Discipleship

Eldership and discipleship in the Church of Scotland

Author
Graeme R Wilson
Abstract
This project researched the relationship between discipleship and the distinctive spiritual understanding of the office of Elder in the Church of Scotland. The author developed a biblical and (Reformed) theological model of cross-shaped discipleship based on the vertical and horizontal dimensions of love of God and love of neighbour respectively. Group discussions, interviews, and questionnaires generated qualitative and quantitative research data. The project revealed that the eldership favoured the horizontal elements of community and service over the more "spiritual" vertical dimension of discipleship, and that this may account for the eclipse of the "spiritual" in the office of Elder today.

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.

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.

Inspiring a passion for service ministry in seniors at McKenzie Road Baptist Church

Author
Shirley Louise Cunningham
Abstract
Senior believers must stay active in service to continue their spiritual growth and passion for the Lord. Through this project, the candidate recruited, trained, and coordinated five teams of senior members in providing spiritual services in four community older adult residential facilities. The thirteen participating senior believers ministering to other seniors overcame common challenges older adults face and found a renewed passion for service. The participant's testimonies inspired the other senior members of McKenzie Road baptist for service.
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