Clergy--Continuing education

Spiritual/Pastoral Support in Trauma Contexts: Guidelines for the Training of Hospital Chaplains

Author
Alin N Dogaru
Abstract
This thesis project paper explored the training for professional chaplains in assisting victims of traumatic events, their families, and their caregivers. It includes a survey study of the current requirements and practices within the major associations of chaplains in the USA regarding training received and assistance offered by these professionals. It provides guidelines about knowledge and skills the chaplains need in order to be effective in assisting those involved in traumatic events. The research showed the need for improving awareness and training for spiritual care professionals in trauma contexts through the development of educational and practical programs and resources.

The professional development of new army chaplains with special reference to "ministry of presence"

Author
George Vincent Reswik
Abstract
The project examines the professional development of the US Army chaplains in their first year of active duty in light of the author's understanding of ordained ministry and the special character of Army chaplaincy. Emphasis is placed on the "ministry of presence" in the work of the chaplain. "Ministry of presence" is a legitimate aspect of the chaplaincy not only because it prepares for other forms of ministry but because of what such presence itself does. The project includes a description and analysis of the results of a three-stage effort to deal creatively with the training by which chaplains are integrated into the Army. This experiment incorporates the concept of "ministry of presence" into the chaplains' training program. A final chapter draws conclusions, makes recommendations and notes how the project might be useful to others.

A program of training and a training manual for religious lay leaders within the United States Marine Corps

Author
Carroll Eugene Bartholomew
Abstract
Confronted with large numbers of military personnel, chaplain shortages and physical restraints, chaplains and commands realize that providing an adequate command program of ministry necessitates greater involvement of the laity. Personal faith, commitment, experience, academic research, colleague cooperation and support provided the theoretical, theological and academic aspects (Part 1) which gave shape to a Program of Training and a Training Manual (Part 2), which were corroborated and evaluated as acceptable by Jewish, Catholic and Protestant chaplains for that purpose.

Equipping the Worship Leadership Team of Northpark Baptist Church, Trussville, Alabama in selected spiritual disciplines

Author
Charles W Martin
Abstract
This project utilized information from reserach in the field of spiritual disciplines for the development and leading of a weekend experience to equip the Worship Leadership team at Northpark Baptist Church for the practice of selected disciplines. The curriculum for the weekend highlighted five disciplines that would be most useful for worship leaders: worship, Bible intake, prayer, solitude and silence, and service. The project director used various learning methods to train these worship leaders in the five disciplines. During the five sessions of the equipping workshop, the worship leaders practiced the spiritual disciplines. Through the practice of these disciplines, the selected worship leaders learned how to experience the presence of God.

From Rut to River: Coaching Pastors in Stuck Situations

Author
Laura A Cunningham
Abstract
This report explores executive coaching theory, considering how working with a coach can help a pastor out of a rut and thus regain energy for ministry. It uses narrative methodology to describe the impact of coaching on two pastors in Hudson River Presbytery in order to show how coaching may benefit pastors in similar situations.

Operation Barnabas: designing and implementing coaching training for ministry effectiveness

Author
Philip D Yoder
Abstract
Abstract: The purpose of this project was to design and implement a coaching training system for ministry effectiveness at Bethany Church. Participants were trained in a model consisting of a self-study orientation manual, coach community gatherings, and personal involvement in coaching relationships, along with the use of assessment tools that measured progress and growth. This paper contains section that highlighted the need for change to a preferred future, theological rationale for coaching, theoretical presupposition of coaching, project objectives, measurable results of the project, evaluative criteria and strategy, evaluation and analysis, conclusion, and a self-study orientation manual as appendices.

The journey home: images of death and afterlife with older adults

Author
Jane M Thibault
Abstract
A widespread problem in pastoral practice today is an inadequate response by clergy in engaging older adults on their views of death and their hopes for what lies beyond. This author developed a six week program to assist in encouraging clergy and their parishioners in broaching this very important topic. The author utilized narrative, pastoral, and relational theologies to support her research. Also the use of qualitative research was utilized in the form of personal interviews, focus group participation, observation, and the building of a sand tray that depicted the image of afterlife. This author found that an inadequate response by clergy was founded. Participants expressed very little education from the church on this topic. Participants acknowledged gratitude for the opportunity to delve into this subject and hoped it would make have a conversation with family on last wishes much easier.

Healthy churches for African cities: continuing education for church planters in Maputo, Mozambique

Author
Karl J Peterson
Abstract
This thesis presents a continuing education curriculum for Protestant church planters in Maputo, Mozambique. It assumes that healthy churches in urban Africa are both theologically and contextually reflective. The project opens laying biblical foundations from Hebrew 12:23. Contextual factors are then presented: urbanization, Maputo's history, globalization in Maputo, cultural contours, and a community analysis of one urban neighborhood. Six contextual theology/ministry attempts are analyzed. Fifteen theological institutions are summarized and the results of a survey of church planters are then presented. The project concludes with a theologically reflective continuing education guidebook for church planters given the contextual factors presented.

A design for continuing education in biblical holiness preaching

Author
Duane C Brush
Abstract
The problem facing preachers in the Church of the Nazarene of how to clearly and convincingly proclaim the biblical call to holy living is explored, A survey was conducted to examine the challenges faced in preaching and teaching biblical holiness. Major problem areas identified include the language used to describe biblical holiness and how to apply the subject to contemporary audiences. To address these problems a model continuing education course was designed and presented. Both pre- and postcourse evaluations of participants were conducted. Recommendations include a program of training and continuing education for Nazarene preachers in methods of biblical exegesis and application related to the effective proclamation of biblical holiness.
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