Christian education--Curriculum

The development and testing of a curriculum for inquiry-based leadership in the Ecclesia Network for the advancement of God's mission

Author
James Rodney (J.R.) Briggs
Abstract
The purpose of this research project is to create, implement, and test an inquiry-based curriculum within churches in The Ecclesia Network in order to evaluate and equip leaders in churches across the United States. The researcher selected six groups in different regions of the United States to conduct surveys, interviews, and small group meetings to evaluate the effectiveness, fruitfulness, and clarity of the inquiry-based curriculum Asking Better Questions. This paper presents the process and the results of this evaluative study. The results offer recommendations for improvement and refinement of the Asking Better Questions curriculum. Kingdom communities who ask wise, compassionate, courageous questions will be the ones leading us into the future to the glory of God.

Teaching church history in the local congregation

Author
Brent Klein D.Min.
Abstract
Using Church History: An Essential Guide, by Justo Gonzalez1 as the primary text and by means of a Bible study, study guides, and presentations on various historical events, over a ten-week period, the participants were led through a brief study of the twothousand-year history of the New Testament Church.

The purposes of the project are to 1) teach the participants significant events of the Church’s past beyond what they have learned from Acts, certain events of the Reformation era, and the events that have occurred in their lifetimes; 2) help them see that God has guided the events of history for the benefit of the Gospel and His Church; and 3) help them find assurance and guidance from how the Church has dealt with issues in the past as they deal with current issues in the Church.

On the parish level, the teaching of God’s Word and the Catechism is first and foremost. In addition to that, it is also worth considering teaching some church history to the laity. God’s people can derive guidance (and along with that, assurance) from the events of the Church’s past and the lives of Christians who came before.

Becoming More Like Jesus: Spiritual Formation As the Key to Congregational Disciple-Making

Author
Alan Chee-Siang Goh D.Min.
Abstract

This research portfolio tracks the discoveries I have made in the Doctor of Ministry program about my faith journey, understanding of spiritual formation, and desire for greater efficacy in disciple-making.
In writing my spiritual autobiography, I was blessed to realize the many ways I have been transformed in my life since saying ‘yes’ to Jesus at the age of eleven. More significantly, there was born in me a deep desire to discover how God formed and transformed me. Fueled by the courses in the DMin program, this growing interest in spiritual formation led me to believe that the teaching and understanding of spiritual formation must become the priority of my thinking and practice of ministry moving forward.
In the second section of this portfolio, my understanding of the spiritual formation process developed into a manual for teaching a basic spiritual formation course for believers.
For the third section, in order to see if a persuasive case could be made for teaching spiritual formation basics to everyone in the congregation, a research project was undertaken to teach spiritual formation to the elders of my church. Ultimately, the findings of the research did support that teaching spiritual formation will lead believers to a more comprehensive understanding. As a result, I am persuaded to prioritize a basic spiritual formation course for every believer and that this is key to achieving greater effectiveness in our church’s disciple-making.

The Wisdom of Silence: Contemplative Practice for Adolescents in the Context of a Catholic Secondary School Curriculum

Author
Jan Rudolf Flaska D.Min.
Abstract
Let’s face it - contemporary adolescent life in the United States is filled with noise. Amidst the metaphorical and literal din of increasingly covert wireless technology, the heavy demand of social media and a cultural espousal of multitasking, the adolescent spirit can be a forgotten concern. There is, therefore, a need to reclaim the wisdom of silence in the lives of adolescents, inviting them to welcome these moments for the power they offer, and to embrace the call of Teresa of Avila in “turning the eyes of the soul… to the Lord.”

This project is intended to introduce and nurture contemplative practices, as presented in Christian literary spiritual classics, in the lives of adolescents in scholastic Catholic settings.
Offered in response to the frequent, unregulated noise of technology manifest in phones and other platforms for social media, adolescents will benefit in a multiplicity of manners from a regular encounter with spiritually grounded silence.

