Christian life

The Art of Storytelling: Developing Discernment in an Age of Distraction

Author
Mark A Hamby
Abstract
Through the art of storytelling, twelve instructional lessons of Wisdom lay the foundation for the development of discernment in relation to Wisdom and Folly. The categorically prescriptive truths of Proverbs 1:1-10:1, Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, 2 Peter 1:3-10, and Hebrews 5:8-14 will serve as the building blocks for the development of Christ-like character. Four goals of this research are: (1) an understanding of the fear of the Lord; (2) an increase in discernment when faced with Folly's promises of prosperity, prestige, protection, and pleasure; (3) an increased motivation to yield to correction; and (4) a yearning to seek Wisdom as hidden treasure.

The Role of Parents and Churches in China in View of Winning Back the Next Spiritual Generation.

Author
Beng Wah Lim
Abstract
The purpose of the study is to identify influential components of parents and church involvement that lead to spiritual growth and vibrancy in adulthood. Twelve parents of spiritually vibrant adults were surveyed from house (10) and three-self churches (2) throughout provinces (7) and municipalities (5) in mainland China. The survey revealed the parents' regular prayer life, loving and respectful marriage, commitment to faith, and positive parent-child relationship as the most influential components of family life. It was concluded that spiritual modeling in everyday activities by the parents are more influential than formal teaching of the Bible or trainings from the church.

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.

Introspection and prayer in Christian maturation: a course of study and discipline

Author
Park James Ranck
Abstract
This is a course to help people progress in their Christian maturation through an actual experience of the Indwelling Christ. Christian maturation is defined as growth toward having a Spirit-filled character as described in the New Testament. A six month course was taught in six churches and involved thirty-four people. Pre- and post-course psychological testing instruments were used as well as questionnaires at the end of the course. The comparison of the testing instruments' data shows a significant growth toward Christian maturity as defined by the author. The overall opinion of the participants supports these findings.

A strategy for counseling through preaching

Author
Edwin H Moyer
Abstract
This project was designed to integrate preaching and pastoral care ministries so that the sermon might be a therapy instrument for congregation members.The project sought through preaching to focus on needs expressed by the audience, understanding that responsive communication might exist between pulpit and pew, even without verbal exchange. The report outlines biblical and theological bases for the concept of counseling through preaching. Methodology entailed determination of issues people wanted addressed; preparation of sermons based on those concerns and summarizing feedback received by several means. The project showed positive results since people found help for issues they were confronting.

The implications of student personnel's concept of student development for theological education at Bethel Seminary

Author
Richard E Daniels
Abstract
This thesis proposes student development as an essential task within theological education. Several sources for clarifying the developmental issues of seminary students were discussed. The primary developmental issues of Bethel seminarians were identified as: interpersonal relationships, personal and professional identity, human sexuality, and spiritual formation. Spiritual formation was selected for additional evaluation. A more effective response to this need was suggested in light of recent A.T.S. projects on spiritual formation and the developing theory of spiritual formation (e.g. Fowler and others). A student personnel model for student development was used which incorporates three change strategies: instruction, consultation, and milieu management. A three-year program of spiritual formation was proposed for bethel Theological Seminary.

Taking disciple-making seriously: a plan for forming, equipping and sending adults at Germantown Presbyterian Church, Germantown, Tennessee

Author
Louise U Lawson
Abstract
In a postmodern culture, the church can no longer take its identity, mission, message and perhaps even its future for granted. Because this is so, the church must be far more intentional about its calling to make disciples, challenging believers to a life-time of commitment, growth, witness and service. Using biblical foundations, "missional" theology and educational insights, this project presents a three-part plan for forming, equipping and sending the saints in a Presbyterian congregation.

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.
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