Clergy--Continuing education

Developing tailored spiritual disciplines for the prevention of and recovery from spiritual burnout of the small group leaders at Han moory Church in New Jersey

Author
John Sangdon Park
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop tailored spiritual disciplines for the prevention of and recovery from spiritual burnout of the small group leaders at Han moory Church in New Jersey. The small group leaders who have served for over 4 years have experienced fatigues and burnouts. Prior to this project, the church did not have a process to help recovering fatigued leaders. In response to this specific need, the candidate developed and implemented a training program that included lecture, mentoring, practice of various spiritual disciplines, sharing of experiences, and positive encouragement and feedback from peers to help the small group leaders to recover from fatigues and burnouts. This program prepared the leaders to serve the Lord with renewed strength and spiritual vigor. In the course of 3 months, participants and the candidate learned skills and attitudes to spirituality stay fresh and strong by seeking intimacy with the Lord through exercising various spiritual disciplines. This enabled them to be effective in their leadership positions.

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
Maintaining pastoral resilience for ministry while serving a congregation struggling with change has been a dilemma for mainline church pastors. This project focuses on executive coaching for pastors at risk of becoming "stuck," losing energy of momentum in congregational ministry. 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
Rebecca Gayle Church
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.

A continuing education program for local church leaders of Burkina Faso: training ministers to balance numerical growth with spiritual maturity in the churches

Author
Zacharie Delma
Abstract
This work is a study focused on the development of a continuing training program for local church leaders in Burkina Faso. It asserts that a continuing education program is a lever that can promote not only development and well-being but also spiritual maturity. The fast-growing church and a low level of education are realities the churches in Africa are facing. Many local church leaders lack sufficient training to care well for their flocks. This problem is exacerbated by multiple challenges the country faces. In addition to a lack of development and education, there is pressure to have a large number of congregants but no effort to build qualitative spiritual formation. Continuing education aims to change lives by equipping the local church leaders with knowledge and leadership tools that help them to promote change in attitude and behaviors. The training program set to reach the goal of maturity is presented. Based on feedback obtained from leaders and teachers, this work gives instruction for further development of the continuing education program.

Training for church multiplication

Author
Thomas G Herrick
Abstract
This thesis-project creates a training model for church leaders that combines biblical and theological reflection in the context of field training. It has three primary focus areas: (1) the person and work of the church planter; (2) best practices and methodologies; and (3) principles of multiplication found in church planting movements. It provides an adult learning model utilizing an action-reflection methodology in the context of field-based study within the parameters of a Doctor of Ministry program. This design enables church planting leaders to synthesize their personal ministry experiences in light of emerging strategies in order to plant healthy, reproducing churches.

The valued impact of advanced formal theological training on leadership development for the African-American pastor in the National Baptist Convention

Author
John Michael Patrick
Abstract
This study's purpose is to discover the valued impact of advanced formal theological training on leadership development in the life of the African-American pastor in the National Baptist Convention. Most of the study focuses twelve such pastors in Alabama with advanced degrees from various theological seminaries. In the course of the author reading literature, conducting interviews, writing the dissertation and reflecting upon his own experiences, it was clear to him that seminaries, local churches and conventions must play a part in responding to the needs of these pastors. Several recommendations and challenges have been formulated to this extend.
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