Discipleship

The Development and Evaluation of a Discipleship Program for the Beijing Yizhuang District

Author
Long Cheng D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
Before Jesus rises to heaven, he said to his disciples: “All authority in heaven and on earth. has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20) This is Jesus’ final commandment before risen to heaven. Jesus considers this great commandment very important. He expects his disciples to complete this comment faithfully, earnestly, and proactively. This is also the church that his followers gather, who carry forward this mission faithfully.

With many years of observation of church’s growth, I have found that some mega churches have very good church environment, abundant offering in number, but there are very few true disciples who can really live a life like Jesus, who are really willing to follow Jesus. Jesus has said to the fig tree by the roadside “May you never bear fruit again!” (Mt 21:19b) Many churches are like this fig tree with many leaves cover the tree. It looks very good from the outside, but it does not bear fruit. This is what Jesus hates.

With this study, I hope to explore a discipleship training, which will suit church and help disciples grow spiritually under biblical principles. I also hope that this training will help many other churches in the similar background.

Equipping Rural Pastors in Zimbabwe to Practice John Owen’s Discipline of Mortifying Sin in Their Daily Life

Author
Stephen Douglas Skinner ThM
Abstract
This project introduced John Owen’s biblical discipline of mortifying sin to twenty-five rural pastors in Zimbabwe. These pastors serve the Lord in regions that limit their access to training and biblical resources. Through the implementation of Owen’s, The Mortification of Sin in the Life of the Believer, these men learned the biblical discipline of daily fighting against the tendency of catering to their residual sin. After they thoroughly read Owen’s work, and signed an agreement to participate letter, an assessment of their spiritual health was made and evaluated through the completion of a spiritual health survey. This was followed by attending a 32-hour seminar, where each man received a conference book. The material had been abridged and edited into a ten-session format. The course was taught at the Peniel Training Center in Hope Fountain, Zimbabwe. At the conclusion of the course, each pastor was asked to summarize this experience in an essay, and each received a certificate of completion.

Preaching the Gospel with their Lives: A Call and Responsibility of Catholic Married Couples

Author
Karen Eileen Seaborn D.Min.
Abstract
Vatican Council II expands the theology of marriage beyond that of procreation and education of children to include bearing witness to Christ in the world. In professing and living their marriage vows, Christian married couples proclaim Christ’s love in word and action—for each other and the church and the world. This study provides the theological foundation for marriage as one of the seven ritualized sacraments in the Catholic Church. It draws on the Christ/church/sacrament model espoused by Vatican II theologians showing Christian husbands and wives to be the efficacious word of God spoken to each other and the church and world. It explores the church's evolving theology of marriage by surveying civil and liturgical rites of marriage from the church’s beginning to present time.
This thesis connects the married couple’s call to bear witness with the church’s preaching mission by attending to Scripture, church teaching, and preachers to show that husbands and wives who faithfully live their marriage vows through the entirety of their lives together, preach the kingdom of God in word and action from the pulpit of their everyday lives. It gathers wisdom from the discipline of marriage and family counseling, attends to practices that assist married couples to be more efficacious preachers of Christ’s love and notes destructive communication patterns that cause them to be countersign of Christ’s love. A description of the ministerial intervention is provided: a day of reflection, formation, and conversation for newly married couples based on the Rite of Marriage. It includes a compilation and analysis of data from three participant questionnaires: pre-workshop, end-of-workshop-day, and thirty days later. The thesis concludes by establishing why this study matters to the church and offers possible next steps for the future of this study.

Equipping Selected Student Leaders of Parkway Baptist Church Clinton, Mississippi, with Essential Disciple-Making Skills

Author
Louis Emile Zinc
Abstract
The purpose of this project in ministry was to equip selected student leaders from Parkway Baptist Church with essential disciple-making skills. The project director chose the equipping model in order that the research completed would be a tool utilized to spur on Great Commission obedience in the lives of students at Parkway Baptist Church. He conducted research in the field of discipleship and created a curriculum to identify the skills necessary for being discipled and making disciples.

Assessment of the project consisted of five tests. The tests were given to the student leaders before and after each equipping session. The results of the tests helped the project director to determine if the equipping model was successful.

Enhancing Expository Preaching Skills to Increase Congregational Awareness of Selected Spiritual Disciplines at Friendship Baptist Church of Statesboro, Georgia

Author
Carmine Anthony Pagliarullo
Abstract
The purpose of this project report is to demonstrate how the project director's expository preaching skills were enhanced to increase congregational awareness of select spiritual disciplines at Friendship Baptist Church of Statesboro, Georgia. The project director researched expository preaching in order to formulate best practices for expository preaching from other practitioners. The project director researched the field of spiritual disciplines and discerned best practices Christian spiritual disciplines in order to raise awareness of spiritual disciplines for the congregation of Friendship Baptist Church of Statesboro, Georgia.

