Parent and child--Religious aspects

EQUIPPING PARENTS TO TEACH APOLOGETICS TO THEIR ELEMENTARY-AGE CHILDREN AT BROADMOOR BAPTIST CHURCH IN SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA

Author
Jarred Pellegrin D.Min.
Abstract
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,” 1 Timothy 4:1. This is a clear warning that the enemy is working to deceive and cause people in the church to fall away. What if the church could better equip the laity to address the areas often used for the deceptive purposes talked about in this verse? This dissertation addresses the issue of people walking away from the church, particularly people who have grown up in the church and walked away after high school. I argue that in order to keep these individuals from walking away from their faith, they need to be equipped to better understand and rationally defend that faith through apologetic training. While other projects have had a similar goal and targeted teens, this project is targeted at parents with a goal of equipping them with the tools necessary to teach core apologetic concepts to their early elementary age students. This dissertation seeks to lay a foundation on which to build an apologetic and instill a Christocentric world view into students at the earliest possible age. Then the desire is for the parents to partner with the church to build a strong structure of apologetics and understanding well before they would be tempted to walk away from their faith.

The Role of the Family-Equipping Model in Church Planting and Replanting Training for the Calvary Family of Churches in Englewood, CO

Author
Franklin Samuel Trimble D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
This project focuses on the combined efforts of the family ministry movement and the replanting movement in equipping current and future planters and replanters in family ministry. In the project, the reader will be given biblical, theological, historical, and ecclesiological examples of what a healthy family ministry can look like. This project is meant to encourage and equip future and current ministers, especially those with few resources, as they seek to develop a healthy family ministry culture in their contexts. Churches can see healthy family ministry established in their midst regardless of the number of resources at their disposal.
Throughout the project, the reader is given biblical instruction regarding the primacy of parental discipleship in relation to the biblical instruction of children. This primacy is made even more specific when the project addresses the role of the husband and father in the home-discipleship process. The project then looks to Hebrews 3 & 10 to address the need for all ages of the church to meet regularly. Once the biblical and theological groundwork has been laid, the project then moves into a section in which the history of modern youth ministry is examined in contrast with the historical precedent of family worship. Ecclesiological matters are then discussed in detail such as the importance of intentionally limiting church calendars and the need for a plurality of elders that can lead a congregation in meaningful membership which then leads to accountable shepherding.

Christian nurture through infant [school] : Sanggye Gwanglim Church 'Agi Hakyo' project

Author
Byunghoon Kwon
Abstract
"Korean society is now facing a population cliff due to a severe low birth rate. The decrease in infants naturally leads to a decrease in the number of Christian children. The purpose of this paper is to look specifically at how faith is formed through infant school. It is also hoped that parents who have been estranged from their faith through infant school. The conclusion from the project is that the impact of religious education on infant growth has on psychological and social development as well. Also parents who had been separated from the church became member of the church again.." -- Leaf [2].

DEVELOPING AND EVALUATING A BIBLICAL PARENTING RESOURCE IN MEDIA MINISTRY

Author
Steven Koster D.Min.
Abstract
Media ministry publishes gospel content on paper, on the air, and online, but few robust feedback systems are in place to measure the spiritual impact of gospel broadcasts. This study articulated a theoretical foundation of a biblical theology and review of pastoral practices on children and parenting, published a resource on biblical parenting for distribution through the Internet, and then asked the audience for feedback.

The resource was rooted in a study of how the Bible regards both children and the task of parenting. The study also explored models of faith formation, pastoral parenting best practices, and a review of the religious landscape of contemporary youth. A 93-page electronic booklet (PDF) called “A Handbook of Biblical Parenting” was developed and shared with over a thousand people online, who were then invited via email to complete an online questionnaire.

The response rate was less than 2%, yet the audience was demographically in line with the expected audience. Most respondents were actively parenting young children, expressed an improvement in their parenting confidence, and found the resource practical, using its ideas several times. Most considered faith important to their parenting and found the resource to be encouraging, biblical, and educational. Most consumed the PDF deeply, even though most used a handheld mobile device. A repeated use of this prototype process would require a greater response rate to be consistently useful. Formatting for a small screen would be wise. The questions would require adaptation for other topics. Alternatively, a shorter version of the questionnaire could focus the inquiry more directly on gathering actionable information.

