Church work with adults

Work Perspectives, The Sacred/Secular Divide, and Workplace-Related Preaching, Equipping, and Church Support

Author
Joy P. Dahl D.Min.
Abstract
This study explored perspectives of work and workers, as well as potential connections between these perspectives and a lack of workplace-related preaching, equipping, and support provided by the church to congregants. This research, founded on a biblical theology of work, identifies implications for understanding church dynamics, and for dismantling beliefs and practices upholding the unbiblical sacred/secular divide.

The research engaged two groups within one church: pastors/paid church staff and congregants. The survey focused on: (1) value of work inside versus outside the church; (2) value of workers inside versus outside the church; (3) importance of work-related topics for preaching, equipping, and support within the church; and (4) adequacy of pastor/staff understanding of non-church workplaces and their ability to help congregants address workplace issues. This Doctor of Ministry project represents a unique study which evaluates perspectives of church workers and non-church workers within one church body regarding a primary area of everyday life often unaddressed or under-addressed by the church.

Two descriptive surveys, one for each group, garnered a 69.01% response rate from 71 pastors/staff, and a 9.62% response rate from 5,113 congregants. The surveys gathered quantitative responses, except for two qualitative responses regarding workplace demographics (for congregants only) which assisted the church in understanding the makeup of its non-church workers. The results of the surveys revealed that both pastors/staff and congregants within this church placed similar, high value on church and non-church work and workers. However, these perspectives did not translate into pastors/staff attributing high importance to work-related topics within church practices when compared to other topics. Additionally, both groups affirmed an inadequate understanding by pastors/staff of non-church workplaces and the daily issues congregants face.

The final chapter includes conclusions of the study and implications for future research. It also provides recommendations of potential next steps for the church.

Developing a young adult evangelism strategy for Lewisport Baptist Church, Lewisport, Kentucky

Author
Edward DeWayne Goodgine
Abstract
The purpose of this projct was to develop a young adult evangelism strategy for Lewisport Baptist Church in Lewisport, Kentucky. The project director led a select group of adults from Lewisport Baptist Church to develop a strategy to evangelize young adults in the surrounding community. The strategy team gathered research, resources, and effective evangelism models during the process. Through reflection on selected books and resources concerning the millennial generation, the project director and strategy team felt prepared to create a strategy to evangelize young adults. The project concluded with a completed strategy for reaching young adults which was presented to the church and unanimously approved.

Developing a median-adult discipleship strategy for Council Road Baptist Church, Bethany, Oklahoma

Author
Jason Lynn Arnold
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a median adult discipleship strategy for Council Road Baptist Church, Bethany, Oklahoma. Completion of this strategy included several steps and many people were enlisted to give their expert opinions of the work presented here. The project director explored internal demographics of the church’s median adult department to identify trends. The next step was completed when the project director investigated discipleship model strategies and produced a church-specific discipleship strategy. The project director utilized the Lead Team of the church as the strategy planning group. The completed strategy was presented to a selected group of median adult leaders for final approval.

USING THE TRUTHS EMBODIED IN THE LORD’S PRAYER TO DISCIPLE NEW

BELIEVERS AT THE SUMMIT CHURCH, SALINE COUNTY,

BENTON, ARKANSAS

Author
Phillip Zachary Reno D.Min.
Abstract
The thesis of the praxis director’s ministry praxis was to use the theological truths embodied within the Lord’s Prayer for the purpose of discipleship of new believers at the Summit Church, Saline County, in Benton Arkansas. The director’s method of research was to identify the doctrinal truths within the Lord’s Prayer through an exegesis of the text as well as researching historical uses of the Lord’s Prayer for discipleship. The director developed and presented a teaching curriculum based on the doctrinal truths of the Lord’s Prayer to new believers within his church context. The praxis director concluded that using the truths of the Lord’s Prayer in the discipleship process of new believers was greatly beneficial.

PRINCIPLES FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERS TRAINING IN THE MONGOLIAN CONTEXT

Author
Steve Posey D.Min.
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry Project was designed to discover key leadership principles to serve as the basis for leadership training curriculum for emerging Christian leaders in the Mongolian cultural setting. Furthermore, it sought to discover effective pedagogical principals and methods to be employed in teaching the material to the anticipated participants, adult Mongolian learners.

