Missions--Methods

Disciple-making: Key Ingredients for Building God’s Kingdom

Author
Sidney Wes Emory Sr D.Min.
Abstract
The first century Church was founded in response to the disciple-making processes of Jesus. His disciples were transformed by following Jesus in a way that obedience, transformation, community, education, worship, and the expansion of God’s kingdom became the central themes of their lives.
This study addressed the need to understand the disciple-making process found in Scripture in a way that will yield the results that are found in the Book of Acts primarily those found in Acts 2:42-47.
Christian churches of every denomination, tradition, model, and size have been called to make disciples. The Scripture, literature, interviews, and surveys researched in this project were designed to discover transferrable suggestions that could focus all believers on the results of following the plans of God to build his kingdom using the process of disciple-making.
The results of the project revealed that the key to building the kingdom of God is found in the practices and plans of the ultimate disciple-maker, Jesus. It recommends having the correct mindset in of making disciples a part of everyday life, creating a deeper understanding of the worship of God, living relationally connected to other people in a process of becoming more like Christ, and focusing on God first in everyday life

A CONTEXTUAL AND CULTURAL ADULT EDUCATION MODEL FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE ARAB MIDDLE EAST

Author
Joseph Nehemiah D.Min.
Abstract
With the growth of the church in North Africa comes the need to train pastors and leaders. This project defines a biblically-rooted, contextually- and culturally-appropriate framework for training believers from Muslim background (BMB) leaders in an Arab context. The framework uses adult education (andragogy) principles from Bloom, Knowles, and Kolb that contribute to deep learning. Principles are evaluated using Hofstede's Arabic cluster cultural dimensions (Power Distance Index, Uncertainty Avoidance Index, Collectivism) and GLOBE leadership traits. This project defines cultural and contextual educational principles that put the design and implementation of developing and training leaders into the hands of BMB leaders.

The author believes it is important to hear from local leaders. The coalescence of cultural educational principles with the practical experience of local leaders allows for a practical educational framework. North African leaders were interviewed to discover how God developed them as leaders. The results reveal the importance of character, teaching, practical experience, and community with a mentor playing a significant role. The author suggests cultural and contextual principles and models to deliver training in non-traditional and non-formal ways.

DEVELOPING AN EPHESUS CATALYTIC PARTNERSHIP AS A NEW WAY TO PLANT REPRODUCING CHURCHES IN MEGAMETRO, USA AND BEYOND

Author
D.E. Heidenreich D.Min.
Abstract
MegaMetro (pseudonym) is a major metropolitan area in the United States, a world-class city where commerce, education and tourism flourish. It is also home to several historic and renowned Christian ministries. At the same time, however, MegaMetro is home to a dispersed and diverse group of an estimated 500,000 Muslims of which the church has largely left unengaged. In fact, there is no Muslim background believer church in the area. While many other cities in the United States have Iranian churches, MegaMetro has none.

Meanwhile, exciting reports of Church Planting Movements (CPMs) have sprung up around the world, especially among Muslim populations. Missionaries and other believers active in some of these movements have formed Ephesus Teams as multi-organizational, collaborative partnerships to create synergy and maintain momentum.

This project was initiated as an investigative study to learn more about these Ephesus Teams and to apply the learning to MegaMetro. The research done was qualitative, through the use of Interview Protocols. Six Ephesus Teams were studied through in-depth interviews with eleven key leaders. At the same time, a study was also made of workers ministering among Muslims in MegaMetro through thirteen face-to-face interviews.

The research found that while the Ephesus Teams are seeing significant fruit in several difficult places around the world, workers in MegaMetro are largely frustrated. The project concludes with a strategic plan which seeks to implement some of the best practices of the Ephesus Teams into the context of Muslim ministry in MegaMetro.

USING SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS IN THE U.S. TO ENGAGE UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

Author
Fayez Ayoub D.Min.
Abstract
This project considered using short term missions to try to engage unreached people groups in large U.S. cities. The presence of UPGs in the U.S. creates an opportunity for a “bridge” to make it easier for both the U.S. church to engage the UPGs and vice versa. I engaged with a partner who is working with a population of Afghans in a large U.S city, by implementing two STM trips with our church. To evaluate the project, I used a qualitative approach by using personal observations, semi-structured post-trip interviews with the partner, and a focus group with the trip participants.

