Church work with the bereaved

Equipping selected adults of Bethel Baptist Church, Citronelle, Alabama, with bereavement ministry skills

Author
Marvin Otto Robinson D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults of Bethel Baptist Church, Citronelle, Alabama, with bereavement ministry skills. The project director completed the project by meeting three main goals: (1) researching the fields of bereavement care and grief ministry to identify essential skills for bereavement ministry; (2) developing a training curriculum in order to equip selected adults of Bethel Baptist Church, Citronelle, Alabama, with bereavement ministry skills; and (3) equipping selected adult members of Bethel Baptist Church, Citronelle, Alabama, with bereavement ministry skills. To measure achievement goals, the project director used several evaluation methods and tools, including expert evaluators, literary research, and ministerial reflection. The evaluation tools and methods validated the goals and achieved the purpose of the project.

Equipping selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in grief ministry skills

Author
Michael Baker
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in grief ministry skills. The project director seeks to fulfill three goals for this project. First, to determine the skills necessary for effective grief ministry, he plans to research the field of grief ministry as it applies to ministering to families that have experienced the loss of a loved one. The second goal is to develop a workshop that will equip selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church with grief ministry skills. The third goal is to present the workshop to the selected adults so that they will be better equipped to minister effectively to grieving families.

The teaching methodology to implement the project included lectures, multimedia presentations, group sessions, and case studies. The project director evaluated the selected adult in the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Using a post-workshop evaluation, the participants evaluated the project director’s instructional skills.

Non-death related grief: The church's responsibility to assist in the healing process

Author
Nickol K Calhoun
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what degree a select group of people within the Fusion Church of Lexington, Ohio understood the influences ungrieved losses have upon their lives. The project design incorporated a twenty-four-question survey used to measure their responses. The most prominent finding was found in goal one: Majority of the participants felt they were tolerant of grievers during their time of loss. However, they felt they were not accepted when they grieved their losses. The unexpected outcome was participants of this survey realized they were not aware of their own personal biases toward grieving.

Mission and stewardship: loving God and neighbor with our heart and our treasure

Author
Brandi Richelle Casto-Waters
Abstract
When asked which commandment in the law was the greatest, Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'" (Matt. 22:36-38). This report explores the relationship of mission and stewardship. It is focused on the life of a particular congregation where increased involvement in hands-on mission has led to a deepened understanding of stewardship. Engaging in ministry with people who are hurting, grieving, lonely, poor, and oppressed, and working together for justice, peace, and reconciliation has directly affected how members of the community are faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to their care. Jesus also said, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt. 6:21). This research indicates that the inverse is also true. When people invest their hearts in the mission of the church it is very likely their treasure will follow.

Equipping selected adults of Stonelake Church, Cleburne, Texas, in bereavement ministry skills

Author
Jason C Erb
Abstract
The author desired to research the field of grief ministry to discovering key skills helpful for ministering to families experiencing the loss of a loved one for the purpose of creating a grief seminar/workshop to present in the local church. The author researched several types of resources. He researched published research from Faith-based researchers, and the works of non-faith based researchers. The author discovered several key skills. He assimilated his findings into a six hour workshop and presented his findings in a local church.

A Connecticut Yankee at the gates of Heaven: a study of the rites surrounding the death of a Christian in the Connecticut conference, United Church of Christ, at the beginning of the twenty-first century

Author
Karen B Westerfield Tucker
Abstract
This dissertation examines the rites that members and churches of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ perform when a member of the community dies. A distinction between a "funeral" and "memorial service" is established, with a funeral defined as a rite provided by the Church at the death of a Christian that is both a rite of passage for the dead and a service of the worship of God for the living, and a memorial service identified as a communal gathering that focuses more on eulogizing and remembering the deceased and less on the overt worship of God. By examining the difference between the two, and by looking at historic liturgical sources, it is clear that in the Connecticut Conference at this time, most rites are memorial services rather than funerals. Assessment was made by means of a qualitative analysis of worship bulletins for rites at the time of death that were submitted by seventy-two of the Connecticut Conference churches, in which worship patterns, hymns and scriptures were identified in order to construct a "moment-in-time" snapshot of commonalities among churches in a tradition that cherishes individual expression and resists standard liturgies imposed from the denomination. In conclusion, a new set of death rites based on the findings of the research is offered.

Using social work ethics as a guide to implement grief ministry

Author
Harold Evans
Abstract
This project, states the case for using a social work ethic as a guide for doing ministry. This work takes Bereavement as an example of how that ethic could be used in a congregational setting to increase the community response to loss to a member or family in that community context. It demonstrates how that ethical formula works in an environment where although everyone does not have the full training, it identifies what can be shared through training. It allows those from the community to offer their gifts and skills while being supportive of both the pastor and those who are more intimately involved in direct service to the family or member.

Small group pastoral care & counseling support for grieving families: a practical ministry for Tuomey HCS

Author
Earthalee Reed
Abstract
Small group pastoral care and counseling support for grieving families can enable grievers to achieve healing and wholeness (recovery) applicable for sustained and positive emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. Many families who are experiencing traumatic and other incidents do not have a formal grief support system (i.e., church, as many of them do not attend church). Even if they do, it may not be enough to complete the grief cycle, so families might prolong suffering for a period of time that can be detrimental to their health and wellbeing.

Equipping selected Bible fellowship leaders at First Baptist North Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, to minister to families grieving a failed adoption

Author
Robert David Marik
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders at First Baptist North Spartanburg to assist in the aftercare of those who have experienced a failed adoption. This project was an equipping model. The project director researched and developed materials to assist in the training of the selected participants. The equipping process included 1) providing a biblical rationale for grief and crisis care; 2) providing information and research regarding grief and crisis aftercare; and 3) training the group to minister to those who have experienced a failed adoption. At the conclusion of the training sessions, the group was able to identify the biblical rationale for aftercare ministry, demonstrate knowledge gained, and be challenged to be active in the aftercare ministry.

Approaches to and resources for the unaffiliated funeral

Author
Jonathan B Lee
Abstract
This project presents a method for enabling clergy to be more effective funeral officiants when working with those unaffiliated with the institutional church. A method for quickly and discreetly evaluating the theological world of family members is developed, worship elements corresponding to preferred theological world are defined, and guidelines for evaluation of the effectiveness of the resulting service are established. This approach was utilized by the author with 15 families having no formal church affiliation. The project demonstrates that attention tot the particular theological perspective of mourners results in more effective ministry in the time following a death.
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