Church work with families

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 the Korean-American Families for Family Worship at Orange Canaan Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, CA

Author
WOO LEE LEE D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
In the 120 years of Korean immigration to the United States, there has been a history of much hardship and loneliness associated with settling down in a strange land and living life as an immigrant. For many immigrants adjusting to life in the United States, in which their children have had to adjust to life in a whole new culture, it is often the case that they have not been able to pay much attention to their children's lives. Now, these parents face the problem of communicating to and discipling children that have grown up in a completely different language and culture—having been assimilated to the culture and having been educated in the United States growing up with a completely different set of values from their parents' generation. As such, problems and conflicts within Korean immigrant families in the United States continue to grow. For Christians, the problems they face often find their children leaving their homes and leaving their churches. Unfortunately, this is the reality of the Korean church in the United States.

An Evaluation of the Community Foundations Curriculum for Enhancing Interpersonal Relationships Among Church-Based Small Group Participants

Author
Sten-Erik Armitage D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this applied research project is to evaluate the Community Foundations curriculum in the context of the local church as a potential means to address the problems that emerge in the church through the foundation of the unscriptural societal value of individualism and the subsequent epidemic of loneliness. The project seeks to determine the overall effectiveness of the curriculum in three key areas: grounding the community in understanding the significance of what it is to be “in Christ,” providing opportunities for small groups to cultivate a desire to both know and be known within the context of a trusted community, and finally to cultivate an environment wherein a burden of care is embraced and felt within said community.

The research centers on qualitative interviews with participants in the Beta launch of the Community Foundations curriculum. The Beta launch occurred between Spring 2018 and Fall 2019. Three hypotheses geared around the key areas addressed above are presented and evaluated through the content of the recorded interviews.

The research results indicate deeper and more sustainable relationships were cultivated through these small group experiences as well as a new appreciation for the value of shared story in the context of community.

Evaluating a Biblical Program for Family Education in Cleansing Stream Ministries

Author
Aijia Song D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
This thesis is divided into five chapters. The first chapter is the introduction. The introduction contains the purpose and questions of the thesis research, the design of questionnaire content and the analysis of the research results, and also the expected results, the research methods, and the basic concepts of the thesis. The second chapter is the biblical research and literature research, which includes the biblical foundation, theological foundation, philosophical foundation and literature review of the education in family. The third chapter is the process and methods of the research, which is the core content of this thesis. This chapter contains the reasons, questions, hypotheses, methods of the research, as well as the evaluation and assessment tools, the processes and detailed reports of the research. The fourth chapter is the results and analysis of the research. This chapter is also the focus of the thesis. Including three hypothetical results of the research and their corresponding detailed analysis, and the Bible-based Family Education Course in Cleansing Stream Ministry, which helps the education in family now existing. The fifth chapter is the conclusion and application part. This part, as a summary, presents the results of the research of the thesis and further research suggestions. At the end of the thesis is the attachment and bibliography.

Connecting with our community : when service and discipleship go hand in hand

Author
Elizabeth A. LeMaster
Abstract
"This project was created to discover how the church can serve the people of its community while helping members live out their call to discipleship. Examination of the words of Jesus in Matthew 25: 31-46 through the lens of missional theology established that caring for our neighbors is vital to our faith and discipleship. To evaluate community needs, the author used qualitative research tools including data collection, independent experts, and purposive and snowball sampling. Demographic information and community needs were also assessed through data collection using MissionInsite. The congregation was educated on the needs of the community and their call, as disciples of Jesus Christ, to care for those needs through a sermon series. Analysis of the data suggests that a church-sponsored Family Resource Center to connect people with resources is important. However, the author concluded that this is not the sole focus for the church. Jesus' teachings, our Wesleyan heritage, and United Methodist theology suggest that the church is called to be in relationship with its community through which the hope and unconditional love of God is shared." -- Leaf [2].

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].

A PRACTICAL STRATEGY FOR EQUIPPING SELECTED BURMESE MINISTRY LEADERS FOR RESOLVING CONFLICT

Author
BAWM LUK LAGWI REV. DR. D.Min.
Abstract
The practical strategy always plays the role of key guidance at successful conversion. The practical strategy for ministry leaders can also be an efficient solution. The conflict solving skills can be developed from practical works rather than following some theoretical guidance. The practical strategy helps to follow the same rules in the real life. It increases the efficiency of a person to accomplish certain goals that were focused to be completed. It provides a better platform that ensures the improvements with having participation of multiple persons. It increases the chances of learning more. The practical strategy of ministry leaders to solve conflicts was the set goal of this project. The project has focuses on it and came out with the outcomes that shows practical strategy is the best solution to accomplish the desired goal.

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.

Equipping selected parents of East Louisville Baptist Church, Louisville, Mississippi, with essential Christian worldview formation skills

Author
Mason W Joy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected parents of East Louisville Baptist Church, Louisville, Mississippi, with essential Christian worldview formation skills. The project director researched the fields of apologetics for youth and children and Christian doctrine to determine essential Christian worldview formation skills. He developed a curriculum in order to equip the selected parents of East Louisville Baptist Church with those essential Christian worldview formation skills. The curriculum was taught in six sessions and corresponds with five doctrines the project director established as most essential for Christian worldview formation. The project director increased his knowledge in the areas of apologetic, Christian worldview formation, and curriculum designs to ensure that the six teaching sessions represented a high standard of quality. Additionally, experts in the fields of apologetics and curriculum design were enlisted to validate the project.

CONTRASTING CONTRACTUAL AND COVENANT MARRIAGE IDEAS IN THE LIVES OF BELIEVERS FROM A MUSLIM BACKGROUND

Author
Nakhati Jon D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
Islamic marriage is a contract, and biblical marriage is a covenant. These two principles intersect and form a point of reestablishment in the marriages of believers from a Muslim background (BMBs).

Islamic contractual marriage ideas remain in marital relationships of BMBs. The intent of this study is to explore and understand the influence of Islamic contractual marriage on believers who now embrace the ideas of Christian covenant marriage.

The qualitative research will explore the believers’ understanding of their Islamic contractual marriage and their beliefs concerning biblical covenant marriage. BMBs retain a contractual view of marriage because they have not applied the ideas of covenant marriage, thereby affecting negatively their spousal relationships. Additionally, the use of certain cultural and religious terms reinforces their understanding of their marital relationship, often reflecting either a contractual or covenant perspective.

For BMBs and missionaries there is a deficiency of available literature that compares and explains the differences between the Islamic and biblical views of marriage. This study hopes to be a foundational resource to highlight areas which possibly are retained in these marriages.
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