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Developing a Church Revitalization Strategy for Maybank Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Author
Jonathan D Kittrell
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a church revatilzation strategy for Maybank Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The project director will determine the church's need for revitalization by analyzing the demographics of the surrounding community and performing a church health survey with the membership. The project director will research the field of church revitalization to determine the best practices for developing a revitalization strategy, then the project director will train the church council and other leaders to develop a revitalization strategy. The project director will present the completed strategy to the church for approval during a business meeting. Experts in the field of church revitalization will be used to evaluate the process and finalized strategy. Pending church approcal of the revitalization strategy, implementation of the strategy will fall outside the scope of this project.

Inner Healing in Small-Groups in the Church That Focuses on Sharing Stories

Author
Myungsoo Lee
Abstract
This study was introduction of inner healing program in the church with a 12-week process of breaking down the barriers between the new arrivals and present church members, and mixing up the two groups to create new groups and tell the story of life. The aim of the program is to observe how inner healing has influenced and interact within each person's life. Furthermore, it is a suggestion of how intimately each has connected to others after the program, and find what the problems and improvements are afterward.

Toward a more effective worship leadership Designing and implementing a training program for worship servants at Opendoor Church

Author
Kyu Sang Jang
Abstract
Church in current society is experiencing a big change in the function, form, and flow of worship. When there is a lack in technical aspect and the connection among space, time, and role is lacking, worship becomes hindered. The purpose of this project is to train worship servants, in order to understand the worship spirituality of a worship servant and the spirituality of a worship community that serves together and serve for effective ministry of worship. I establish a seminar for worship servants. Through the ministry project I confirmed the responsibility and priviledge of worship servants.

Creating a Process to Identify the Appropriate Persons for Service Positions at the First Baptist Church of Graton

Author
Michael Loomis
Abstract
There is a theological and theoretical process that is able to assist a church in properly placing volunteers for service positions. The method of research was examinatino of the scriptures and secular writings to determine what procedures are appropriate for placement of people for a service in a church. The conclusion is that following the Scripture works for servante placement.

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Ministry Volunteers of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Author
Justin Carles Arbuckle
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the ministry volunteers at Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas. The project director identified key components of spiritual development in regard to ministry leaders and volunteers. This project examined academic standards of spiritual formation. The project director selected a strategy team that assisted in the development of the plan for Central Baptist Church. The strategy accomplished four primary goals. The project director inspected the current state of spiritual formation as well as academic standards in the area of spiritual formation. The research, as well as interviews with the principal ministry leaders, aided in the development of a spiritual formation strategy that the team developed and presented to the staff of Central Baptist Church for approval and/or endorsement, The project director engaged multiple methods of evaluation including expert evaluation, research, and surveys. The completed project gave Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, AR, and their ministries a plan focusing on the immediate action steps as well as developing a long-range vision for incorporating spiritual formation principles in every ministry.

The impact of a determined congregation

Author
Tammi B Colston
Abstract
The author used Robert Raikes' approach of implementing Sunday schools and the schools started by Daniel A. Payne, AME Bishop, as an effective model to implement a Tutorial Ministry in a rural context with limited resources and physical space. The book entitled, Pathway to Renewal was used as a guide during the Implementation and Preliminary Phase of the Tutorial Ministry. Since the church desires to positively impact literacy rates and increase mentorships, the ability to maximize available resources, establish partnerships with other churches and seek financial assistance will be essential for enhancement and long-term sustainability.

Mission Recovery: Finding Purpose and Health for the Church

Author
Ryan W Nilsen
Abstract
This study researched the effect of teaching about church health on the awareness, beliefs, and goals of congregational leaders. Teaching was conducted at a one-day workshop and focused on viewing church health through the lenses of God's mission, systems theory perspectives related to mission, and revitalization principles interpreted through God's mission for the church. Observations and interviews assessed how participants were impacted. Findings revealed changes in awareness, beliefs, and goals in participants, and that participants would benefit from further study and discussion in church health issues.

Equipping Selected Leaders at Crosspoint Church, Gulfport, Mississippi, in Disciple-Making Skills

Author
Robert I Cox
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of Crosspoint Church, Gulfport, Mississippi, in personal disciple-making skills. During the first phase of the project director broadened his knowledge in the field of disciple-making. The second phase gave the project director the opportunity to gain a better understanding of curriculum development in order to train a selected group of church leaders. The final phase of the project produced a workshop to equip the selected leaders to become disciple makers. Participants learned the rationale for making-disciples, catalyst for spiritual growth, and disciple-making methods.

Leading Through Succession: Why Pastoral Leadership is the key to a Healthy Transition

Author
C Andrew Flowers
Abstract
The goal of this dissertation is to encourage pastors to see that succession planning is an important part of their job. I will investigate cultural changes, secular succession practices, and church leadership methods in an effort to show why it is important for pastors to take the lead in succession. This is not a procedural manual with particular recipe to follow. Rather, this is a leadership training tool that calls pastors to guide their church through the often traumatic process of succession.

Transformation happens at the margins: shaping beatitudinal character of volunteers by embracing excluded, marginalized, inconvenient others at drop-in centres

Author
Benjamin C Platz
Abstract
Jesus said "you cannot serve two masters." Yet, in the Western, Middle-Class Church (marked by syncretism) the world's ways (which exclude "inconvenient others") conflict with Jesus' ways (of embracing them). Consequentially, many Christians do not demonstrate Beatitudinal Character, the attributes of Matthew 5:3-10. Using Action Research, 11 drop-in centre volunteers, over 3 sites, were interviewed and surveyed. Auto-ethnographic analysis revealed that engaging those inconvenient to us could help in overcoming obstacles of comfort, self-reflection and incongruent orthodoxy, orthokardia and orthopraxy; in this way a disciple's character can be aligned with Christ's, helping the Church to regain an authentic mission.
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