A Study on the Education and Spiritual Formation for Church Construction in a Redevelopment Area: Focused on the Preparation for Constructing a New Dongkwang Church Building

Author
Jong-yoon Won
Abstract
This study aims to explore church education and spiritual formation as a means of preparing for the construction of a new church building in a redevelopment area. To this end, detailed and extensive research was carried out on the Church and architecture. And then, based on the research results, education was offered to members in the church for the sake of getting the biblical meaning of the church and the scientific concept of architecture understood; afterward, in conjunction with the education, a special prayer campaign and spiritual retreat were carefully organized and officially executed. By doing so, Dongkwang Church's spiritual community came to receive a new vision of a great thing implied in the redevelopment project, and further the whole congregation ended up with a pledge of commitment to church construction.

An Impact Study of a Ministry of Full Reconciliation Between the Sacred and Secular

Author
Steven M Hall
Abstract
This project's purpose was to impact the spiritual formation of participants from Heritage Community Church in Severn, Maryland by increasing their awareness of the essential need to reconcile the physical witht he spiritual through an eight-week course. The design of the project included the administration of Pre- and Post-test assessments. The results of the course revealed that the participants had little understanding of the physical and spiritual divide. Upon increasign this awareness and offering interventions to better reconcile the physical and spiritual through the course, participants reported the impact being a more sensible, satisfying and holistic experience of spiritual formation.

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.

DEVELOPING AN EDUCATOR EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, SUWANEE, GEORGIA, FOR KOREAN DIASPORA CHURCHES

Author
Abraham SeongHee Han
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research the Korean diaspora, the Korean diaspora churches, their church education and leadership system, and the curriculum in order to develop a curriculum for the re-education of church education leaders in the New Life Baptist Church in Suwanee, Georgia, USA. To achieve this goal, the project director worked in the following way. First, the meaning and contents of diaspora, church, and leadership were explored based on the Bible. Second, the selected literature on American community, Korean diaspora community, Korean diaspora church, church leadership, and curriculum were carefully studied. Third, the project director did unintentional participant observation and (unintentionally and intentionally) interviewed the New Life Baptist Church and its community. Fourth, he listened to the faculty and field mentors, church education specialists and the persons concerned, and curriculum specialists and lifelong education experts. Fifth, a list of annotated bibliographies was created, and a five-session curriculum was developed. Sixth, the project director reflected on the promotion of his own knowledge and curriculum development skills on the subject of the project. Seventh, the project director revised some of the annotated bibliographies generated by himself based on the quantitative and qualitative evaluation opinions of the church education experts on the curriculum. As a result of this project research, a single, annotated bibliography was created and a curriculum was developed for the re-education of church education leaders in the New Life Baptist Church in Suwanee, Georgia. The result of this project, including the findings of this project, will contribute to the transformation of the Korean Diaspora Church into a church that is not generationally separate, but worshipping God, serving the communities and the nations, and teaching and learning together with all the generations.

Equipping Selected Men of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, South Carolina, with Biblical Mentoring Skills

Author
Eric s Kuykendall
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip the selected men of First Baptist Spartanburg with biblical mentoring skills. The project accomplished its purpose when the selected men completed the training and began mentoring other men using their newly acquired mentoring skills. This Doctor of Ministiy project contained three primary components. The first component involved researching various resources in the field of biblical mentoring in order to identify essential skills. The second component of the project involved the development of curriculum. The third component of the project was the equipping phase, in which the director equipped the selected men with biblical mentoring skills. Evaluation from experts and standards in the relevant fields accompanied these components.

This study assesses impact of a discipleship training curriculum on the missional focus of church leaders

Author
Gregory Walker
Abstract
This project assesses the impact of a discipleship training curriculum on the missional focus of church leaders. The project design included seven interactive lessons, pre-test and post-test questionnaires. The results revealed that the eleven participants were more missionally focused after engaging the discipleship training curriculum. Their awareness and knowledge to include others in God's missional intent grew. Participants were more motivated to explore interpersonal involvement and self-reflection in making-disciples.The findings also indicated an enhanced understanding in cultivating missional focus, spending added time building relationships and exercising skills to support a disciple's growth.
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