Los Factores que Ayudan a los Pastores Inmigrantes de Habla Hispana a Desarrollar un Ministerio Efectivo en Iglesias Hispanas en Los Ángeles

William Germán Cárcamo Ramos D.Min.
El tema de esta investigación es dar a conocer cuáles son los factores que ayudan a los pastores inmigrantes de habla hispana a desarrollar un ministerio efectivo en iglesias hispanas en Los Ángeles. Porque existe una cantidad de iglesias con pastores que están luchando día a día, para expandir el reino de Dios, y en su intento encuentran obstáculos, barreras de toda índole que surgen y afectan al pastor en su intento de avanzar.

La diversa representación cultural es un factor que existe en las congregaciones de Los Ángeles California que confronta el buscar modelos de superación, de ser efectivos, de hacer una labor Digna de Dios. En esta última década, pareciera que existe una confusión en el papel pastoral. Se observa una conducta mercantilista, por un lado, y por el otro, una posición religiosa sin fundamento.

Las propuestas de esta tesis se basarán en los resultados de una investigación realizada a pastores hispanos, que han estado en el campo de acción por muchos años, y atraviesan diversas problemáticas que no han sido visibilizadas y atendidas. El modelo a seguir será constructivo en base a una amplia investigación documental y de campo.

En esta tesis, el lector encontrará cuatro respuestas que ayuden al pastor a ser efectivo en su ministerio. Los factores mencionados son: 1) El pastor debe integrarse favorablemente a la diversidad cultural hispana de Los Ángeles California. 2) El pastor hispano debe tener un acompañamiento espiritual de otros pastores. 3) El pastor hispano debe aprovechar las oportunidades educativas para su superación. 4) El pastor hispano debe desarrollar nuevas capacidades pastorales ajustadas a la cultura de la iglesia hispana de Los Ángeles.


Dieu Tran D.Min.
Peter Dieu Tran, M.A., D.Min. Aquinas Institute of Theology, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2021.

This doctor of ministry thesis is an attempt to contribute to the preaching mission in Vietnam. Dealing with the problem that many Vietnamese preachers face (Chapter I), this project proposes that preachers use proverbs and folk poetry in their preaching. Before trying to put this preaching method into practice, this thesis looks at the theological framework (Chapter II), the homiletical foundation (Chapter III), and a brief study of Vietnamese proverbs and folk poetry (Chapter IV). Chapter V details the ministerial intervention of this project and the interpretation of its outcomes. Chapter VI reviews the overall project and the next steps for my research.


William W. Eckert D.Min.

Eckert, William W., MAPS, DMin, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2021.
Chapter One begins to address an issue with preaching that does not fully integrate the experiences of the community with the Word of God. The chapter covers a brief overview of liturgical preaching, the problem with creating grounded preaching, and the unique qualities of deacons as liturgical preachers in addressing this problem with the guidance of theological reflection.

Chapter Two introduces theological reflection as practical theology and a preaching preparation tool that encourages a dialogue between human experience and Church Traditions (Sacred Scripture, liturgy, beliefs, and teachings).

Chapter Three offers adult education and curriculum development to teach theological reflection as an effective tool of preaching preparation.

Chapter Four explores the current state of preaching within the Archdiocese of Seattle. It includes a summary of conversations with the homiletics and theological reflection instructors in the current deacon formation program. Then, the chapter presents the heart of the project: creating a new unit for the homiletics curriculum in the deacon formation program in collaboration with a small cohort of diocesan deacons.

Chapter Five presents the final version of the new unit for the homiletics program, which was presented to the Archdiocese of Seattle (the Vicar of Clergy, the Director of the Deacon Formation Program, and the homiletics instructor).

A Participatory Strength-Based Review of the Flexible Model of Training for Salvation Army Officers in the Finland and Estonia Territory

Geraldine Leah Lindholm D.Min.
In 2002, The Salvation Army in the Finland and Estonia Territory moved from a standard residential officer training model to a flexible, non-residential training model. The passing years brought changes within The Salvation Army and in the surrounding culture that impacted the new training program. Surface cracks began to show as challenges arose in a number of areas: balance, supervision, curriculum and fellowship. The need to perform a comprehensive review of the flexible training model was evident.
A participatory, strength-based review was conducted using, firstly, a focus group of five officers who shared their diverse experience of officer training. Secondly, an anonymous participant survey was sent out to all officers who had been trained in the flexible training model. Fifteen of the possible twenty-two responded, sharing their perception of the strengths and challenges of the flexible training model, and shared potential ways to make improvements. Eight important components related to a strong flexible training model were identified. These became the building blocks for a renewed flexible model of officer training through a three-year implementation plan.
This portfolio was written as a journey, weaving my personal leadership development, biblical leadership models, contemporary leadership theory, and participant action research into a celebration of leadership development within The Salvation Army in the Finland and Estonia Territory.

