Christian life

Developing Christlike Disciples with the Fourfold Spiritual Journey Model at Westwood Alliance Church

Author
Wai Fung Chow D.Min.
Abstract
In this research portfolio, the author explores spiritual formation as a deeper life journey to imitate Jesus Christ. The key question the research addressed is how Jesus’ followers in Westwood Alliance Church (hereafter called WAC) can walk into a deeper life journey with Jesus Christ. Four aspects of Jesus’ life on earth have been identified for the sake of living out the life modelled by Jesus Christ (Discipline, Surrender, Testimony, and Community). The author examined the question through four separate yet related dimensions: (i) the author’s spiritual autobiography into the Life of Discipline, in which the author confirmed his vocational calling from God; (ii) the process of recovering from grief into the Life of Surrender, in which the author realized the valuable transformation in his life after his wife’s passing; (iii) the Fourfold Spiritual Journey model into the Life of Testimony, in which the author tried to formulate a deeper life practice in WAC; (iv) and the field research project into the Life of Community, in which the author practised early morning prayer with a small group of people. The conclusion is that walking a spiritual journey with Jesus Christ in WAC is practical and achievable through practising spiritual disciplines to achieve the awareness of God’s presence in one’s daily life, abiding in Christ to achieve a lifestyle of surrender, sharing one’s testimony to equip other disciples, and reaching out the community of faith to serve one another.

A Study of a Missional Life Accomplished by the Missional Spiritual Disciplines Focusing on Seowon Church

Author
Ki Song Nam
Abstract
This project paper studies the relationship between the missional spirituality and a missional life hoding the question, "how do the Christians lead a missinal life?" The author draws a conclusion that the missional spirituality has a positive influence on the Christians" missional life by comparing pre-project and post-project surveys carried out targeting the congregation of the Seowon Church who participated in the training course of the missional spiritual formation.

Cultural Identification and establishing a devotional life: Essentials in rural outreach

Author
Robb W Roloff
Abstract
In order for a rural congregation to have an effective outreach, it must first understand the culture of their congregation and that of their society. This knowledge must be accompanied by a fervent prayer life specifically directed at outreach. Surveys were conducted of visitors and members to establish an understanding of their understanding of how the congregation is viewed from those who are not part of its culture and from those who are. Because of this project, deficiencies in the church's culture that inhibited new membership were corrected and the members attained a greater prayer and witness life.

Creating a process to change the culture of small group ministry form inward to focus to outward focusat Eagle Ridge Church

Author
Steven M Lennerts
Abstract
This project was an attempt to create a process by which a small group ministry engaged in meeting felt needs in the community, outside of the context of their respective small groups. After completing a six-week teaching series, the groups engaged in doing a missions project. Meeting a felt need in the missions project allowed them to minister to the recipeints of the project through prayer, encouragement, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. The purpose for the project was to teach believers how to reach the world with Christ's love beyond the walls of the church.

Witness of grace, a liturgy of hope dialogue in weekly worship as sacred encounter

Author
Jessica Patchett
Abstract
This project proposes that the practice of dialogue in response to scripture and sermon in weekly worship offers a vital liturgical and evangelical experience, offering participants a sense of connection with the church community and hope for their lives and the world. It includes narrative accounts of the practice, describes how it works, proposes theories for why it functions as a source of hope, and outlines dimensions of the practice that are more mundane, unpredictable, or unintended. The research shows that the practice offers a critical contribution to the contemporary reformation of the church.

Spiritual Formation Equipping Members in the Development of a Personal Growth Plan

Author
Steven Robert Irvin
Abstract
People are more likely to grow spiritually when they have a plan. This project was an attempt to help believers implement practices that would help them become more like Jesus. Through the support, encouragement, and accountability that came through a small group environment, participants learned how to practice historical spiritual spiritual disciplines, identify those they believed would be most helpful for their Christian growth, and developed a plan to incorporate these into their lives. Through implementing their own personal growth plan, participants became more intentional about becoming more like Jesus.

Initiating a Discipleship Strategy for Men of First Baptist Church in Sayre, Oklahoma

Author
Jonathan Russell McMullen
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to produce a discipleship strategy for men at First Baptist Church, Sayre, by having a developed team of disciple-makers. A men's ministry dinner, ten three-hour equipping sessions, and a four-day retreat were utilized. Sessions included small and large group discussions, as well as instruction. The objectives consisted of helping the participants to grow as disciples of Christ, recognizing their calling and value in discipleship ministry, and to engage them in a discipleship relationship with another man. The result of the project was seven men equipped and serving in the work of discipleship.

To train selected leaders at Oak Grove Baptist Church in launching a new spiritual transformation model

Author
Bobby M Wagner
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to train six leaders at Oak Grove Baptist Church in launching a new model of spiritual transformation that weeds out all the discipleship confusion. The model focused on God's missional pathway of discipleship that reveals a form of Synergistic Spiritual Transformation (SST). The objective was to launch the model to revitalize discipleship within the leaders and members of Oak Grove Baptist Church. The reserach revealed an increase in overall spiritual grwoth over the duration of the project. The attendance went from 80 to over 150.

Creating Discipling Cultures through the Development of Shared Metaphor

Author
Patrick S Grabendike
Abstract
This project is intended to aid students and ministry leaders in creating disciplining cultures through the development of shared metaphor. It includes the theological foundations for discipleship as well as the creative process of conveying said discipleship through creative language and visual tools. The project addresses the linguistic challenge Christian Churches can experience as a result of generational and theological differences. This project is a culmination of Westbrook Church's experience as it sought to create congregational minstry allignment by means of new metaphor that would expression the mission of the church found in Matthew 28:18-20. The conclusion is that a church community can elevate the expectation for spiritual growth and alignment through collaboration and the creation of a shared metaphor for discipleship.

Equipping Selected Members of First Baptist Church, Meeker, Oklahoma, to Enhance Their Spiritual Gifts

Author
Joseph L Jones
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of First Baptist Church, Meeker, Oklahoma, to develop and exercise their spiritual gifts. The project includes a series of sermons on the use of spiriutal gifts and how they are used in the body of Christ. The project director conducted a workshop for the selected members, which included an exit interview between each project member and the project director. The workshop, sermons, and the knowledge of the project director were evaluated by the following methods: pre-tests/post-tests, expert evaluations, and reflections on the elements involved.
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