Church work with the poor

Know their suffering : facilitating a deeper understanding for the local church of the plight of the working poor

Author
Weatherly Overall Weatherly
Abstract
"Many middle-class church members are devoted to acts of mission. Despite good intentions they suffer from insufficient poverty intellect for understanding the circumstances of those they serve. This project encourages a deeper understanding of the working poor, thus increasing the practical and relational efficiency of outreach. A six-week small group experience combines biblical, theological, and Wesleyan foundations, with emerging trends and efforts to increase the awareness and knowledge necessary to have more authentic relationships with those in poverty. The results are that greater poverty intellect can reduce inaccurate assumptions and increase the depth of mutual understanding and engaged interaction between the classes." -- Leaf [2].

Moving from doing ministry for people to do ministry with people : a model developed for ministry approach

Author
Braulio Torres
Abstract
How can we intentionally move from doing ministry for people, to doing ministry with the people? This project presents an analytical process of a model developed as a way to help local churches focus their efforts on doing ministry with people. The model asks us to consider the activities of the local church using three components: biblical foundation, contextual focus, and practical application. The reader will discover that this model can be applied to any ministry endeavor.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Strategic partnerships as a model for developing effective after-school programs in urban ministry settings

Author
Paul W. Johnson
Abstract
Institutional racism is a root cause of inequity in education. Poverty, food and housing insecurity, illiteracy and rampant violence are just some of the factors that negatively impact the academic performance of the children who live in under resourced urban areas. Churches can play a vital role in improving the holistic health of the children in those communities by developing effective after-school programs with the assistance of strategic partners. The author, the lead pastor of a church in Ward 7 of Washington, DC used qualitative research to identify key characteristics of strategic partners.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

"Why Are People Hungry?"

Author
Kenneth W Cox
Abstract
This project paper seeks to answer the question,"Why are people hungry?" through a deeper biblical understanding of bread and hunger. It outlines a replicable process which identified local causes of hunger through a series of interviews and coaching with local food pantry participants. These participants were then connected with available community resources that could help alleviate their cause of hunger leading to transformed lives. The process was replicated or considered at different levels in five additional local church settings. The results revealed that relationships formed between the volunteers and participants was the most transformative aspect of this project.

Developing holistic mission for the tranformation of community

Author
Dipak Raj Rai
Abstract
This study on "Developing Holistic Mission for the Transformation of the Community" presents an analysis of the church based holistic mission for the transformation of the community undertaken in Nepal. Chapter one introduces the project paper and chapter two presents the brief history of holistic Christian mission in Nepal. Chapters three and four are theological chapters that deal with poverty, Christian call for the holistic ministry and various models of the transformational development. Chapter five discusses the application, outcome and learning of the applied model of holistic mission for the transformation of the community as undertaken in four communities in Nepal, and final chapter summarizes the project.

Faith formation for discipleship in Basic Ecclesial Communites the praxis of shaping a Catholic identity and an evangelizing community in the Diocese of Surabaya, Indonesia

Author
Tomas Lastari Halmoko
Abstract
The lifelong faith struggle of Christians who live as a minroty group, as well as a concern for the preferential option for the poor, constitute significant issues in Indonesia. When encountering such challenges, faith formation becomes an important instrument by which one may integrate the characteristics of Catholic faith in individuals and encourage concrete services within the local Christian community. For effective faith formation, Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) are a primary means of formative activity. To respond to ministerial needs within the INdonesian context, this thesis proposes a program of adult faith formation for BECs. The "program" refers to the praxis of process of developing faith formation based on contextual needs. This process will enable the Church to play a significant role in shaping Christian identity for disciples and in forming evangelizing communities thorugh diakonia or service for the poor.

Exploring a possible Christian education for the children of poor families in the Bethel local children's center

Author
Gun-Su Kang
Abstract
In this project, the author showed an alternative caring model for the poor children of Bethel Local Children's Center. He pointed out that caring for both physical and spiritual needs should be considered together. He prepared two types of questionnaires and divided the children into two groups in order to find basic information about them and their concerns. Then he ran the 'Hope Gilijabi' program during weekends to let them know and experience cring through Christian values. He believes that this program will be a good model that transforms the children who participate in it, enabling them to overcome their personal hardships by spiritual renewal and biblical values.

Feed my lambs: transformation through living into the biblical imperatives of poverty alleviation

Author
Scott M Harding
Abstract
This thesis-project is a case study of the fellowship dinner ministry of the Church of the Messiah in Glens Falls, NY. In the spring of 2005 the congregation began a journey to transition from serving a Sunday afternoon community meal into creating a Sunday evening ministry, which involved: serving dinners to the community, creating a worship service targeted to the un-churched, and increasing the present food pantry. This project traces the path of this transition through the formation of leadership teams and evaluates the ministry and the parish in the present.

The roles of outsiders working in communities of the poor

Author
David Crosscombe
Abstract
This thesis-project will look at what the role of outsiders working in communities of the poor should be, with a special emphasis on the city of Philadelphia. The thesis-project sets forth the major issues related to this topic, a curriculum developed for Cairn University's First Year urban Experience Program and a system to measure outcomes of the curriculum is laid out, as well as examples of the success already seem in implementation of the core theology in practical ministry.
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