Interpersonal relations

When prophets speak to kings: Air Force chaplains and the praxis of leadership advisement

Author
Glen E. Harris Jr.
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand how Air Force chaplains advise superior military leaders on religious and ethical matters. Specifically, the qualitative research addressed what informs Air Force chaplains’ understanding of leadership, what Air Force chaplains do as they advise military leaders, what challenges are faced by Air Force chaplains in advising leaders, and how Air Force chaplains evaluate their own effectiveness in advising military leaders.
The findings were, first, that Air Force chaplains develop their understanding of leadership advisement primarily through experience. Some rely on the theological concepts of pastoral identity to buttress their experience, but years of trial and error in the core capability is the dominant path. Furthermore, chaplains rely on a nexus of communication and collaboration with the senior leaders they advise. And they adopt an approach inclusive of both data and relationship, with the latter being paramount. They also see spiritual care and leadership advisement as being two closely interrelated acts of pastoral ministry. Next, the challenges that Air Force chaplains face in advisement involve primarily power differentials and information fidelity. Finally, chaplains evaluate their effectiveness in leadership advisement in terms of building healthy organizational climates and building trust with senior leaders, even while struggling with questions of ineffectiveness and self-doubt.
The study provided three primary conclusions. First, chaplains would benefit from scenario-based coursework early in their careers to jettison the trend of experience-only development in advising leaders. Second, integrating emotional intelligence into the corporate ethos of the Air Force Chaplain Corps synergizes future success in leadership advisement by giving chaplains the boldness and courage to wield a pastoral and yet prophetic voice. Third, for a chaplain to lead a senior leader with advisement that is both on target and on time, they must first be skilled followers or “second chair leaders”.

Mutuality: in God's image : a study of women and men in a ministerial context

Author
Marci Anne Madary
Abstract
Mutuality: In God's image studied how women and men minister together. In contrast to the Roman Catholic Church's teaching of complementarity--which designates gender-assigned gifts--the synergistic dynamic of mutuality was examined through philosophical, ethical, and anthropological lenses. Three contemporary pairs were interviewed, and three historical pairs were studied, specifically Francis and Clare of Assisi, Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. The researcher found that mutuality between women and men is a benefit for the church and the common good because it allows a fuller expression of the Reign of God to be experienced.

"Why Are People Hungry?"

Author
Kenneth W Cox
Abstract
This project paper seeks to answer the question,"Why are people hungry?" through a deeper biblical understanding of bread and hunger. It outlines a replicable process which identified local causes of hunger through a series of interviews and coaching with local food pantry participants. These participants were then connected with available community resources that could help alleviate their cause of hunger leading to transformed lives. The process was replicated or considered at different levels in five additional local church settings. The results revealed that relationships formed between the volunteers and participants was the most transformative aspect of this project.

A Model for Fostering Relational Growth by Using Appreciative Inquiry at New Life Adventist Church in Oshawa, Ontario

Author
Frank Dell'Erba
Abstract
This project introduced the Appreciative Inquiry process to the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oshawa for the purpose of fostering positive change towards increased loving relationships with one another. The objective was to deepen relationships and create a more united vision in Christ in a hard-working church that was very focused on tasks and programs but where growth had been limited. Through the use of the Appreciative Inquiry process that was evidence of some positive change towards increased loving relationships and provocative proposals were implemented since the end of the project.

African American Singles Knowlege, Attitudes and Action Regarding Sexuality at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

Author
Leah C Lewis
Abstract
This project discovered the knowledge, attitudes and actions of African American singles regarding sexual morality at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Their knowledge, attitudes and action regarding sexual morality were assessed using a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire completed by thirty-two adult members of Olivet's Singles' Fellowship. The major finding according to the data revealed that singles are most concerned with the quality of relationships versus sex acts per se and whether those relationships are pleasing in God's sight. The results show that the participants had the greatest aversion toward adultery, fornication, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and bisexuality.

BULLYING AND ITS EFFECTS ON IMAGES OF GOD FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS

Author
KENNETH BLYTH
Abstract
A phenomenological research methodology is utilized. Three adolescent girls were interviewed using an in-depth semi-structured approach. Bullying is examined from a behavioral science perspective; particularly addressing how suffering manifests in social and family relationships, and as mental health problems. A theological examination of suffering engages the thought of Jürgen Moltmann and Elie Wiesel. Likewise, suffering is examined using the biblical concept of shalom. Several dichotomies and insoluble problems, along with psychological effects including internalization, social isolation, reinvention of self, etc., is described. The resilience of the interview subjects, and the image of God as ever-present, supportive and strengthening is revealed.

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Author
James Foo
Abstract
The purpose of this qualitative study is to identify the factors that contribute to satisfaction in remarried relationships. This study was conducted utilizing that qualitative research methodology of the ethnographic interview. Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and the Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory provided scales to measure marital interaction processes and marital satisfaction. The objective of this study was to understand the experiences of those couples in long-term remarriages and the demonstrations of satisfaction as related to marriage relationship. The construct of the research study is that of a phenomenological qualitative design.

Resolving feelings of powerlessness

Author
Michael D Jaques
Abstract
The question that this project in ministry sought to answer was "How do Army Chaplains resolve their feelings of powerlessness when they are unable to help a deployed soldier meet a specific need?" The method used in this study was grounded theory. The results show that chaplains go through a transformation and become new people. The changes that occur are categorized by five marks. These marks include: increased humility, improved pastoral identity, recognizing their finiteness, valuing their contributions, and finding strengths in weakness. The way that this transformation occurs is largely through relationship.

Advocacy for a biblical and communication based interpersonal competency course for seminary education

Author
Philip H Frazier
Abstract
Seminary communication education is deficient in teaching interpersonal, face to face, communicaiton. Quantitative analysis of communication courses from 59 seminaries found 569 persuasion based preaching and evangelism courses and only 14 interpersonal communication courses. Using six established interpersonal Communication Competencies and the Narrative Paradigm of Walter Fisher, the Prologue, and dialogues of Jesus in Chapters 9, 13 and 21 of the Gospel of John were analyzed. Interpersonal Competence and Narrative Coherence and Fidelity were established. A focus group of Master of Communication graduates demonstrated the efficacy and impact of an Interpersonal Masters course in personal and work settings.
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