Toward maturity: the journey of the C & MA mission and the Église Protestante Évangélique in Guinea

Author
Daniel Ibsen
Abstract
This project presents the events and factors that contributed to the development, maturation and indigenization of the Église Protestante Évangélique de Guinée (EPEG) resulting from the effort of the Christian & Missionary Alliance misison in Guinea, West Africa. The researcher presents a historical case study in which he examined biblical, theological and missiological foundations for indigenous church planting. He then presented the historical narrative of the Christian & Missionary Alliance work in Guinea from 1918 to 2005. Elements that contributed to the indigenous expression of the developing church included: vision and intentionality, sacrifice and commitment, godly lifestyle, identification with nationals, commitment to leadership development, unity among diverse tribal groups, and external political and social influences.

Mission possible: a high school mission trip that can involve, benefit, and disciple the entire congregation

Author
Paul W Anderson
Abstract
Service to Christ in this world is paramount to our faith life. An annual mission trip is one way for the entire congregation, participants and the support of members, to live for and focus on Christ. The process the author used to determine if the above statement was true was the implementation of a mission trip. He used quantitative research, primarily a survey with open-ended questions that discovered that both participants and the larger congregation did, in various ways, experience growth in their relationship to Christ determining that a mission trip can disciple a congregation on its faith journey.

Methods and practices of evangelism and discipleship among Hindu communities in Malabar

Author
Vannadil Purayil Kumar
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to critically examine approaches to the methods and practices of evangelism among Hindu communities in Malabar, Kerala, India. This paper will examine the challenges the church currently faces in reaching out to Hindu background believers (HBBs) and suggest means through which the church can improve its efforts at evangelization, by taking greater note of the Hindu religious milieu and exercising greater cultural sensitivity. It will examine how the problem of differing social norms that have emerged between Hindus and Christians can be overcome and how certain tenets of Hinduism can be adopted as a way of accurately conveying the gospel while others will have to be revised or discarded for evangelism to be effective. The wider context of evangelism in Malabar is studied through a literature review, visits to the area and interviews with those who are in active ministry in Malabar. The author used a questionnaire to gain information from HBBs in Malabar. This study identifies the reasons for Hindus' resistance to the gospel and highlights the importance of discipling HBBs to become pivotal forces for change in the Hindu community.

Homiletics workshop for Romanian lay ministers preaching in national and international mission context

Author
Paunel Muresan
Abstract
Homiletics Workshop for Romanian Lay Ministers Preaching in National and International Mission Context was written as a resource for training lay and ordained preachers in Romania to advance the gospel of Christ through powerful, clear and efficient preaching. In the process of writing this thesis the author was challenged to select the best resources that will serve the needs of the Romanian preachers. The author conducted interviews in Romania. He also used electronic means to gather the information needed for the writing of this document. The author is confident that this thesis will become a useful tool on instruction for present and future Romanian preachers.

To the poor I became poor: generational poverty in the mission of the church

Author
Kyle A Bushre
Abstract
To remain faithful to the mission Jesus gave to the church when working among the poor, the church must center its compassion ministries on the spiritual need behind each presenting physical need and also prepare itself to enter into the complex culture of poverty. This project offers an approach to compassion ministries that is firmly rooted in the disciple-making mission of the church. The project centers around an eight-week missions training curriculum designed to equip middle class Christians with the tools to know, befriend, love, and do ministry with people from the culture of generational poverty.

A social media strategy to engage the unreached and unengaged people groups of the Arabian Peninsula and Levant Cluster of the North Africa and Middle East Affinity Group

Author
Ty P Grisham
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a social media strategy to engage the unreached and unengaged people groups of the Arabian Peninsula and Levant Cluster of the North Africa and Middle East Affinity Group of the International Mission Board. The project director explored the area of social media in order to discover the best approaches to engage unreached people groups through social media. Two professional goals assisted the project director to create the social media strategy. First, the project directer increased his knowledge of the unreached and unengaged peoples in the cluster. Second, the project director increased his social media technology skills. A small group of missionaries from the Arabian Peninsula & Levant Cluster gave assistance to the project director in formulating the strategy. The project director then presented the strategy to the Cluster Strategy Leader. The project director utilized expert evaluators to examine the project and professional goals.
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