Ministry

Prophetic Preaching to Foster Intergenerational Relationships in the Congregation

Author
James Alvin Jamison D.Min.
Abstract
Declining church attendance is a problem, locally and nationally, for many pastors and congregations. This decline is causing many pastors and churches to have concerns about the future survival of their ministries. There are many reasons given by church statisticians and church growth gurus for this decline. One of the problems can be traced to the generational divide that exists in many congregations between the seniors and those of younger age groups. This thesis offers strategies to use prophetic preaching as a tool to bridge the generation gap. The preacher has to be willing to be intentionally intergenerational in their approach to ministry and in the preparation and delivery of sermons. To do so, the preacher must craft sermons that include all generations so that the listening community becomes a church for all generations.

Using Social Media Effectively in Minstry

Author
Robert A Peterson D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis is titled, "Using Social Media Effectively in Ministry." The researcher taught participants to introduce focus into their use of social media by applying the wisdom of Proverbs and making a correlation to social media. Participants helped form a set of guidelines to focus and inform their online behavior. Comments from participants were studied by the researcher and qualitative analysis was conducted in order to see if participants were affected in a positive way. The research demonstrates participants were affected in a positive way. Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc has established a firm place in church life. According to a study conducted by the Barna group, Facebook usage by people in churches has jumped from just over half (57%) to a full seven in tne in the past two years.

Attitudes Toward African American Female Clergy in the C.M.E. Church

Author
Sheree L Winn
Abstract
Attitudes Toward African American Female Clergy in the C.M.E. Church by Sheree L. Winn (Ashland Theological Seminary)
This project was to discover how the attitudes of the members of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church toward African American female clergy affect their positions in leading first churches (major charges or large congregations) and serving as Presiding Elders and Bishops. There were thirty-three (330 participants who completed a 5-point Likert scale survey in January 2018 at a pastor's conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The results of revealed: some attitudes prevent it, disbelief that sexism exists and congregants resist African American female clergy in leadership positions.

Empowering the Church to Promote Hope and Healing to Those Suffering from Addiction

Author
Donna Seay D.Min.
Abstract
Addiction continues to be on the rise in the United States and affects both individuals and families who suffer from this disease. “Empowering The Church To Promote Hope and Healing to Those Suffering From Addiction” was designed to educate, equip, and empower members of the church to journey with those who suffer from addiction. The four-week curriculum was based on the four functions of Pastoral Care which are healing, guiding, sustaining, and reconciliation. The project utilized a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the results. Participants were provided theological and biblical foundations for the four functions of pastoral care.

Gift of Self- A New Way: To what extent does perception of St. Peter Julian Eymard's practical theology contribute to the Congregation and Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament?

Author
Darren Maslen, SSS Rev. Fr. D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis-project explores the capacity and practice of St. Peter Julian Eymard to place the transforming activity of God into dialogue with human experience and action. It is, therefore, chiefly a study of the practical theology of this French priest (1811- 1868), often designated by the Roman Catholic Church as the 'Apostle of the Eucharist', through the lens of the notion of gift of self as transmitted by him.

The current priority given by the Eucharistic religious congregations, and lay aggregation Eymard founded to pursue investigation and study into the significance of gift of self for both him and his constituency within Church and society, gives relevance to the thesis-project at this time.

Through qualitative research, this study suggests and proposes what gift of self looks like in the understanding of members of the Congregation and Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament, in light of the experience of undertaking faith and apostolate practices. Primarily, the thesis-project attempts to envision credible future ministry, mission and apostolate initiatives built upon the centrality of self-giving in St. Peter Julian’s expressed teaching and reflecting, sourced from the corpus of his written autographs.

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.

Co-working Ministry in and with Christ

Author
Jennifer Parks-Snyder
Abstract
The mid-size church faces various challenges, especially when they have grown from a smaller congregation in a matter of a few years. Using leadership and congregational surveys, along with theological and congregational development techniques, this project will lead the reader to recognize the valuable tool of co-working ministry between laity and pastors. The Apostle Paul developed this form of ministry, and today's churches of all sizes can certainly benefit from his example.

Creating a process to change the culture of small group ministry form inward to focus to outward focusat Eagle Ridge Church

Author
Steven M Lennerts
Abstract
This project was an attempt to create a process by which a small group ministry engaged in meeting felt needs in the community, outside of the context of their respective small groups. After completing a six-week teaching series, the groups engaged in doing a missions project. Meeting a felt need in the missions project allowed them to minister to the recipeints of the project through prayer, encouragement, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. The purpose for the project was to teach believers how to reach the world with Christ's love beyond the walls of the church.

The discovery of journeying with others in pastoral care after formational prayer training

Author
Alesia M Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what extent formational prayer training was being integrated into the pastoral care skills of a select group of ministry leaders. The design of the project included a quantitative and qualitative survey that assessed the level to which integration was executed. Upon completion of analyzing the data, success with integration of the protocols was revealed, with goal six being most prominent -- the participants understanding the purpose of training in formational prayer. The participants shared their level of positive impact as well as some of the challenges with the model of care.

The discovery of journeying with others in pastoral care after formational prayer training

Author
Alesia M Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what extent formational prayer training was being integrated into the pastoral care skills of a select group of ministry leaders. The design of the project included a quantitative and qualitative survey that assessed the level to which integration was executed. Upon completion of analyzing the data, success with integration of the protocols was revealed, with goal six being most prominent--the participants understanding the purpose of training in formational prayer. The participants shared their level of positive impact as well as some of the challenges with the model of care.
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