Decision making

A Multiple Case Study: Participative Decision-Making in Four Black Indiana Churches

Author
Michael S. Johnson D.Min.
Abstract
This research study looked at factors in participative decision-making that would balance congregational polity and pastoral authority. A multiple-case study was conducted with four Black Baptist churches in central Indiana. Fifteen participants were interviewed across cases and organizational documents were analyzed. Four themes emerged from the study. They included effectiveness, unified involvement, decision parameters, and trusted leadership. Effectiveness related to support for a decision. Unified Involvement was about members’ sense of belonging. Parameters involved areas where certain groups had discretion in decision-making. Lastly, trusted leadership pertained to the calling of a pastor and the confidence members placed in that calling.

The Knowledge of God and the Knowledge of Self: Exploring Spiritual Formation via Discernment and the MBTI

Author
Christopher Andrew Walker D.Min.
Abstract
In this Research Portfolio, the author explores spiritual formation through growing in the knowledge of God and in the knowledge of self. The specific avenue for exploring growing in the knowledge of God is discernment, and the specific avenue for exploring growing in the knowledge of self is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. The Spiritual Autobiography tells the story of the author’s personal journey of spiritual formation through the various revelations about God and self that the Lord has brought to his life. The Model of Spiritual Formation theorizes that growing in the knowledge of self can help us to hear from and know God better through discernment, thus aiding in our spiritual formation. The Research Project tested one aspect of the Model with a small group of congregants from Meadow Brook Church in Leamington, ON, and demonstrated an effective process of discernment for the participants. The conclusion of this Research Portfolio is that growing in the knowledge of self can help us to grow in the knowledge of God, which will aid us in our spiritual formation.

An army chaplain's guide to help single servicemembers navigate the dating process

Author
Patrick Hester
Abstract
This project presents training to help single servicemembers safely navigate the dating process. The training, unlike the Army’s Single Soldiers Strong Bonds program, welcomes a single servicemembers’ romantic partner. This training incorporates key elements of the Strong Bonds' training, but in less time and with additional resources. The author prepared a questionnaire addressing key aspects of dating for the members of the 3rd Squadron 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. The feedback was used to develop training that focuses on helping single servicemembers acquire the knowledge needed to assess if a potential romantic partner’s qualities are conducive for a healthy romantic relationship.

[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.]

Incorporating Guidance-Based Team Ministry Decision-Making Principles in a College Course on Leadership Development

Author
Greg A Pechacek
Abstract
The effectual teaching of team leadership is a critical training component. The primary objective of this project was to develop, teach, and evaluate a four-part lesson plan for Christian Life College-Madison leadership course that included guidance-based group decision-making skills. Another major focus was to stimulate a change of mind and anticipated future actions among students. As a result of the study, the lesson plan will be added to the leadership development course as part of the larger curriculum at Christian Life College-Madison.

Sifting our discerning: assessing the discernment methods of Danny Morris and Charles Olsen

Author
David Ralph Chotka
Abstract
This thesis project concerns the decision-making processes of churches in conversion with biblical material for processes of communal discernment methods developed by Danny Morris and Charles "Chuck" Olsen, a process used by many to sift and obey what God is directing. To weigh its allegiance to Scripture and its effectiveness in current practice, this study overviews what is currently happening in church decision-making, and analyses how decisions were taken "by discernment" in Scripture. It also examines discernment in church history. Case-study interviews and a field study examination of the Morris/Olsen method are included. The thesis ends with a synthesis of biblical/practical research, and contains recommendations for future action to move God's people toward Scriptural processes of decision-making.

A study of critical care nurses' listening behavior through the application of the quality listening model

Author
D Clare Biedenharn
Abstract
Listening is a quality indicator in patient-centered care. Working within the paradigm of the Quaker listening model, as described by activist and educator Parker J. palmer and others, the intentional use of a spiritually based therapeutic listening model is an effective tool used by the Registered Nurse (RN) in working with patients and their families in making decisions in critical care settings. This project seeks to gauge the outcome of intentional use of this model by the RN as both a tool for improving patient care as well as personal spiritual awareness measured through the Daily Religious Experience Scale.

The local church discerning faithful and effective mission partners

Author
Corey A Nelson
Abstract
Given the enormous number of options facing a congregation seeking to choose mission partners for outreach and service, how does the local church decide where to invest its resources (time, talent, treasure)? Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest will be surveyed through an online questionnaire and focus groups regarding their own values and practices in philanthropy and where they believe their local church should be involved in mission. The research demonstrates that through an exploration of philanthropic best practices, theological study, and awareness-raising dialogue among its members, the local church can enrich discipleship, compel greater charitable generosity and service and make a bigger impact on its community through strategic mission partnerships.

The role of the Holy Spirit in local church leadership decision-making processes

Author
Wilson Mugambi M'Arinii
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to discover to what extent a select group of local African Methodist Episcopal Church in North Ohio Conference, and the United methodist Churches in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, depend on the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the decision-making process. There is an existence at a general lack of acknowledgement by the person of the Holy Spirit during decision-making processes due to fear of what others may think and say if the leaders were to rely on the Spirit's transformational leadership. A Likert Scale quessionnaire was used to survey thirty respondents.

Godly consensus: a decision-making process in the local church

Author
Timothy C Bhajjan
Abstract
The problem this project addressed was how Christians, in a local church, discovered God's leading for the future direction of the church through consensus-based decision-making. In-depth interviews were conducted with 25 members of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) located in Crookston, Minnesota. The two topics of hearing the voice of God in community and consensus-based decision-making were explored. An action plan for the future ministry of the church was developed. Godly consensus is a real, viable and effective means by which one local church was able to recognize what God was saying to them.

The role of emotion at the point of persuasion in preaching

Author
Mark C Roath
Abstract
Emotion's role at the point of persuasion is to provide presence, understanding, dissonance and movement. The point of persuasion is designated as those events that occur between considerations and belief. When a new premise is contradictory to previously held beliefs, there is a dissonance created. This dissonance creates the need for a decision. The activity of making a decision that is counter to currently held beliefs requires faith. This faith decision is the point of persuasion. The incredible dynamic which is added during the preaching event is the work of the Holy Spirit.
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