Clergy--Training

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.

Training Manual on the Lutheran Divine Service: A Response to Pentecostalism in the ELCT-South East Lake Victoria Diocese Agape Parish

Author
Daniel Henry Mono
Abstract
This project was conducted in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, South East of Lake Victoria Diocese. Pentecostalism has been seriously penetrating among Lutheran members to the extent that some of them do not value Lutheran Divine Service. They claim that Lutheran Divine Service is not spiritual because it is guided by the book or written materials and therefore not spiritual. The study made a survey. Results proved that many Lutheran members in ELCT did not understand the contents available in the hymnal. The study developed a training manual for Divine Service for pastors so that they are well equipped to help teaching their members so that they remain faithful Lutherans.

A Mentors' Manual for Leadership Formation for Postulants for Ordination in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto

Author
Heather K McCance
Abstract
Churches in Canada increasingly turn to clergy as leaders--not just as spiritual guides--in today's post-Christendom environment. The Anglican Diocese of Toronto identifies leadership as an important skill set for priests, yet there are few opportunities for postulants preparing for ordination to develop these skills. The author created a leadership development curriculum for experienced priests to use as mentors in working with postulants. Evaluation of the curriculum revealed that postulants expanded their leadership skills and grew in their intentionality for continued growth in leadership in the future.

Pastors developing their congregants through nurturing leadership

Author
Jean-Jude Lors
Abstract
As the literature suggests, pastors, as church leaders, spend more time administering. Nurturing leadership is needed in order to develop and grow congregants. The purpose of this study was to investigate how senior pastors develop their congregants through nurturing leadership. Research questions: How do senior pastors develop their congregants in spiritual renewal, spiritual gifts? The challenges that they face and the benefits gain. Eight pastors were interviewed, using a qualitative semi-structured format, and data was analyzed using the constant comparative method. Using nurturing leadership pastors renew, transform, grow and develop their congregant spiritual gifts. Pastors also become effective leaders.

The Impact of Personality Training on Lay Leadership

Author
Young-Jun Kim
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to strengthen the lay leadership of the Korean church through a character training program. The right character for Christians was assessed from the nine fruits of the Spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, from which a weekly training program was actualized using lectures and sharing in small groups. Project results showed that the character of trained lay leaders showed improvements manifested in the leadership. The author hopes and expects that the lay leadership can be set on the right path through character training, in order to establish a healthier Korean church.

Equipping the next generation to share the Gospel

Author
Carney A Lucas
Abstract
This project seeks to provide a contextualized method to train and equip Christians to share their faith. They will get biblical foundation for evangelism and be equipped wiht tools to know how to share the Gospel and best position themselves to share the Gospel. The goal of this project is to provide a resource for pastors and churches looking for effective, relivant ways to train and equip the next generation of Christians.

Common ground for God and country: enabling chaplains of various faiths to work together for the common good

Author
Carlton Fisher
Abstract
The United States Government employs chaplains of various faith traditions. Each chaplain is expected to minister within the realm of her or his own faith tradition, but is also expected to work with chaplains of other faiths and to accommodate religious traditions that are different than the chaplain's tradition. The author developed a class to foster greater respect among chaplains by deepening their understanding of spiritual development and show how that understanding affects the practice of accommodating various faith groups. The level of success of the class was tested by the use of questionnaires and a focus group.

Introducing Pentecostal pastors to the ministry of spiritual direction

Author
Jay A Herndon
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to introduce Pentecostal pastors to the ministry of spiritual direction so that they may integrate spiritual direction into their own ministry. The project consisted of conception, development, implementation, and evaluation phases. A major emphasis of the project involved developing a theology and theory of spiritual direction that would communicate to Pentecostal pastors. This was presented in a seminar to a select group of Assemblies of God ministers from the San Francisco Bay Area from January to April of 2001. Participants gained knowledge, developed skills, and engaged in practice in providing spiritual direction.
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