Discipleship

Developing a Regional Understanding of Church Growth of Chinese Churches in the U.S. and a Plan for Disciple-Making Based Church Growth at a Local Chinese Church

Author
Fong-Yuen Ding D.Min.
Abstract
A DMin major paper effort was made to understand church growth of Chinese churches in the U.S. It is suggested that church growth should be considered along with other biblical goals, and the principles of church growth should be considered as reminder for our being faithful. The dynamics of church growth were stated as a guide for faithfulness. A survey among four Chinese churches in the U.S. east coast region was conducted, and another in a local Chinese church in Knoxville among its attendees was also conduct. A strategic plan for disciple-making based church growth plan was developed.

An Examination of Discipleship in Army Chapel Ministries Overseas

Author
Jesse McCullough D.Min.
Abstract
Military chapels face unique situations that churches do not. These circumstances complicate making Biblical disciples, especially in an overseas environment. As pastors called to preach the gospel and make disciples, Army chaplains must discern how to fulfill the command of Christ while also working as an Army staff officer. Measuring whether growth is occurring may provide information to help chaplains keep what is working and change what is not. This project is designed to gauge whether chapels in an overseas environment, specifically Germany, are truly making disciples in accordance with the Biblical mandate. The research combines context, theological basis, and surveys of congregants to attempt determining which factors contribute to growth and which are unimportant. Advice for lessons learned and further research are included.

The Role of the Roman Catholic Catechists in Shaping Adolescents Equipped to Address De-Womanization in Igbo Culture of Nigeria

Author
VIRGINUS Onyekachi OSUAGWU D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis-project explores to what extent the effective training/formation in transformative catechesis for Roman Catholic catechists of South Eastern Nigeria can equip them to form male and female adolescents who can contribute to building respect and upholding the dignity of Igbo women. It is intended to be a contribution to the conversation about social justice in the Igbo Roman Catholic Church, with regard to respecting the dignity of every human being, especially women.
The author employs the praxis-theory-praxis approach of practical theology in situating what effective social justice training/formation of Igbo catechists could mean within their unique ecclesial, social and cultural contexts around the theme of discipleship. The author concludes that effective training/formation of Igbo catechists in transformative catechesis (discipleship, witnessing, social justice) is key to the transformation of Igbo adolescents, the Igbo Roman Catholic Church and ultimately, the Igbo culture.

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Developing a Great-Commission Driven Discipleship Strategy in a Small to Mid-size North American Chinese Church

Author
Simon ChinWen Chen
Abstract
The purpose of this dissertation is to encourage small to mid-size North American Chinese churches to identify clearly their purpose, to be motivated by the Gospel, and to promote the global mission of discipleship. Using a quantified questionnaire-survey, this dissertation analyzes how church leaders view the existence of their churches and their relationship to the Great Commission.
This dissertation finds that there firstly needs to be a change of mindset. When there is a breakthrough in ideas, practice will follow suit. The next part presents a blueprint and strategy designed for church leaders to follow, aiming at promoting mindset change. The blueprint includes the structure, system, and execution of discipleship training with suggested practical lesson plans.
In conclusion, one of Jesus’s purposes on earth was to spread the Gospel to all people. His disciples were not only followers, but also people changers whose own lives were transformed first. When we clearly identify the meaning and mission of the church’s existence, we will see that the primary responsibility of the pastor is to cultivate and train disciples. When Jesus began ministering in the first century, He established a disciple-making team that changed and transformed the world. The story must live on by the great power of the Gospel and the eternal redemption according to His covenant of grace.

Equipping Selected Members of Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Avon Park, Florida, with Essential Assimilation Skills

Author
John D Girdley
Abstract
The purpose of this projecct is to equip seleccted members of Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Avon Park, Florida, wiht essential assimiliation skills. The project director will research assimilation to identity the skills needed to integrate people into the church. Next, he will create a curriculum to teach these critical skills to selected members. Finally, the project director will teach this curriculum to equip selected members with the skills necessary to incorporate guests and members into Florida Avenue Baptist Church.

Presenting everyone in Christ exploring how pastors intentionally help congregants towards spiritual maturity through their preaching ministries

Author
Mark Goudy
Abstract
Preaching in a worship service is often overlooked as a key disciple-making strategy. Using qualitative research methods, this study explored principles and practices of proficient pastors who help congregants towards spiritual maturity through preaching.The literature review and analysis of interviews failed to identify preaching strategies that ensured congregants' maturity. Themes noted as helpful for effectually motivating and empowering towards maturity included in-depth gospel proclamation; heart-focussed application; a gospel-centred hermeneutic; a balanced diet of expository material; learning from others; a desire to grow spiritually themselves; sensitive sharing of personal struggles and need of God's sustaining grace

Discipling Christian C-level business executives

Author
Thomas Lutz
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore how Christian C-level executives experienced an increased motivation to pursue spiritual maturity after gaining clarity about their kingdom purpose. This study was designed using applied qualitative research, specifically a case study of six men who participated in a discipleship group for nine months. All participants identified significant change in one of five areas: the understanding of kingdom purpose, of God's view of their work, of their view of their work, of spirituality, and finally of their engagement with their life plan.

Equipping Selected Leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana, in Biblical Discipleship Skills

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana, in biblical discipleship skills. The project director examined research on discipleship, disciple-making, and workshop development. The project director utilized this research to develop teaching plans for the six-essential disciple-making skills workshop. The selected leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana were equipped with the skills from the research in a workshop consisting of five-hour-and-thirty-minute sessions from Saturday, June 3, 2017, and continuing each week through July 1, 2017.

Missional Cultivation Through Groups First United Methodist Church at Trussville's Effort at Reengaging the Community

Author
Joseph B DeWitte
Abstract
Post-Christendom, the church is left with a choice: to remain as though it dominates culture and continue to lose effectiveness, or to find the spirit that once birthed a church in the midst of not mere apathy, but persecution. The author explored the potential for a church firmly embedded in the mindset of Christendom to find that missional spirit once again through a covenant community seeking connection with God through spiritual disciplines to rediscover that the church is the continuation of God's mission of salvation to the world.

Intercultural Competency Offering an alternate leadership tool that shifts congregations from a mono-cultural model of church to an adaptive, intercultural congregation that integrates more new people, younger people and more diverse people

Author
Stephen E Handy
Abstract
The author considered whether the people of God could emerge from a historical and homogeneous congregation to become an intercultural congregation. While many tools are emerging to awaken congregations to the reality of gentrifying areas in urban communities, this project includes the impact of the theological and the sociological to develop intercultural competent leaders. Intercultural competency is one of the leadership tools that offer a greater awareness of the contextual and cultural realities of people, practices and behaviors. Intercultural competency can serve as an intervention of hope in the life of the church. Those intercultural and adaptive leaders can become a missional force of Jesus Christ while creating a discipleship path connecting with more people, young people and more diverse people for the sake of the gospel.
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