The project director increased his knowledge of best practices of spiritual disciplines, and his skill in the the delivery of expository sermons, The project director grew in his ability to help raise awareness of spiritual discipline practices among the congregation of Friendship Baptist Church. By researching the fields of expository preaching and spiritual disciplines the project director expanded his ability to preach expositionally as he raises awareness of spiritual disciplines among the congregation of Friendship Baptist Church.

Equipping Selected Leaders at Killian First Baptist Church, Killian, Louisiana, with Essential Discipleship Skills

Author
Donald M McClellan
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of Killian First Baptist Church, Killian, Louisiana, with essential discipleship skills. To accomplish the stated project, the project director identified three main goals. Each goal is further divided into phases to reach the stated goal. THe first phase for goal one consisted of research to identify essential discipleship skills and the best practices for connecting and communicating with pre-teens and early teens. The second phase of the first goal was to conduct a survey of the selected leaders to determine self-perceived strengths and weaknesses of the selected leaders in regarding their discipleship skills. The second goal was to develop curriculum for use in equipping selected leaders with essential discipleship skills. The first phase of this second goal was the completion of LeRoy Ford's Design for Teaching and Training. The second phase was to create a curriculum for equipping of essential discipleship skills. The final goal was equipping leaders with discipleship skills. This goal is divided into the following phases: enlisting participants, creating a class roster, conducting the training, and conducting a post-test exit interviews.

Equipping Selected Women at Suburban Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, with Essential Multicultural Discipleship Skills

Author
Stephanie A Golden Friend
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop and quipping model to provide selected women at Suburban Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, with essential multicultural discipleship skills. The project director researched the field of discipleship to determine discipleship methodologies and essential skills practiced by women's ministry leaders in multicultural churches. Information from this research was used to develop the curriculum for a seminar presented at Suburban Baptist Church to equip participants with essential skills to disciple women of other cultures. The seminar consisted of four ninety-minute sessions encompassing two consecutive Saturdays. The concepts developed in this project can be adapted as a guide for discipleship in multicultural women's ministry by other churches, associations, or state conventions.

Equipping Selected Attenders of Life Point Community Church, Mansura, Louisiana, with Discovery Bible Study Competencies

Author
Jacob Aubrey Crawford
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected attenders of Life Point Community Church, Mansura, Louisiana, with Discovery Bible Study competencies. To accomplish this purpose, the project director researched the area of disciple-making movements and Discovery Bible Study method. The project director produced a summary report of disciple-making movements and Discovery Bible Study and created a list of Discovery Bible Study competencies. The project director also researched workshop models and constructed a comparative analysis. The summary report, list of competencies, and comparative analysis were used to develop a workshop that equipped selected attenders of Life Point Community Church, Mansura, Louisiana, with Discovery Bible Study competencies. The workshop was comprised of five sessions lasting one hour each. The project director procured the help of experts in Discovery Bible Study methodology and curriculum development to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of this project. The project director utilized pre-test/post-test, role playing, and commitment cards to measure the participants' comprehension.

Prophetic Preaching to Inspire Embodied Discipleship Beyond the Walls of the Building

Author
Jon Robinson D.Min.
Abstract
Over the past few decades, the focus of the black church in America has shifted from a communal pursuit of justice and liberation for marginalized people, toward a personal pursuit of piety and prosperity. This project, Prophetic Preaching to Inspire Embodied Discipleship Beyond the Walls of the Building, offers a theo-political discipleship model that seeks to reclaim and reimagine Jesus’ first century call to discipleship. Through prophetic preaching and a practical application of womanist ethics of personal and communal thriving, pastors and parishioners can embody a liberative, justice-oriented discipleship praxis that advances human flourishing beyond the walls of our buildings.

Using Luke's Slave Metaphor to Teach the Biblical Foundations for Financial Stewardship at First Baptist Church of Buffalo Gap, Texas

Author
Charles Leon Gililland
Abstract
This project evaluated whether a financial stewardship study built around Christ-centered stewardship principles (derived from Luke’s servant parables employing slavery metaphor) instead of practical financial planning could affect change in small group members' financial stewardship habits at First Baptist Church of Buffalo Gap, Texas.
Chapter 1 introduces the financial problem facing the Church today even in the midst of the American financial recovery, and the thesis of the project is presented. In addition, the theological background for the study with exegetical analysis of the Lukan parables is presented.
Chapter 2 outlines the project research plan and methodology. A weekly progress report is also included in this chapter.
Chapter 3 presents the qualitative and quantitative project analysis gathered from both a pre- and post-study survey and a pre- and post-study financial giving report. The chapter concludes with an executive summary that outlines the positive change in group members' habits and suggestions for further implementation of the project.
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