Church work with children

Investigating and Increasing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Children’s Ministry at Victory Church of Melbourne, Florida

Author
Stanley R Patton D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the children’s ministry at Victory Church of Melbourne, Florida, a growing multicultural and multigenerational church. Conversations with the children’s ministry team, parents, child participants, and the senior pastor of Victory indicated that changes needed to be implemented in order to grow the ministry. This project used a case study methodology, focusing on a church with similar demographics as Victory, to discover the underlying factors needed to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Victory’s children’s ministry. To test the working theory that an increase in resources, team leadership, and parental involvement leads to increased effectiveness and efficiency, surveys were sent to three children’s ministry leaders from the case study church. Interviews were then conducted to follow up on survey responses. The resulting quantitative and qualitative data was analyzed using the Qualtrics platform. The findings suggest that there are five components needed to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the children’s ministry at Victory Church: a vision/philosophy of children’s ministry based on the great commission; adequate resources/funding for the children’s ministry; key staff leadership; parental involvement; and strategic planning and the development of organizational systems.

EQUIPPING PARENTS TO TEACH APOLOGETICS TO THEIR ELEMENTARY-AGE CHILDREN AT BROADMOOR BAPTIST CHURCH IN SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA

Author
Jarred Pellegrin D.Min.
Abstract
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,” 1 Timothy 4:1. This is a clear warning that the enemy is working to deceive and cause people in the church to fall away. What if the church could better equip the laity to address the areas often used for the deceptive purposes talked about in this verse? This dissertation addresses the issue of people walking away from the church, particularly people who have grown up in the church and walked away after high school. I argue that in order to keep these individuals from walking away from their faith, they need to be equipped to better understand and rationally defend that faith through apologetic training. While other projects have had a similar goal and targeted teens, this project is targeted at parents with a goal of equipping them with the tools necessary to teach core apologetic concepts to their early elementary age students. This dissertation seeks to lay a foundation on which to build an apologetic and instill a Christocentric world view into students at the earliest possible age. Then the desire is for the parents to partner with the church to build a strong structure of apologetics and understanding well before they would be tempted to walk away from their faith.

Christian nurture through infant [school] : Sanggye Gwanglim Church 'Agi Hakyo' project

Author
Byunghoon Kwon
Abstract
"Korean society is now facing a population cliff due to a severe low birth rate. The decrease in infants naturally leads to a decrease in the number of Christian children. The purpose of this paper is to look specifically at how faith is formed through infant school. It is also hoped that parents who have been estranged from their faith through infant school. The conclusion from the project is that the impact of religious education on infant growth has on psychological and social development as well. Also parents who had been separated from the church became member of the church again.." -- Leaf [2].

THE ROLE OF PREACHING
IN THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD:
AN INVESTIGATION INTO USING BEST PRACTICES OF PREACHING
FOR THE FORMATION OF ADULTS
IN THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD CONTEXT

Author
Deborah Ruth Zeni MD D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis research work on best practices of preaching arose out of the researcher’s passion for providing catechists with the means of nurturing a ‘falling-in-love’ with God experience for young children through proclaiming gospel as encounter.
Based on evidence that catechists lack formation in best practices of preaching, the researcher designed and implemented an educational initiative in a multi-site, multi-participant intensive formation program. The researcher used a homiletic grounded in the Paschal Mystery, which located God’s gratuitous and gracious actions on humanity’s behalf as the focus of preaching—giving gospel-power—to any form of preaching carried out during the study.
Within a unique form of pastoral ministry called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), employing a qualitative methodology, a constructivist epistemology, and a field-based action research design, the researcher effectively utilized various educational approaches to develop and assess participant competence in preaching using a comprehensive assessment program, and iteratively improving their learning and teaching preaching praxis using program evaluation tools.
The research shows that the curriculum successfully demonstrated that the comprehensive preaching model, which integrated five best practices of preaching for proclaiming the Word with children into the study’s conceptual framework, worked to develop the competence of catechists as preachers of the Good News. Additionally, the research showed that the intervention enabled and empowered the participants to find their preaching voice to speak of God acting mercifully, giving everything, loving unconditionally in the here and now as they experienced God doing in the scriptures.
As such, five best practices of preaching can be used as an effective framework for formation of catechists and educators for teaching preaching as encounter with children and sharing in a happening of grace through the proclamation of the Word.

