Discipling (Christianity)

Equipping Selected Leaders from Nepal in Essential Leadership Competencies

Author
Richard M Fraley
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop essential leadership competencies in cross-cultural context for selected leaders from Nepal. By equipping Nepalese in essential leadership competencies, the project director seeks to align the leaders to a vision taken from Revelation 7:9. The project director will synthesize his research in developing a list of essential competencies and then create curriculum that will be reproducing across house church networks. This will help leaders develop this vision of all peoples knowing and worshipping Jesus Christ. The msision will be impossible without well-trained and character-filled leadership reproducing across Nepal.

Outward Focused Church Cultural Shifts Leading to Missional Outcomes

Author
Rodger Woodworth
Abstract
The thesis of this project proposed that an inward focus prevented members of an established congregation from having authentic relationships or significant conversations of eternal matters with those outside the walls of the church. Thenographic information concerning internal and external challenges was gained through questionnaires and interviews. The study proceeded to examine biblical and theological foundations for an outward focus, re-envisioning a missional church culture, educated and equipped members through outward focused gatherings, and encouragement with unchurched people in the community by means of a common passion, to develop authentic, mutual relationships of trust and influence.

A Study of a Missional Life Accomplished by the Missional Spiritual Disciplines Focusing on Seowon Church

Author
Ki Song Nam
Abstract
This project paper studies the relationship between the missional spirituality and a missional life hoding the question, "how do the Christians lead a missinal life?" The author draws a conclusion that the missional spirituality has a positive influence on the Christians" missional life by comparing pre-project and post-project surveys carried out targeting the congregation of the Seowon Church who participated in the training course of the missional spiritual formation.

Developing a Disciple-Making Strategy for Deerfood Baptist Church, Trussville, Alabama

Author
Mark C Gainey
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a disciple-making strategy for Deerfood Baptist Church (DBC) in Trussville, Alabama. During the first phase of the project, the project director explored the demographics of DBC to assess the effectiveness of current disciple-making processes. In the second phase, the project director researched existing models of disciple-making to determine best practices. The third phase of the project involved the project director leading a strategy team to develop a disciple-making strategy for the church. The final phase of the project was to present the completed disciple-making strategy to DBC for approval.

Equipping selected adults from LifePoint Church, Smyrna, Tennessee, with gender-based group disciple-making skills

Author
Eddie Mosley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults from LifePoint Church, Smyrna, Tennessee, with disciple-making skills for gendered-based groups. Equipping selected adults with disciple-making skills for gender-based groups will potentially address the need for multiplication of disciple groups. Making disciples through gender-based groups to know and understand scripture will strengthen the individuals in their pursuit to be more like Christl. Disciple-making will become a key practice to help LifePoint attendees grow spiritually and multiply disciples. The project director used an equipping model with three phases to accomplish this project. Phase one of the equipping model was to research several different models of disciple-making, including small groups, Sunday School, gender-based groups, and mentoring, in order to discover common skills used to produce disciples. Phase two consisted of the project director synthesizing the skills discovered in the research into a training course. Phase three was the training workshop with selected adults. The project evaluation confirmed the project equipped the selected adults with disciple-making skills needed for gender-based groups.

From Apathy to Mission: A Critical Transition for Pastors and Leaders of Faithful, Yet Changing Congregations

Author
Dale R Stiles
Abstract
Throughout the researcher's 20 years of ordained ministry in the Lutheran Church he has continually been interested in the critical role effective biblical discipleship practices have on the 21st century church as well as the church of the future. It is evident in many communities of faith and among individual believers that there is a problematic lack of passion, urgency, and interest in faithfully carrying out one's call to discipleship. For this project five individual congregations and their pastors were studied and assessed as models that have bridged the gap from apathy to mission and from casual observer to faithful disciple. Data was gathered through general observation, open-ended questionnaires, face-to-face interviews, and surveys. Through grounded theory and a phenomenological approach to research, core concepts that can aid communities of faith in bridging the gap from apathy to mission were identified.

Alistair Begg, Modern Day Puritan and Model For Expository Preaching: The Connection Between Spiritual Disciplines and Application

Author
Kelly B Burton
Abstract
Seminaries touch on it, authors write on it but few can exhibit the transition from explanation to application as well as Alistair Begg. By researching eight of Begg's sermons the writer aimed to demonstrate that Begg relies particularly on three spiritual disciplines: prayer, solitude, and Bible reading. Chapter one introduces Alistair Begg by highlighting his puritan influences. Chapter two spotlights the puritans in sermon crafting. Chapter three features spiritual disciplines. Chapter four is entitled sermon application the impact of the disciplines. Finally, Chapter five is entitled Alistair Begg at work: An analysis of sermons.

Spiritual formation: beyond cognitive belief -- an ethnographic study of adult Sunday school in baptistic churches in Massachusetts

Author
Laura J Cassidy-Moffatt
Abstract
This research project examined adult Sunday school in seven baptistic churches in Massachusetts. An ethnographic study was conducted to discern common practices and highlight opportunities for growth in the midst of church decline. The researcher examined the biblical concepts of teaching and knowing and conducted a literature review of the history of Sunday school, pedagogical best practices, and advances in cognitive neuroscience of learning. The researcher identified five themes common to these Sunday school programs that have resulted in lack of holistic formation in Sunday School as traditionally practiced: mission, attendance, commitment/engagement, format, and content. The field research yielded a pessimistic portrait of adult Sunday school in six of the seven churches studied. It was shown to be an outdated model practiced by a dwindling group. The researcher described ways, using the five identified themes, in which the aging Sunday school model could be augmented to better fulfill the goals of knowing in the biblical sense, personal transformation, and cooperation with the Holy Spirit's guidance and teachings. Teaching in ways that transform lives is a long-term cooperative effort with the Holy Spirit and can only be done in the context of a healthy church community. Churches that do not prioritize discipleship set themselves up for members who are spiritually apathetic, and ultimately those churches may decline over time.

Developing a disciple-making strategy to create a culture of discipleship at First Baptist Church, Haughton, Louisiana

Author
Scott E Sullivan
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a disciple-making strategy to create a culture of discipleship at First Baptist Church, Haughton, Louisiana (FBCH). The first step involved an in-depth study of FBCH's attendance trends from 2005 to 2015 based on the annual church profile reports and recorded church history. The project director compared discipleship strategies of churches with similar characteristics and conducted a survey of church leaders to determine the current condition of FBCH discipleship. The research showed that FBCH plateaued in attendance from 2008 to 2013. The project director determined that FBCH needed a disciple-making strategy that led to multiplication and focused on transformation. A group of leaders met with the director for six weeks to develop a disciple-making strategy for FBCH that creates a culture of discipleship.

Determining the benefits of discipleship training using the Bible as primary discussion material in various sized groups of 3-4, 10-14, and 20+

Author
Daniel G Kachikis
Abstract
Using a one-year Bible as the sole discipleship material and discussion as the primary method of guidance, the author surveyed three research study groups of different sizes. The findings indicate that using the one-year Bible helped the participants grow in their love for Christ and love for the Word. This study also saw participants grow in their confidence to make disciples and grow in their willingness to make disciple-making their lifestyle in following Christ. Regarding the optimal group size, the author found that groups of five to eight seemed to naturally become the best platform for discipleship.
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