Dare to change : adaptive leadership internship experiences by seminary interns in field education

Dorothee Edith Tripodi
"By engaging in congregational analysis using Heifetz and Linsky's leadership characteristics, UPSem (Richmond) M.Div. seminary interns of the summer 2019 intensive and fall 2019 part-time academic year sessions defined internship experiences as either technical, technical-adaptive, or adaptive. The instructor, using ethnographic methodology combined with Heifetz's reflection process of observation, interpretation, and intervention, explored the interns' narrative findings concerning their ability to identify leadership challenges. The conventional wisdom that students would be limited in their ability to use Heifetz and Linsky's leadership characteristic due to lack of ministerial experience proofed unfounded. The outcome of this ethnographic reflection invites further exploration concerning a pastoral intern's leadership abilities in light of on-going vocational discernment, vocational identity, and authority in complex systems subject to denominational and cultural change." -- Leaf [2].

Call on Paul : a mentoring tool for new pastors in the Washington Conference of the Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Marlene R. Mitchell
""Call on Paul: A Mentoring Tool for New Pastors in the Washington Conference of the Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church" examines the efficacy of the development of a mentoring module to address the gap in pastoral preparedness. Research was conducted via the use of purposive samples, descriptive questions, and numerous interviews. The feedback affirmed the lack in formal and informal mentoring relationships. Data gathered through research and interviews with both seasoned clergy and newly appointed pastors led to the development of a practical guide that will enable new pastors to be stronger, more effective leaders." -- Leaf [2].

Reclaiming salvation as health, healing, and wholeness in the Wesleyan tradition : a contextualization for first generation Hispanic-Latinos

Emma Arely Escobar
"As The United Methodist Church (UMC) attempts to remain relevant to the growing Hispanic-Latino community, a new problem has arisen through the recruitment of new pastors from abroad and from other denominations. Colonized theological frameworks of recruited pastors affect their involvement in holistic ministries that address social justice work. This project proposes a teaching module that addresses salvation as health, healing, and wholeness in the Wesleyan tradition. Sections in this module are critical to teaching these recruited pastors and leaders the importance of seeing salvation holistically (meaning as salvation for the body, mind, and spirit) in order to engage in effective ministry. The author uses surveys and pastors' interviews to demonstrate the importance of this approach." -- Leaf [2].

Cross-racial and cross-cultural ministry in the Latino context : learning to listen to our stories : intercultural competency 101 for Latino communities

Arroyo Giovanni
"This project argues that Latino ministries in the United States are built on a cross-racial and cross-cultural DNA because of the cultural complexities and ethnic realities present in the Latino population. The author suggests a Wesleyan ecclesiology (orthodoxy, orthopraxis, and orthopathy) and an intercultural competence framework for the design of an introductory curriculum for pastors and lay leaders. The data obtain through survey, face-to-face consultation and pilot testing has resulted in the creation of a intercultural competency 101 curriculum that provides specific skills in a cross-racial and cross-cultural ministry in the Latino context. The author affirms the curriculum provides a way of preparing leaders to flourish in the multicultural, multinational, and multiethnic reality of Latino ministries." -- Leaf [2].

Overcoming spiritual bondage in Methodist churches in Togo : deliverance in counseling as a pastoral approach

Tofa Amouzoun
"Healing prayers and deliverance has become very common and central to the activities of most churches in Togo. . . . In the context of my project, spiritual bondage is one of the challenges that members of KMMC in Togo are facing nowadays. . . . Spiritual bondage is prevalent not only among unbelievers and other Christians, but also KMMC members in every aspects of their life. . . . Using qualitative method of data analysis, views . . . received from pastors and church members, . . . discussions . . . on elements of healing and deliverance and principles of education[,] the author use[s] practical methods to address this important issue in pastoral care. . . . [D]eliverance, as a practice, is characterized by different activities. It is the effectiveness of these activities that contributes to the well-being of the victims of bondage. This research . . . found that good healing and deliverance that use contextual approaches can contribute greatly to the growth of the KMMC in Togo . . . . Therefore, the author suggests contextual educational approach that will help pastors to acquire necessary tools that is needed for this ministry. The Faculty of Theology of Lomé, where the pastors of KMMC are trained, will be use[d] to empower them in order to be well equipped for this ministry in the Church." -- Leaf [2].

Toward an Effective Pastoral Mentoring Strategy:
E. K. Bailey’s Training of Prospective Pastoral Candidates

Felix Caston D.Min.
This dissertation examines the pastoral mentoring strategy utilized by E. K. Bailey at Concord Baptist Church to train young preachers to become pastors.
Chapter 1 introduces E. K. Bailey and provides his ministry credentials. It also establishes the need for training preachers to be resourceful in serving churches of a new generation.
Chapter 2 shares Bailey’s biography and gives a synopsis of his life while documenting experiences, accomplishments, and individuals that shaped his life.
Chapter 3 gives an overview of Bailey’s Ministry Strategy, including development, implementation, and goals.
Chapter 4 includes an analysis of Bailey’s Ministry Strategy. An examination is done of the target of his ministry and the expected outcome.
Chapter 5 examines the implementation of Bailey’s Ministry Strategy at Concord Baptist Church, along with an assessment of how it impacted Concord.
Chapter 6 concludes the dissertation and offers areas for further research, as well as, recommendations how this dissertation can be used by pastors in preparing young preachers to become pastors.
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