Samaritan community reading project : engaging congregation and community in love of God and neighboring

Author
Autura Eason-Williams
Abstract
"How does a church, capturing God's vision of shalom, model a commitment to social holiness as a neighbor intentionally gathering neighbors to respond to a practical need in the neighborhood? The author embarks on a Christian service project, in which Capleville United Methodist Church and its neighbors implemented Samaritan Community Reading Project, which included an eight-week summer book club for families of pre-k through kindergarteners and the installation of a free library and community bookcases in the neighborhood. Parent surveys, reading logs, and reading autobiographies were collected to help facilitate relationships with new neighbors and gauge program effectiveness." -- Leaf [2].

Assisting the Black church in the task of child-making

Author
Kip Bernard Banks Sr.
Abstract
"The Black Church struggles to shape public policy to effectuate social change. It has limited its public policy witness to mostly racial justice and economic concerns, while devoting few resources to issues such as climate change, educational equity and child welfare. This project is an analysis of the critical importance of the Black church to engage in the imperative task of child-making and the need for training and resources at the denominational level. This writing provides a tool for Black church denominations to become effective at the task of child-making, including doing a strategic grant assessment and advocating for child welfare initiatives." -- Leaf [2].

Witness to the Presence of God Moments in the Action and Voice of Children

Author
Jane Janine Pekar D.Min.
Abstract

This portfolio begins with a reflection of my personal journey in spiritual formation. In response to the contemporary shift in society’s affirmation of the rights an voice of children as world citizens and my experiences as a teacher, parent and ordained minister, I created a model of ministry for families with young children combining components of Young Child & Worship and Messy Church. Using Action Research, I introduced principles of the Reggio-Inspired Approach to enhance the children’s personalization of the experience. The observations of the children’s creative responses and intuitive initiatives were recorded and shared in four Documentations.

A child shall lead them : embracing intergenerational leadership for the missional work of the church

Author
Loletuth Kalz
Abstract
The author researched using an intergenerational leadership structure for the purpose of addressing a missional opportunity in the life of a local church congregation. She studied the biblical support for intergenerational leadership and how this kind of leadership supports the missional work of the church. Analysis suggests that cultivating an intergenerational leadership team can be an effective means of cultivating relationships between people from different generations while at the same time developing more diverse voices of leadership that encourages and expands the missional impact of a worshipping community.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Strategic partnerships as a model for developing effective after-school programs in urban ministry settings

Author
Paul W. Johnson
Abstract
Institutional racism is a root cause of inequity in education. Poverty, food and housing insecurity, illiteracy and rampant violence are just some of the factors that negatively impact the academic performance of the children who live in under resourced urban areas. Churches can play a vital role in improving the holistic health of the children in those communities by developing effective after-school programs with the assistance of strategic partners. The author, the lead pastor of a church in Ward 7 of Washington, DC used qualitative research to identify key characteristics of strategic partners.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Study of the Ministry of Re-Parenting (Parenting) of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Jos, Nigeria

Author
Gloria Ladi Kwashi D.Min.
Abstract
Re-parenting of orphans and vulnerable children in Jos, Nigeria has proven to be the best way of bringing up children in place of orphanages. Using ethnographic tools and Proactive research methods, and a survey of the Old and New Testament, scholars in this field as well as field studies, the author has discovered that both the Christian community and society have clung onto the stereotype of side stepping responsibilities and keeping the vulnerable and orphaned children in institutions. Zambiri has proven the felt need of orphans is to have parents primarily. Re-parenting has therefore provided that need.
Re-parenting of orphans and vulnerable children in Jos, Nigeria has proven to be the best way of bringing up children in place of orphanages.
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