Hospitality--Religious aspects


Video Church: The Effects of the Video Church Model on Christian Hospitality

Author
Assad Mohammed Saif D.Min.
Abstract
Hospitality is fundamental to human spiritual growth. Jesus knew this. Therefore, Jesus spent much time seeking to encounter people in the spaces they naturally congregated in. God sent Jesus to come from heaven to earth to show people the incarnate God and his desire to welcome them into his family. More specifically, God sent Jesus to a specific culture in the world where he believed the message of God’s love could be viewed through the lens of hospitality. By using a grounded theory approach, the researcher set out to discover the methods by which hospitality is impacted within the video church model of Sunday morning church worship services. The researcher identified 12 key hospitable qualities necessary for the development of a culture of hospitality in church services. The researcher identified seven principles of healthy hospitality and seven considerations toward sustaining healthy hospitality within the video venue church. The researcher identified how human spirituality benefits from acts of hospitality by specifically studying the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 and the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. The researcher identified and analyzed data gathered from interviews with Senior church leaders, volunteers in video churches and small group leaders who attend video church services. This data was collected in order to help the researcher discover the effect of hospitality and how the lack thereof affects spiritual growth in the video church model. The researcher identified both the key qualities of hospitality which contribute toward healthy spiritual growth in video church services and the types of video church services that help to produce these qualities in Christ followers.

Rolling Away the Stone: Toward Wholeness and Holiness for Queer Catholics

Author
Ryan J. Hoffmann D.Min.
Abstract
In what ways are the praxes of queer Catholics cultivating affirming approaches to wholeness and holiness? How is DignityUSA, a national nonprofit LGBTQI advocacy organization in the United States, testifying to more inclusive and just expressions of church?

This thesis-project explores best practices of hospitality among DignityUSA chapters and examines ways in which it contributes to LGBTQ wholeness and holiness. Queer Catholic experience, Catholicism, and relevant fields of science serve as dialogue partners. The project asserts points of clarification and identifies six pathways forward for LGBTQ Catholics and the Roman Catholic Church.

The project suggests that radical hospitality serves as an integrative catalyst behind which LGBTQ Catholics more authentically and confidently appropriate their rightful place in the Catholic Church.

Transformative hospitality : a guide to welcome the persons with mental health issues in the local church

Author
Millie L. Kim
Abstract
After the closure of the Northwestern Hospital, Rome (GA) has borne the brunt of care for the mentally ill. The author assessed the needs of Second Avenue UMC by interviewing its members and the mentally ill. She took on the task of studying mental health issues, and how the church can be a part of multidimensional support for them. The author preached, led workshops, and hosted community events to bring awareness and solicit support. She created vision of transformative hospitality and protocols to help the church welcome and include persons with mental health issues in the life of the church.

[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.]

A study for the hospitality of the new-church-comers and for their settle down : project for new family of Cheorwon Sung-Eun Church

Author
Yong Eun Jung
Abstract
The author carried out a six-week project regarding welcoming newcomers of Sung-eun Church and their settlement in the church. The first half of this thesis contains studies on the biblical hospitality based on researches of other theologists and suggests a theology of “Love Crossing Hospitality” the author came up with after the studies. In addition, the latter half of this thesis contains details regarding New Family Project, the six-week project regarding welcoming newcomers and their settlement. Conducting this project, the whole church has been prepared for welcoming upcoming newcomers and supporting their settlement in the church.

[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.]

"Lessons of Hospitality in the Parables of Jesus: Inspiring a Congregation to Transform Its Ways of Loving and Serving Neighbors"

Author
Joan Warren Gandy D.Min.
Abstract
This project proposes that lessons of hospitality in the parables of Jesus can inspire a congregation to transform its ways of loving and serving neighbors. The congregation took part in an eight-week study with multiple opportunities to engage the parables each week. Research methods included ethnographic practices of listening, observing, and reading historical documents; written surveys to gauge how participants viewed congregational hospitality and service to neighbors before and after the study; and practical theological methods such as reflection/action and the four tasks of practical theological interpretation. The research discloses the power of parables to stir hearts for neighborhood mission.

Making Room: Conversations About Race and Faith Between Members of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC and St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC

Author
Martha Dixon Kearse
Abstract
In this project, the candidate recorded personal stories from members of two different Baptist congregations: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (a church made up predominantly of members identifying as African-American) and St. John’s Baptist Church (a church made up predominantly of members identifying as Caucasian). Using those recordings, the candidate created a podcast called “Making Room,” and invited participating group members to listen to each other’s stories. In addition, the candidate invited these same group members to participate in conversations about issues of race, especially as they present themselves in Charlotte, NC. The candidate and group members challenged themselves with the biblical ethic of hospitality and explored conversations about how each individual might help to improve relationships between African-Americans and Caucasian Americans using that Christian ethic.

Enriching Christian Hospitality at Malaby's Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church in Knightdale, North Carolina

Author
Barbara Starr Barner
Abstract
Hospitality is the welcoming of strangers, family, and friends. In the early biblical and historical traditions, hospitality focused on welcoming the alien and extending resources to them. Hospitality, however, need not be limited to the basic physical needs of the stranger, but spiritual needs are to be addressed as well. In the reflection of Jesus’ work on the cross, Christian hospitality should be the intentional, responsible, and caring act of welcoming or visiting strangers, enemies, the distressed, downtrodden, without regard for reciprocation. The goal of this project was to enhance Malaby’s Christian hospitality culture and take our personal interactions to a higher spiritual level, thereby, nurturing, caring, and maturing the body of Christ. The ultimate goal of this study was to have this work be an available tool to address similar church congregations that need to create or enhance a positive culture of Christian hospitality.

Alien, orphan, enemy: religious accommodation for non-theists in the United States Navy

Author
Jeffrey C Quinn
Abstract
This project researched a process to motivate and equip Navy chaplains to appreciate the nature of non-theist worldviews and to proactively accommodate these preferences in their practice of professional naval chaplaincy. Non-theism (an umbrella term encompassing atheism, agnosticism, and humanism) was examined through historical, constitutional, legal, and demographic lenses to establish its status as a religious life-stance. Spiritual hospitality and an interpretive frame for interfaith dialogue provided a means of increasing chaplains' religious accommodation for non-theists. Pre-test and post-test evaluations measured the effectiveness of training in dialogue as a means of enacting hospitality toward the vulnerable other.

From hospitality to reconciliation: a way to move forward in dialog among Jewish, Muslim and Christian people

Author
Keith L Marsden
Abstract
The author tested the thesis that, through dialog with people of the three faith traditions of Abraham, the meta-value of hospitality allows for the emergence of hope, the practice of humility, and the application of wisdom, providing a way to increased reconciliation in an interfaith setting that increases understanding and helps reduce destructive conflict. The method for study was based on group dynamics process, psychological principles of active listening, and group session analysis. Through dialog groups, it was found that destructive conflict and clash can be averted while promoting increased respect of self and others.

Equipping selected leaders at Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, with Biblical hospitality practices

Author
George Ross D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders at Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, with biblical hospitality practices. The project director will utilize the equipping model described in the current New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Project in Ministry Design Handbook. Additional purposes of this project were to develop and accomplish project goals and professional goals to strengthen the project director’s curriculum development and professional leadership. The project director researched a wide range of sources to gain fundamental knowledge of biblical hospitality. The project director will use the information to develop a curriculum that can be used by Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, as well as other churches, church planting and replanting networks, North American Mission Board (NAMB), and denominations wishing to implement discipleship programs.
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