Research on the change of parents' attitude toward child-rearing through faith community

Author
Sunhee Lee
Abstract
This project explored the change of parents’ attitude toward child-rearing through the faith community. For this goal, I created and developed a curriculum in which parents are educated through five factors in the faith community: Koinonia, Didache, Leiturgia, Kerygma, and Diaconia. The analysis of the survey on parent education demonstrates that parents can change their rearing attitude for children through parents’ education conducted in the faith community. The five factors that only the faith community has can have positive effects on both parents’ faith and parents’ attitude toward child-rearing. Furthermore, this project proved that education for parents in the faith community can have positive effects on people outside of the church who don’t have faith.

[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.]

Developing Parental Leadership through Biblical Love as Expressed in Presence, Communication, and Discipline in the Homes at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Shelby, North Carolina

Author
M. Lamont Littlejohn Jr.
Abstract
A Christian education curriculum was established at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina, to develop parental leadership centered on biblical love. The goal was to train parents to model biblical love in their homes. Relying upon scripture affirming parental leadership in the home, parents were enlisted and participated in a six-week study. Surveys measured experience, involvement, practice, and understanding of biblical knowledge. There was no significant statistical difference between the control group and focus group quantitatively; however, the focus group was also assessed qualitatively by means of theological reflection, presence, communication, and discipline application activities. Final reviews indicated that biblical love is a crucial component in developing parental leadership when understood and practiced. Participants in both groups recommend this curriculum be expanded and integrated as a part of the Christian education ministry of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

Awana Together: Empowering Parents as Spiritual Mentors for Their Children

Author
Sara-Jane Heacox Sosa D.Min.
Abstract
The post-Christian culture in the United States presents a significant challenge to the spiritual growth of adults and children. At Plymouth Covenant Church, ministry leaders recognized that young parents often lacked a biblical foundation. Many did not feel competent to lead their children spiritually. These parents needed a vibrant personal faith as well as good role models. As a result, ministry leaders designed a more effective way to empower parents as spiritual mentors for their children. They created a new ministry that would provide personal faith development for parents, a supportive faith community, family-focused programming, and solid biblical teaching. This new ministry was a family version of Awana that they called Awana Together.

The problem that this project addressed was the need for a family ministry model at Plymouth Covenant Church that fostered a partnership between the church and families that empowered parents as spiritual mentors for their children. It used an intrinsic case study approach to evaluate Plymouth Covenant’s unique ministry, Awana Together, to determine if it provided a pathway for a better partnership between the home and the church in empowering parents as spiritual mentors. The research included evaluations of biblical passages and current scholarship, surveys of past and present Awana Together participants, focus group discussions with ministry leaders, and in-depth questionnaire responses from three different families. The research revealed that Awana Together was successfully designed to meet the goal of empowering parents as spiritual mentors for their children.

Building Christian Family: From Understanding to Practice

Author
So Ying Chu D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis mainly explores believers' understanding and practices of establishing a Christian family. It also attempts to understand the real needs of believers’ family as well as to provide strategies for developing family ministry. Hopefully it will be used by churches as a reference for evaluating the needs of their own church congregation and using appropriate strategies in response to the problems. The solution to the faith-related problems faced by modern Christian families is to have the family move towards an authentic Christian life, so that they can overcome the challenge and become a witness for the glory of God.

Training a Select Group of Parents at Tiburon Baptist Church to Nurture Spiritually Their Children toward an Active Relationship with Jesus Christ

Author
Bruce Butler
Abstract
God's design for spiritual development begins at birth and is most deeply impacted during the early years by the child's relationship to his parents. God desires parents to influence their children toward an active relationship with Jesus Christ. In order to facilitate parental spiritual nurture, a program was developed to train a group of parents to spiritually influence children. God's vision for parenting was taught. Participants were trained to prepare and lead home devotions and to engage in teachable moments with their children. Participants successfully developed and practiced skills to become spiritual change agents to their children.

God-images of incest survivors: implications for pastoral psychotherapy

Author
Miriam C Resch
Abstract
This research project explores the God-images of five adult survivors of father-daughter incest. Undergirding this project are the psychological studies showing that children's representations of God are usually formed from internalized images of parents; these early images of God usually remain influential in a person's life. The research was conducted by means of individual interviews with both oral questions and printed word-pairs regarding the participants' parents and their current and childhood God-images. The data showed that the survivors' God-images generally did have characteristics similar to mothers. The data also showed that generally the more severe the incest and the earlier the onset, the more negative the God-image of the survivor. Other findings are noted, and implications for pastoral counseling are explored.
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