Church work with families

Understanding the Complexity of Family: Examining Family Systems and the Process of Relationship for Families and Congregation of First Baptist Church Woodbury, TN

Author
William H Hay V
Abstract
Understanding the Complexity of Family: Examining Family Systems and Processes of Relationship for Families and Congregation of the First Baptist Church of Woodbury, Tennessee is a project designed to share family systems theory with families and church. Through six didactic sessions (triangulation, anxiety, self-differentiation, over and under functioning, crucial conversations, projection) and reflective journaling, families are encouraged to recognize the processes of being family and the parallel processes of family that are present in the life of a congregation. Using quantitative and qualitative instruments, results show that family and congregational functioning can be improved through raising awareness of systems process.

Helping the Parents of Middle School Students Communicate Biblical Truths of Sexuality at the First Baptist Church of Lenoir, North Carolina

Author
Thomas Russell Hinton
Abstract
An educational program was developed to discover the role of the church in promoting healthy parent/child communication about sexuality. Believing scripture affirms sexuality as a blessing from God, parents and middle school youth were recruited and led through the study. Surveys measured attitudes, opinions, and understanding of biblical knowledge, anatomy, and communication levels. After the program the families were given two months to observe parent/child communication. Final surveys indicated that the church can play an active role in promoting parent child communication about sexuality, and participants reflected a positive outcome by recommending the continuation of this program as a part of the on-going youth ministry of the church.

Equipping selected parents at Jubilee Baptist Church, Daphne, Alabama, with child evangelism skills

Author
John C Saxon D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected parents at Jubilee Baptist Church, Daphne, Alabama, with child evangelism skills. the project director selected the equipping model as his template. The project is composed of three components: (1) the research in the field of child evangelism to determine essential skills, (2) the development of a curriculum to equip selected parents at Jubilee Baptist Church with child evangelism skills, and (3) the conducting of a workshop to equip selected parents at Jubilee Baptist Church with child evangelism skills. The project resulted in a selected group of parents demonstrating evidence of child evangelism skills.

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Awana Together: Empowering Parents as Spiritual Mentors for Their Children

Author
Sara-Jane Heacox Sosa D.Min.
Abstract
The post-Christian culture in the United States presents a significant challenge to the spiritual growth of adults and children. At Plymouth Covenant Church, ministry leaders recognized that young parents often lacked a biblical foundation. Many did not feel competent to lead their children spiritually. These parents needed a vibrant personal faith as well as good role models. As a result, ministry leaders designed a more effective way to empower parents as spiritual mentors for their children. They created a new ministry that would provide personal faith development for parents, a supportive faith community, family-focused programming, and solid biblical teaching. This new ministry was a family version of Awana that they called Awana Together.

The problem that this project addressed was the need for a family ministry model at Plymouth Covenant Church that fostered a partnership between the church and families that empowered parents as spiritual mentors for their children. It used an intrinsic case study approach to evaluate Plymouth Covenant’s unique ministry, Awana Together, to determine if it provided a pathway for a better partnership between the home and the church in empowering parents as spiritual mentors. The research included evaluations of biblical passages and current scholarship, surveys of past and present Awana Together participants, focus group discussions with ministry leaders, and in-depth questionnaire responses from three different families. The research revealed that Awana Together was successfully designed to meet the goal of empowering parents as spiritual mentors for their children.

Building Christian Family: From Understanding to Practice

Author
So Ying Chu D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis mainly explores believers' understanding and practices of establishing a Christian family. It also attempts to understand the real needs of believers’ family as well as to provide strategies for developing family ministry. Hopefully it will be used by churches as a reference for evaluating the needs of their own church congregation and using appropriate strategies in response to the problems. The solution to the faith-related problems faced by modern Christian families is to have the family move towards an authentic Christian life, so that they can overcome the challenge and become a witness for the glory of God.

Developing a Family Outreach Strategy for First Baptist Church of Verdigris, Verdigris, Oklahoma

Author
Mark A Boyd
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an outreach strategy for First Baptist Church of Verdigris, Oklahoma (FBCV), in order to reach families with school age children. The project director led selected members of FBCV to develop a multifaceted family outreach strategy to reach families with school age children in the surrounding community. The project director explored different family models of ministry for evangelistic church growth and revitalization. Next, the project director collected and evaluated the demographic data in a one, three and five-mile radius along with the internal annual church profile date of FBCV. Then the project director interviewed pastors of growing churches that were similar in culture and size to FBCV prior to their breakout in reaching families with children. Finally, utilizing the resources gathered, the project director and the outreach strategy team met for six sessions and developed a multi-faceted family outreach strategy designed to reach families with school age children for FBCV. The project director presented the strategy to the church members of FBCV for acceptance who formally accepted the strategy in a special called business meeting on November 05, 2017.

A model to increase awareness of domestic violence in the Church

Author
Betty A Spraggins
Abstract
The objective of this project is to increase awareness of domestic abuse within the congregation which will in turn affect the community. The hypothesis is through the teaching of current trends of domestic violence, an increased awareness of domestic violence will be enhanced. The methodology used to test the hypothesis will be quantitive through the use of pre and post questionaires surveys and interviews. The study will take place between a five to seven week process incorporation workshops, interview and seminars.

Transforming Communities One Family At A Time A Mentor Based Program For Building Faithful Families

Author
Ann M Wurster
Abstract
The Village of Addyston is challenged with low levels of: employment, education, economic stability, and Christian living. The church offers services to families across these areas. This case study compares the number of services used by mentored families versus non mentored families, and any reported changes in mentored families behavior and status. The project data suggests the connection of a mentor with the family increases involvement in both secular and Christian activities. The mentored families participating in Christian activities showed positive behavioral change. This qualitative, case study uses objective data combined with self reporting behavioral changes by the mentored families.

A Worship Service Celebrating Adoption as a Bridge Between Connecticut's Adoption Community and the Child Welfare System with the Intent of Increasing Permanency for Children

Author
Meredith A Jeffers
Abstract
The author seeks to build connections between the child welfare system, foster and adoptive families, and people of faith by creating a multi-faith worship service and networking event. Informing the lens of faith are adoption/foster care history and culture, theological reflection, statistical data, stories of people of faith, and a model worship service and networking event. The planning, implementation, and review processes are documented in publicity materials, ethics board reviews, a service bulletin, letters, diagrams, music, bi-lingual blessings, the sermon, a budget, and a resource list of books, articles, and suggested websites. The conclusion suggests alternative ways to increase permanency for children.

We promised: faithful ways the congregation can live out its baptismal covenant to families

Author
Allan L Purtill
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to study the ways a congregation can prepare families for infant baptism so that participation of these families in congregational life increases. The study will demonstrate the relationship between preparation for baptism and participation in congregational life. Research considers a theological history of baptism in the early church, and a case study of Hopewell Presbyterian Church's baptism records and data from a congregational survey on baptism beliefs and practices. The project proposes that congregations invest in forming relationships around children and their families prior to baptism in order to increase active participation.
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