The methodological research was based on a qualitative methods strategy. Eleven information-rich Mongolian Christian leaders were interviewed using an eight-question ethnographic protocol instrument. Two Mongolian university professors, representatives of the sociological and anthropological sciences, and two expatriate missionaries resident in the country for over ten years and involved in developing leaders were also interviewed using the instrument.

Research also included study of contemporary scholarly leadership literature, both secular and Christian. The research sought to unearth contemporary thinking about leadership’s essence and exercise in the Mongolian culture. Biblical study of representative, Godly leaders in search of the leadership principles that characterize their lives and ministry was undertaken in conjunction with the qualitative and literary research.

The key conclusion of the project research was that in spite of a cultural preponderance of dictatorial leadership, ethnographic respondents, literature, and biblical study indicated that a leadership curriculum for Mongolian Christian leaders should focus on the dynamics of servant leadership, as espoused in the Bible, and it’s practical application in Mongolian society. Pedagogically an adult learner strategy needs to be used in teaching the training curriculum comprised of leadership principles.

Equipping selected leaders at Carterville Baptist Church, Petal, Mississippi, with addiction recovery ministry skills

Author
Stephen Reid Guy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders at Carterville Baptist Church, Petal, Mississippi, with addiction recovery ministry skills. The project director researched the topic of addiction in order to determine skills needed by individuals to minister to those struggling with addiction. Research was completed by using books, journals, websites, periodicals, and expert interviews. The research was used to develop a curriculum that was taught to the selected group in five sessions. participants were evaluated by the utilization of a pre-test and a post-test, role playing, and commitment cards. Two professional goals for this project were to increase the project director’s knowledge on the topic of addiction recovery ministry and to develop a curriculum.

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Adult Ministry Team of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

Author
Jason W Snyder
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the Adult Ministry team of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas. The project director assessed the characteristics of the Adult Ministry team to determine spiritual formation needs. Subsequently, the project director researched the field of spiritual formation to determine best practices, identifying five domains: corporate, relationship, discipline, gap, and rest domains. To prepare for the strategy development sessions further, the author revisited fifteen spiritual formation strategies and presented this information to the strategy team.

Equipping selected adult small group leaders of First Baptist Church, McDonough, Georgia in transformative teaching skills

Author
Joel S Harris
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adult small group leaders of First Baptist Church, McDonough, Georgia, in transformative teaching skills. The project Director conducted research in the field of transformative learning and developed a curriculum to train adult small group leaders in transformative teaching skills. The training was conducted in five sessions; an overview, a demonstration of transformative teaching skills, two sessions allowing participants to use the skills and the last session was a debrief. As a result of the training, selected adult small group leaders were equipped with transformational teaching skills.

An evaluation of the fidelity curriculum in the spiritual formation of adult disciples

Author
Markene M Meyer
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation curriculum that fostered attentiveness in adult disciples in three interrelated areas: attentiveness to their relationship with Christ, attentiveness to their own soul, and attentiveness to the way they live as Christ-followers. Fidelity: Discovering a Way that is Life-Giving introduced students to the Benedictine way of life, a way ordered around attentiveness to God, and the ancient discipline of abiding by a rule of life. Research results suggest that adult disciples who complete Fidelity grow in attentiveness. Fidelity is published as Thrive: Life-Giving Disciplines for a Chaotic World.

Developing an adult discipleship strategy for Oakville Baptist Church, Oakville, Texas

Author
Tommy S Stogner
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an adult discipleship strategy for Oakville Baptist Church, Oakville, Texas. The first step of the project consisted of researching church and community demographics. During this step, the project director explored existing discipleship strategies of Christian churches and secular organizations. In the second step, the director led a discipleship strategy team to develop an adult discipleship strategy. In the third step of the project, the director presented the developed adult discipleship strategy to Oakville Baptist Church for approval. Oakville Baptist Church unanimously approved the adult discipleship strategy. The project director and discipleship strategy team developed a discipleship strategy that consisted of the characteristics of a disciple, core values, mission statement, vision statement, and an adult discipleship strategy visual.
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