Missions--Theory

HOLY LISTENING: CREATING NEW PRACTICES OF MISSION BY EXTENDING PASTORAL CARE BEYOND THE WALLS OF THE CHURCH

Author
Caitlin Thomas Deyerle D.Min.
Abstract
With a goal of developing a new practice of mission to address the disconnect between a congregation and its surrounding community and engage the historical and ongoing limitations of mission practices, this project sought to engage the skills of pastoral care to create a relational focused practice of holy listening. A five-week Lenten Listening program was developed to cultivate this practice and use it to create a deeper partnership with local educators. The evaluation methods used were a survey of the congregational participants before and after the program, and in-person interviews with the educators following the program. The project addresses racial and socioeconomic differences between church and community as a primary barrier to mission partnership.

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.

Parking Lot Evangelism

Author
Jarrell P Jones
Abstract
The thesis of the Parking Lot Evangelism project was that if committed Christians can competently present the gospel, address urgently felt needs of unsaved neighbors, and cultivate loving relationships with them, then it is likely they will communicate the gospel to them. The project involved recruiting a team, training the team in evangelism, identifying and meeting community needs, building relationships with unsaved persons in the church's neighborhood, and presenting the gospel as opporunity arose. By the conclusion of the project, the team members had met many needs, built significant relationships, and shared the gospel with persons who needed to hear it.

Cultivating missional leadership through adapting the class meetings (centered on the Jeju JungAng Korean Methodist Church)

Author
Lewis A Parks
Abstract
Jeju JungAng Korean Methodist Church confronted with the challenges in the transformation of the church related to rapid changes of society. These challenges created many conflicts within the congregation. In order to solve the problem at hand, the author researched the implications of missional ecclesiology for leadership through adapting the Wesleyan class meetings. The author formed and led a six weeks "Class Leadership Training (CLT)" for the leadership that rose up in them would be able to move the entire congregation toward a more a missional response to its changing context. The author conducted surveys before and after CLT for understanding how the CLT helped the leadership change their mind.

How to apply missional church in urban context of South Korea

Author
Sung Woong Lee
Abstract
The Precious People Church is a missional local church in the Seoul context. This paper examines the missional mindset of the Precious People Church. This research project is a case study that focuses on their homeless ministry, the primary ministry of the church.

Missional preaching: the role and work to mobilize a church to a place of missional engagement

Author
Charles B Kuthe
Abstract
Mission Preaching serves as a philosophy that governs an approach to church health. The basis for the research project was to both qualitatively and quantitatively discover if preaching has a measurable impact on a congregation's engagement in missions. The researcher conducted a presurvey and two postsurveys in conjunction with an eight week preaching series on "God's Heart for the World" to identify the impact of preaching on the church's existing involvement in missions. The conclusion showed a substantial increase in missional engagement after the sermon series was completed.

The Altar Call in the Church Today

Author
Gerald B Krupp
Abstract
From Genesis to Revelation the Bible issues a consistent invitation to humanity to respond to the call of God on their lives. These moments we might call altar moments. During the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries these moments were put into a strategy of evangelism. Revivalists and crusade evangelists, during this period, used the invitation to an altar of prayer as a way to solidify new found faith. During the Twenty-first Century, the altar call has fallen into disuse. This project was designed to take a fresh look at the altar call to consider how it might be used in the church today.

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.

The strategy for Taiwanese immigrant church in North America: the family of love for foreigners and strangers

Author
Hsu Li-Chi
Abstract
For an immigrant church, a good shepherd strategy includes the theory of healthy church, Bible verses to explore immigrants, and Diaspora Missiology. Among them, I would like to highlight the following areas: 1. Love and unity of the family; 2. The mission and vision of the church; 3. Serving church according to spiritual gifts; 4. Discipleship training; 5. Prayer and spiritual warfare; 6. Holistic healing and spiritual restoration; and, 7. The receptive ministry for immigrants.

Case studies of diaspora missiology: ethnographic studies of mission ministries of diaspora Chinese churches in North America

Author
Wenhui Gong
Abstract
Diaspora missiology is a newly developed contemporary strategy in response to the recent demographic reality of diaspora globally. Following the pattern of four approaches in diaspora missiology: missions to the diaspora, missions through the diaspora, missions by/beyond the diaspora, and missions with the diaspora, both quantitative and qualitative data of the three selected North American congregations in mission ministries had been collected by a combination of multiple approaches. The analysis of data collected led to the conclusion that a key to the success of mission ministries is visionary church leadership that can systematically motivate and strategically mobilize the entire congregation to participate in the Great Commission.
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