Psychology and religion

Cultivate Compassion through Affective Perspective Taking

Author
Weihua He D.Min.
Abstract
The hope of the researcher in the project was to help people cultivate compassion through affective perspective taking preconditioned by the practice of imaginative meditation on gospel accounts, the practice of the Jesus Prayer, and the practice of cognitive disputation technique. This research depended on the strategies for data analysis advised by grounded theory. The project did effectuate interpersonal and intrapersonal empathy. The problem studies was whether or not a program of affective perspective taking preconditioned by imaginative meditation, mindfulness practice, and cognitive disputation technique would effectuate the cultivation of compassion in the life of a group of dating or married Christians.

Empowering American Baptist Pastors of Pastoral-Size Churches to Develop Psychological and Theological Resilience in an Age of Disestablishment

Author
Michael Wayne Oldham D.Min.
Abstract
Mainline churches no longer enjoy the status of being the "established" religion in today's culture. The implications of this disestablishment have left churches and pastors feeling frustrated, powerless and often hopeless. This project is a case study of how a combination of video chats and incremental learning resources increased the psychological and theological resilience of American Baptist pastors who serve in pastoral-size churches. This study showed that this process was effective in helping pastors develop a renewed sense of hope and direction for their ministry and might be used in other mainline as well as evangelical denominations. This project will focus on the role of the pastor as the key leader in their church.

ADAPTERS: A Meta-Theoretical Conceptualization of Human Functioning and Therapeutic Intervention

Author
Gary W McDonald D.Min.
Abstract
Counselors utilizing eclectic and integrative approaches need a sound theoretical model on which to base their work. For the Christian counselor, this model must be biblically based as well as psychologically accurate. Although there are hundreds of models of psychotherapy, and many conceptualizations of integration, there exists a need for an overarching meta-theory to provide structure to these various approaches and guide effective interventions. The thesis was a theoretical development project. The author developed a comprehensive model of human functioning and therapeutic intervention that provides support for counselors utilizing eclectic or integrative approaches to therapy. The art and science of therapeutic intervention covers a wide spectrum of theory and practice.

That They May Have Life: The Congregation's Opportunity to Strengthen Resiliency and Foster Wholeness Amid Trauma in the Lives of Volunteer First Responders

Author
Jason Cashing D.Min.
Abstract
With every emergency, first responders are exposed to a degree of traumatic stress. This Secondary Traumatic Stress can sap the life and purpose from first responders, and the accumulation of unaddressed STS can lead to burnout, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and even suicide. The congregation, though practices of Sabbath and Lament, can offer pathways to help mitigate STS and strengthen resilience. Looking at the invitation to Abundant Life in John 10, the Church’s calling and the world’s need intersect, providing a framework and a language to help first responders and congregations alike realize the fullness of Life offered to all.

Building up the church through healing and restoration focusing on Koinonia, Diakonia and psychological studies

Author
Seong Kook Lee
Abstract
In this paper, the author proceeds the project with the question of a healthy Church community. In chapter 1, he approaches the biblical understanding of the image of God. In chapter 2, he studies the recovery of the Church community through Koinonia, and Diakonia. In addition, he tries to change the inferiority complex that the church communities and individuals face into a sense of superiority by dealing with individual psychology of Adler. In the project, he appropriately applies and practices Koinonia, Diakonia, and individual psychology and the conclusion describes analysis of the project.

The Effect of a Spiritual Formation Program on Worry Reduction

Author
Scott A Hamilton
Abstract
The project was designed to help people reduce worry utilizing two spiritual formation practices: daily Bible reading and Praying the Ordinary. Teaching and training participants (twenty-five adult Christ-followers at Foundation Church, Sapulpa, Oklahoma) over a twelve-week period to pray and apply scriptures specifically addressing worry reduction and trusting in God throughout their day proved successful. Pre- and post program assessments showed significant positive change (3 of 5 sub-scales of the MCQ-30) with participants reducing worry and increasing trust in God.

Personality type and preaching

Author
Stephen D Watson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to see if the Jungian personality dimension of Sensing significantly influenced the proclamation of the text of Scripture. The hypothesis of this project was that "Personality types, as defined by Jung and measured by the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, significantly influence the way a preacher presents the material from the biblical text in his sermons." The result of this project was that there was a significant difference between the way that the Sensing personality type and the Intuitive personality type preach. It was not possible to compare the Sensing personality type with either the Thinking or Feeling personality types in a significant way in this study.

Promoting emotional health with biblical wisdom

Author
Daniel W Son
Abstract
This project is designed to provide seminar messages on the topic of emotional health. Through this project I will answer the following questions: What are some theological perspectives on emotional health? What do medical studies say about the effects of human emotions on health and well-being? How do the seminar messages help the hearers of the Word enhance and promote emotional health after the messages are taught? The method of study includes biblical exegesis, literary research on medical findings, interview, survey, and workshops. The biblical messages on emotional health are relevant and practical to the participating audience regardless of age and gender.

The role of the local church in the maturation process during the transition from adolescence to adulthood

Author
Gordon David Boyd
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to examine the role of the church in the development of adolescents into adults. The extension of adolescence has received much attention, and there are indicators delayed development of adolescents significantly affects society in a number of ways: families, economies, educational institutions, and local churches. Data was collected through surveys and interviews with emerging adults. The project was organized around the three major tasks of adulthood: establishing autonomy, developing community, discovering vocation. A bridge can be built between emerging adults and church, if the church with intentionality becomes involved in the struggles they face.

Hurricane Katrina: scarred by tragedy / disaster / crisis / challenge, renewed by hope

Author
Wybra J Price
Abstract
We will all face tragedy, disaster, crisis, or challenge in life. The question is not if, but what will we do when we face such adversity? This project is written to assist those in the midst of and following these times of adversity. Family system tools are used to help people know themselves, circumstances, situations, and surroundings as well as finding a theological grounding in a hope for a new and different day. Life and faith are not determined by what happens in our lives but by how and what we do to respond to what happens in our lives.
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