Church renewal

Building a Discipleship Culture for the Re-Missioning of Millersville Brethren in Christ Church

Author
Christopher John Freet
Abstract
Reports of disciple-making movements and church-planting movements continue to grow and gain steam around the globe. Interestingly, very few movements have been recorded in the Western Church setting. An aspect of global church movements entails the utilization of easily reproducible systems and structures while equipping new disciples to carryout Jesus’ disciple-making call in the world. One tool that is used in these movements is the Discovery Bible Study method. Relying on this tool and implementing it within the discipleship process of Millersville Brethren in Christ Church in an attempt to build a culture of disciple-making discipleship has proved to have the opposite effect in the life of the church. Disciple-making in the Western Church context needs to be contextualized to its local context, patient in its approach, with an understanding that discipleship can and must take place in and through various modes and methods. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the discipleship process.

Developing a revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Amite, Louisiana

Author
Doyle k Waldrop III D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Amite, Louisiana (FBCA). The first step was an internal analysis of the congregation of FBCA. Statistical information was gathered from the Annual Church Profile reports and insights gained from the project director's tenure as pastor. The analysis also included an assessment of the congregation of FBCA. The insight and assessment results were shared with the Vision Committee of FBCA, which served the project as strategy-planning team. The team assisted the project director in identifying the critical areas of need in the life of FBCA, giving insights and direction for strategy components, and aided the project director in setting goals and action steps for the strategy itself. The project director met with the team in four sessions to accomplish the aforementioned purpose. The revitalization strategy for FBCA was presented to the deacons of FBCA for approval.

Building Community for the Renewal of Mission in Chicago's Catholic Parishes: The Wisdom of the Black Catholic Experience for Renew My Church

Author
Matthew Sean O'Donnell D.Min.
Abstract
Renew My Church is described as an innovative pastoral initiative in the Archdiocese of Chicago that identifies the three guiding imperatives of making disciples, building communities, and inspiring witness as essential to the renewal of pastoral life and ministry in the Archdiocese. Every parish in the Archdiocese will participate in this initiative. This thesis-project will critically engage the imperative to build community by looking at St. Katharine Drexel parish in Chicago, Illinois. This thesis-project will demonstrate how learning from the Black Catholic experience of building, strengthening, and sustaining community can contribute a spirituality and theological foundation for Renew My Church that is rooted in a communal worldview.

A qualitative study exploring how senior pastors can deliberately move the congregation toward systemic gospel health

Author
Edward W Dunnington
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore how senior pastors can lead congregations toward systemic gospel health. The research focused on how pastors describe systemic health, what pastors believe to be hindrances to systemic health, and how pastors cultivate systemic health within their congregations. The literature reviewed included biblical and theological material relating to a congregation's systemic nature and the definition of congregational gospel health; change theory; systems theory; and the leader's role. The researcher interviewed two senior pastors of two different churches, their spouses, staff, and lay leaders. Both senior leaders articulated four factors that the literature supported: personal and marital growth; thinking systemically about the congregation; a working knowledge of change theory; and having at least one co-laborer in the work of change. This kind of systemic change is not simply technical in nature, but adaptive and cannot be done alone.

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.

Leadership in Church Revitalization

Author
Timothy C Strickland
Abstract
The researcher hypothesized that Toronto area church leaders who participated in a short-term revitalization training cohort would be equipped to begin leading revitalization in their churches. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods to study the impact of the revitalization training on the participants, the researcher concluded that the hypothesis was correct. The theological chapter studies church revitalization leaders as strategic, missionary leaders. The literature review chapter studies the following church revitalization themes: the type of leader needed, church leadership structure, outward missionary focus, leading change, and minstry areas to change.

Developing holistic mission for the tranformation of community

Author
Dipak Raj Rai
Abstract
This study on "Developing Holistic Mission for the Transformation of the Community" presents an analysis of the church based holistic mission for the transformation of the community undertaken in Nepal. Chapter one introduces the project paper and chapter two presents the brief history of holistic Christian mission in Nepal. Chapters three and four are theological chapters that deal with poverty, Christian call for the holistic ministry and various models of the transformational development. Chapter five discusses the application, outcome and learning of the applied model of holistic mission for the transformation of the community as undertaken in four communities in Nepal, and final chapter summarizes the project.

Midwife for the Missio Dei: A Peer Learning Model for Developing Clergy Leadership and Missional Congregations

Author
Beth Sanders
Abstract
The "Midwife for the Missio Dei" project evaluates a spiritual midwife model of clergy leadership for advancing the church's mission. The project uses semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, and participatory group observation to collect data on change in clergy participants' leadership of missional growth before and after implementation of skills derived from the practice of midwifery. The data collected measures change in discernment ability and effectiveness in advancing mission. The research shows that spiritual midwife leadership can effect a positive change in clergy leadership ability in furtherance of the mission of the church.

Recovering the Holiness of God in the Twenty-First Century

Author
Donna R Ryan
Abstract
Holiness is vital to the twenty first century Church. Using theology, the history of holiness, and the life of Jonathan Edwards, this work examines how Modernity, Post Modernity, and Technology have brought about change. It compares Northampton with the current age and explores Edwards' documentation of holiness in the Revival of 173435 and the Great Awakening as a move of God. It compares technological, sociological, and psychological developments of the secular culture to discern areas where the church has sacrificed crucial Christian doctrine and practice. It concludes with suggestions for recovering the wholeness and beauty of God's holiness to revive the church.

The disciple training with the approach of "the sanctification of the community"

Author
Shumin Cheng
Abstract
The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the relationship between the concept of corporate sanctification of the church body and the building of a healthy church and to propose strategies for building a sanctified church. The study covers corporate sanctification in the Old and New Testaments, the doctrine of salvation and sanctification, church history, and other works on the subject. A selection of Chinese churches in the United States were studied as a basis for the formulation of the strategy of corporate sanctification.
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