
Bradford R Williamson
Abstract
To enable churches to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20), this study proposes the employment of an Intentional Discipleship Ministry. Building on knowledge relative to biblical teachings, historical church discipleship, and contemporary literature on this subject, this study advocates the use of three phases of teaching to accomplish this goal. These are the study of a contemporary catechism; the development of Life Groups that incorporate Bible study, fellowship, and service; and a mentoring ministry that pairs spiritually older believers with spiritually younger believers. The findings suggest that awareness and transformation do result from intentional efforts to disciple believers.

The development, implementation, and assessment of a nutrition curriculum unit for grades 9-12 in Seventh-day Adventist Schools in Ontario

Author
Maria G McClean
Abstract
Nutrition instruction is integral to balanced education. In Seventh-day Adventist schools in Ontario, instruction in nutrition has been inconsistent historically. To start addressing this inconsistency, this project pursued the development, implementation, and assessment of a nutrition curriculum unit for grades 9 to 12 in Seventh-day Adventist schools in Ontario. It was developed and tested at Crawford Adventist Academy. The curriculum objectives were that students would understand the contribution of nutrition to optimal health, identify and access trustworthy nutrition resources, link nutrition principles to personal Christian stewardship, and honour God by making consistent, healthy nutrition choices that would result in behavioural change.

A study of the importance of Bible reading and its impact on the church and Christians: the case of the entire Bible reading school in Northern Virginia

Author
Siyoung Choi
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop an entire Bible reading program for Christians who face challenges with reading the entire Bible for themselves. Many Christians possess fragmentary understanding of the Bible. This study was conducted at the Entire Bible Reading Ministry located in Northern Virginia. In this project, the participants read through the entire New Testament in twelve weeks. The study showed the strong need for a program which provides a particular method of Bible reading. The project enabled them to read through the Bible for themselves with profound understanding, enriching their faith and lives.

Promoting coordinated disciple-making through a regular planning process with an emphasis in spiritual discernment

Author
Jonathan A Davis
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to promote coordinated disciple making at Tower View Baptist Church through a regular planning process with an emphasis in spiritual discernment. The result of the successful implementation of the ministry project will be a year-long ministry plan for Tower View Baptist Church, and a desire by both the leaders and the general congregation to continue the regular planning process in the future for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ.
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