Church work with families

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.

Fathering well: the neglected missional priority

Author
Edward Gregory Austen
Abstract
When the church is working right, it will be a primary source of support in helping men thrive as fathers. This applied research project presents compelling evidence for several significant learnings, including: 1) The home is the primary conduit for passing on the Christian faith. 2) Literacy and exposure to great books can guard against aberrations, non-classical expressions of Christianity, and many of the dangers of growing up in a Christian home. 3) Fathers, more than any other people on the planet, are in the most strategic position to pass on to their children the possibility of friendship with God.

A comparative church study of successful family ministry models

Author
James B Logan
Abstract
The focus of this research project was on key factors for sustainable family ministry programs. He wished to discover the current best practices being utilized by effective family ministries as well as to identify major threats facing families, especially the black family.The author used four case studies as the research method in this project. This research project met but did not exceed the expectation of identifying key factors for sustainable family ministry programs that: (a) regularly address the unique needs of single parent households; (b) approach domestic violence through vehicles of education, counseling, or referrals; and (c) conduct annual evaluations.

Researching step-parenting skills to create a counseling manual for counselors and ministers to parents of clended families in central Georgia

Author
Jennifer Lauren Ransom
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research family systems for the most effective parenting techniques in blended families in order to develop a manual for counselors to parents of blended families in Central Georgia. This project culminated in the creation of a training manual for Christian counselors who counsel parents of blended families to help them with blended family skills. The project director researched a wide range of sources including books, articles, and commentaries to gain an understanding of step-parenting skills that parents can implement as counselors to help them practice. the final stage of this project was the completion of the counseling manual that the other counselors and ministers an use when counseling blended families.
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