Church work with men

Developing a Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare with the Men of Crossroads Presbyterian Church

Author
Donald Sampson D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to investigate the topic of spiritual warfare and assess the level of understanding of it among the men of a Presbyterian congregation in order to develop a plan to enable the men to engage in spiritual battles with the world, the flesh and the devil. The project included a biblical and theological study, followed by interviews with a select sample of men from the congregation. Qualitative analysis revealed some confusion over the phrase “spiritual warfare.” Additional themes that emerged from the interviews included a high degree of awareness of temptations of the flesh as an ongoing source of spiritual struggles and a strong belief that Satan is real. This latter belief was tempered by widespread uncertainty over the relevance of Satan, or any demonic influence, due to a very high conviction about the sovereignty of God. A recognition of the importance of enlisting other men for help in fighting spiritual battles was also a significant theme. While the men interviewed identified the value of having “battle buddy” type relationships, they readily acknowledged the absence of such relationships. Quantitative research via a confidential, online survey confirmed a low level of self-disclosure among the men of the congregation.

The Spirituality of Fatherhood: Developing a Faith Formation Program for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Author
Willie Robert Cobb Jr. D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis-project set out to explore the current faith formation programs offered in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the experience of fathers within this context, to support the spiritual growth of fathers and to explore how the church is called to support that growth through faith formation. The meta-method employed for this thesis-project involves the four “movements” of the “pastoral circle” developed by Joe Holland and Peter Henriot, with two additional steps—engagement with theory and correlation. The process included both a broad approach and a personal outreach to those working in the African American and queer communities. Direct outreach to various parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago entailed making phone calls, sending emails, or stopping by a total of 32 parishes. In the end, three focus groups were conducted. The moderator completed all the necessary IRB paperwork and permissions prior to the session meetings. The moderator encouraged participation from each participant in order to elicit information from every single person in the group. To facilitate the discussion, questions were presented to allow the participants to reflect on and share their experiences. Genograms were used to help the participants consider the impact of their personal family history on themselves and their children for several generations back. The project presented and answered the following questions: Does the Archdiocese of Chicago play a role in helping fathers understand how to raise their children, how to fight stereotypes they face about their fatherhood, and how to share their spirituality with their children in a way that interrupts patterns of violence and confronts the social issues they encounter? A two-tiered program was developed to address the concerns that were presented through the course of the project to provide agency for fathers in developing their own spirituality.

Equipping selected men of Perdido Bay Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida, in biblical competencies for men's ministry

Author
Lonny E Hughes
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip selected men of Perdido Bay Baptist Church in biblical competencies for men's ministry. The project produces a clear definition of authentic, biblical manhood and lays a foundation for a successful ministry to men. Through research, biblical competencies of ministry to men are identified, a strategic plan to initiate men's ministry is developed, and a men's ministry leadership retreat is planned and implemented with a select group of men. By utilizing the research and considering the unique culture of Perdido Bay Baptist Church, a curriculum is developed for the weekend men's leadership retreat. Professionally, the project director increased in the knowledge of authentic, biblical manhood, men's ministry, and retreat planning.

Men and spiritual maturity an examination of the factors impeding discipleship among older men in an Anglican congregation

Author
Brian G Campbell
Abstract
Confusion over a failed attempt at reconfiguring our parish's "Discipleship Process" sparked the research question for this study. Gaining clarity on and then dealing with this confusion became the driving impetus for the project. Our leadership team was confused about the definition and conception of discipleship (clarified through a study of Philippians), about divine-human dynamic of discipleship (clarified through an analysis of O'Donovan's Self, world, and time), and about how to overcome impediments and gaps within our individual histories of discipleship (clarified through in-depth interviews concerning discipleship). Achieving clarity in these areas led to a renewed pursuit of discipleship.

Assessing the impact of pornography usage in married men who attend First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida

Author
John B Rowe
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to assess the impact of pornography usage in married men sho attend First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida, and to present specific recommendations to the pastoral staff at First Baptist Church Orlando, Orlando, Florida. The development of a community assessment model will involve extensive research of current resources, research through a survey and a presentation at the end of all completed work to the pastoral staff at First Baptist Church Orlando, Orlando, Florida. The scope of the project will go through the presentation of the project director findings and not require implementation.

A masculine spirituality: the life-transforming, gospel-centered discipleship of men

Author
Anthony G Myers
Abstract
Many men remain on the periphery of the life of the church. As goes the man, so goes the family, church, and nation. The problem of men remaining disengaged from the gospel has ramifications for men and Christ's church. This project recaptures a biblical view of masculinity. An overview and assessment of the effectiveness of several ministries is given. Men's ministry initiatives of the Presbyterian Church in America are presented with the purpose of developing life-transforming discipleship of men within local churches. The final outcome of the project is a four-session retreat for men focused upon "Recapturing a Masculine Spirituality."

Where are all the young men?

Author
Louis J Saldiveri
Abstract
This project addressed the failure of small churches in Ocean, Monmouth, and Camden counties of New Jersey to effectively engage and train Gen X and Millennial young men for ministry. The researcher used case study and grounded theory to generate data. The results suggested a model that should contain five elements. Pastors must train current leaders in transformational self-leadership. Second, trained leaders must invite young mentees into a mentoring relationship. Third, all parties must agree on the goals. Fourth, there must be regular meetings between the mentor and the mentee. Fifth, there must be a fluid process open to change.

Equipping selected fathers at First Baptist Church of Flora, Mississippi, to mentor their sons for Christian manhood

Author
Joseph H Cole
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip a selected group of fathers at First Baptist Church of Flora, Mississippi to mentor their sons for Christian manhood. The project director began by researching the fields of Christian manhood and mentoring. The director developed and implemented a six-session course to equip the participants to mentor their sons in the areas of faith, family, finances, fights, friends, and future. The director wrote daily devotions for the participants and paired them in strength teams to offer encouragement. The course ended with an overnight retreat. This project helped the participants understand the elements of Christian manhood and develop a sense of intentionality toward mentoring their sons.

Temple cleansing: an integration of anger management and spiritual formation

Author
Edward James Vollmar
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a resource useful to pastors and Christian counselors seeking to address, within the small group setting, anger issues presented by Christian men. A copy of the resource, integrating anger management theories and praxis with spiritual formation theories and praxis, was presented to an expert panel comprised of pastors and Christian counselors, along with a questionnaire by which evaluations were made of the resource measuring six goal characteristics. Analysis of the results clearly indicates that the six intended goals were reasonably achieved, especially the goal of fostering spiritual formation. Implications are explored.

From the edge to the heart of the congregation: reaching young men in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Author
Robert Kane
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to discover how congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland have helped men in the age-group 18-35, who are on the periphery of congregational life, to become actively involved in the spiritual life of their local church. Through qualitative research methods, six successful churches were analyzed. The successful strategies discovered included a commitment to building relationships with young men, often through sports and recreational activities, the development of various types of men-only study groups and adjustments to the style of worship and preaching.
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