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Work theology : how church can assist veterans transition towards civilian employment

Author
Gladys Runetta Robinson Lanier
Abstract
According to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (JECH), a leading international journal devoted to research and reviews: Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are facing physical and mental health problems with even greater difficulty as well as uncertain futures with new disabilities while transitioning to civilian lifestyle. The veteran's physical and mental health problems often lead to debilitating depression is being linked to suicide with unemployment as the precursor. The researcher will reveal how the church can support the veteran spiritually during their transition into civilian employment that will strengthen the veteran's resilience towards a stable vocation.

[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.]

Developing a theological vision : reclaiming the role of the local church

Author
Richard A. Hoffman
Abstract
The basis for the project is a commitment to the transformational aspect of the gospel of grace. It provides tools that will train, equip, and empower people in the local church to meet the diverse, complex and ever-present needs of their community. The author created and taught an eighteen week course where the students began by focusing on the foundational aspects of the gospel, then on to Theological Vision which acts as a bridge between belief and ministry expression. The course concluded by exploring the practical steps required to launch into a community based project of their own. The result of the inaugural course was several students taking the necessary steps to launch a ministry expression focused on a particular need within their community.

[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.]

DISCIPLESHIP OF MUSLIM BACKGROUND BELIEVERS IN THE CONTEXT OF PERSECUTION: A STUDY IN NORTH AFRICA

Author
Phillip Smith D.Min.
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry project was designed to explore the practical implications that can help disciplers of Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) in their mission to care for and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, develop the life and conduct of the new disciples from that background. It begins with the theological foundation of discipleship within the context of persecution and moves on to an examination of the existing literature on the topic.

This researcher conducted qualitative interviews with eighteen MBBs in a city in North Africa and another twelve experienced disciplers who worked in that field. The purpose of this project is to investigate the themes found in the journeys of discipleship and to discover the specific factors that influence MBB disciples to mature in Christ.

Based on a robust understanding and the findings of this research, a proposal for "Adaptive Discipleship Principles in the Context of Persecution" is put forth for workers to enhance the process of training and discipling MBBs, who might suffer for their faith, to know Him and to make Him known.

The research concludes that fear is a key challenging barrier. Those who crossed that barrier have identified themselves with the early church disciples (Acts 4:31). Another important factor that needs the attention of the disciplers is that this kind of work will take patience, perseverance, and much time. This work will be done on a low profile and it will continue to be unnoticeable.

"We are all patrons": how artists receive patronage in support of their work for the common good

Author
Erik Bonkovsky
Abstract
Many artists feel alone and under-supported to the detriment of both themselves and their communities. The purpose of this study was to explore how artists receive support for their work through patronage. This study focused on three areas of Christian theological heritage: common grace, imago Dei, and patronage. The study followed a qualitative research design relying on semi­ structured interviews of artists working for the common good. The study identified three potential areas of support: material support, relational support, and intellectual support. By recognizing and leveraging its resources, the church could provide patronage in support of artists working for the common good.

Between mental illness and faith: the commission of pastoral care

Author
Lawrence Morganfield III
Abstract
This dissertation was researched to discover how churches are meeting the needs of the mentally ill parishioners. It is not yet known how deeply mental illness has affected the church, but its influences are being felt to the point where the church cannot sit by idly and ignore these needs or hope that they will go away. Unfortunately, many church leaders have not incorporated support for the mentally ill in their pastoral care repertoire yet. The goal of this study is to explore aspects of how the church is responding to this need and how it ministers to mentally ill parishioners and then provide recommendations for spiritual care and growth for this growing segment of the church.

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.
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