Christian education

A Phenomenology of Authentic Leadership

Author
Joshua James Tilley D.Min.
Abstract
Objective: To grasp the characteristics and essence of authentic leadership as seen and experienced through the lives of those who have served under and/or over those they perceive and identify as “authentic” or “high quality” leaders.

Method: A literary review and a biblical review were conducted to establish the current scholarship related to authentic leadership. A new phenomenological study was conducted in October of 2018. 12 individuals were interviewed either in person, by phone, or via a video chat.
Results: The result was a literary study, a biblical review, and a new phenomenological study of authentic leadership.

Conclusions: Through the phenomenology and subsequent qualitative research, the researcher came to the conclusion that authentic leadership is provided, felt, and acted upon in different ways by different people in different cultures, but the one universal essence of authentic leadership is the paradox of “relief” and “peace” preceded by a sense of “anxiety” and “pressure,” which is provoked within the follower by the leader. Trust is built through the process.
A model of existential peace is offered to demonstrate this meaning, but no model for creating an authentic leadership is presented as a phenomenology does not provide the groundwork needed to establish such a theory. All cultures represent leadership in different ways, so further research would need to be conducted to create such a model.

Awana Together: Empowering Parents as Spiritual Mentors for Their Children

Author
Sara-Jane Heacox Sosa D.Min.
Abstract
The post-Christian culture in the United States presents a significant challenge to the spiritual growth of adults and children. At Plymouth Covenant Church, ministry leaders recognized that young parents often lacked a biblical foundation. Many did not feel competent to lead their children spiritually. These parents needed a vibrant personal faith as well as good role models. As a result, ministry leaders designed a more effective way to empower parents as spiritual mentors for their children. They created a new ministry that would provide personal faith development for parents, a supportive faith community, family-focused programming, and solid biblical teaching. This new ministry was a family version of Awana that they called Awana Together.

The problem that this project addressed was the need for a family ministry model at Plymouth Covenant Church that fostered a partnership between the church and families that empowered parents as spiritual mentors for their children. It used an intrinsic case study approach to evaluate Plymouth Covenant’s unique ministry, Awana Together, to determine if it provided a pathway for a better partnership between the home and the church in empowering parents as spiritual mentors. The research included evaluations of biblical passages and current scholarship, surveys of past and present Awana Together participants, focus group discussions with ministry leaders, and in-depth questionnaire responses from three different families. The research revealed that Awana Together was successfully designed to meet the goal of empowering parents as spiritual mentors for their children.

A Study of the Exegetical Conversational Bible Study for Spiritual Growth and Formation in Korean Immigration Church Small Groups

Author
Hyunkee Bae
Abstract
The purposes for this dissertation are to investigate the small group for the efficient Bible study to impact on spiritual growth and formation and to suggest a practical and efficient teaching method for organizing and operating small group Bible studies that can help the churches implement effective Bible studies. To accomplish these two goals, the exegetical conversational Bible study, which is a small group and interactive Bible study, was conducted at two Korean immigrant churches in the United States. Two surveys and group interviews and individuals were implemented. As a result, this project concludes that the exegetical conversational Bible study positively influenced the spiritual growth and formation of the participants in the small group.

Equipping selected teachers of the Georgia Baptist Convention Hispanic churches in best Bible teaching practices for children

Author
Lucinda S Lyons
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected teachers of the Georgia Baptist Convention Hispanic churches in best Bible teaching practices for children. First the project director researched the field to determine best practices for teaching theology to children, and then developed a curriculum. The project director presented the curriculum in an all-day training session. The training session included: (1) teaching methodologies based on Deuteronomy, (2) questions carefully worded to help children discover the Bible message, and (3) a model for discovering biblical truth, developed to help both the teacher and the students identify the doctrinal elements in the bible passage being studied and for creative, practical ways to apply the doctrine in daily life. An expert in biblical and theological studies reviewed the research and an annotated bibliography on which the curriculum was designed, and a curriculum expert approved the lesson plans. Rev. Tim Millwood, as field mentor, discussed the project prior to the implementation, attended the project implementation, and provided feedback on the project and its impact. The stages of the project development, results, evaluation, and reflection complete the project report.

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.
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