Religious surveys

Developing Greater Intimacy with God: A Resource on Spiritual Disciplines

Author
Dianthia Gilmore
Abstract
The author completed a resource on the historical, biblical, theoretical, and contemporary review of spiritual disciplines. The assessment tool (Survey Monkey) was comprised of twenty-one quantitative and four qualitative statements. Seven goals directed the resource: demonstrates God's desire for intimacy, readers' desire for intimacy, indicates relationship between engaging in the disciplines and spiritual growth, provides a flexible guide, contains helpful strategies, contains practical discuss on the disciplines; and integrates scripture. The overall rating of the resource be twelve distinguish Christian experts was 5.4 on the six-point Likert Scale.

Developing Biblical Community In The Local Congregation.

Author
Paul McCullough
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact Bellpoint Church's lay leaders' commitment to true biblical community through a short-term class. The project design included the administration of pre and post-test questionnaires. Results indicated the participants grew in their understanding of the components of true biblical community: faith development, worship, missions/service, fellowship, and evangelism. Their expressed commitment to practice these components rose, as did their willingness to advocate for them. Most significantly, the participants came to demonstrate an increased willingness to help others understand the basics of true biblical community, not through formal means but through personal interaction and modeling.

La relevancia suselementos críticos en la predicación

Author
Mark D Henzler
Abstract
Esta disertación examina los cinco elementos críticos para la relevancia en la predicación: el mensaje del texto, el poder de Dios, relación a la necesidad de los oyentes, un propósito concreto y la implementación de la buena técnica retórica. Investiga lo que dicen los autores notables en cuanto a los elementos, analiza una encuesta de más de 50 pastores respeto al tema y además provee sugerencias para la enseñanza de la homilética en institutos y seminarios. Finaliza con sugerencias específicas para el predicador de la Palabra de Dios para que sus sermones tengan mayor relevancia para sus oyentes.

Discovering the primary hindrances women face in fulfilling their call to ministry

Author
Kristen N Caldwell
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the primary hindrances that women face in fulfilling their call to ministry. This was done by constructing a survey that was bases primarily off of 11 themes that surfaced in the contemporary literature. A total of 75 surveys completed by women clergy (senior pastors, assistant pastors, ministries of youth and children, professors, chaplains) in 18 different denominations were analyzed. Out of all 24 statements, all 11 themes were hindrances for at least 15 women. For 19 statements, at least 1 in every 3 women dealt with the hindrance presented.

Spiritual formation in the majority world: Luther W New Theological College in Dehradun, India

Author
Daniel J Schleuter
Abstract
The understanding of spiritual formation in the West has been shaped by historical influences and cultural overtones and thought patterns. The author considers the question: Is the Western understanding of spiritual formation appropriate to the majority world? Three cultural differences are compared: individualism/communalism, time/events and literate/sensate learning styles. After discussing the specific context of a theological college in India, the theological implications, other literature on spiritual formation, and a research survey given to the students at the college, the author concludes that the majority world would be better served by developing its own culturally appropriate understanding of spiritual formation.

The local church discerning faithful and effective mission partners

Author
Corey A Nelson
Abstract
Given the enormous number of options facing a congregation seeking to choose mission partners for outreach and service, how does the local church decide where to invest its resources (time, talent, treasure)? Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest will be surveyed through an online questionnaire and focus groups regarding their own values and practices in philanthropy and where they believe their local church should be involved in mission. The research demonstrates that through an exploration of philanthropic best practices, theological study, and awareness-raising dialogue among its members, the local church can enrich discipleship, compel greater charitable generosity and service and make a bigger impact on its community through strategic mission partnerships.

Impediments to a biblical model of discipleship among women in Cameroon, Africa

Author
Cristen L Campbell
Abstract
This qualitative research analyzed the impediments to a biblical model of discipleship among women in Cameroon, Africa through an examination of four hypotheses. The first hypothesis relates to a lack of literacy. The second hypothesis concerns a lack of available resources, both financial and material. The third hypothesis pertains to a lack of education. The fourth hypothesis considers the influence of other socio-cultural conditions that bear upon the process of discipleship. The research was accomplished through the use of case study interviews, utilizing a questionnaire developed by the author.

The church and changing societal values among the present generation of youth and young adults

Author
Philip George Robinson
Abstract
This project examines a paradigm shift in societal values in the English-speaking Caribbean and implications for Church mission and ministry among youth and young adults. The methodology includes a questionnaire and focus group involving tertiary level Caribbean students, as well as interviews. The research detects a paradigm shift in core values, a technology-led change in morality and apparent breakdown in responsiveness and leadership in key social institutions, and determines that family, school, and church are still vital in transmitting wholesome values and restoring a society's moral equilibrium. It proposes intergenerational intervention strategies at every level.

Seeking an orthodox Christology in a multi-cultural postmodern age

Author
Daniel Dean Rasmussen
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the Christological beliefs held by the laity of Center United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, concerning Jesus Christ from his person to his work. The goals were measured in a survey including eighteen statements ranked on a seven-point Likert Scale and six open-ended statements giving respondents their own voice. The results show a fairly high regard for orthodoxy with some anomalies indicating postmodern cultural influences. Also indicated is an ease with creedal type statements which express faith with orthodox overtones and challenges when deeper meaning of those statements were sought.

Integrated clergy self-care within the context of Salvation Army ministry

Author
Roni S Robbins
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to address integrated clergy self-care within the context of Salvation Army ministry. The research led to the development of integrated wellness training and an integrated clergy self-care plan that was tested on a target group of Salvation Army officers in the Arkansas-Oklahoma division. This study presents a compelling argument that optimum wellness hinges on the balance and integration of body, mind, and spirit. It demonstrated that pastoral care must flow out of the minister's self-care, and that the minister's own degree of wholeness profoundly impacts the integrity of ministry to others. Integrative wellness retreats were conducted as a key aspect of this thesis project. It has been demonstrated through comparative analysis of pre- and post-test survey data that the teaching that was conducted and integrated clergy self-care plans that were developed positively modified the behaviors of participating officers. These officers now pay more attention to diet, nutrition, exercise, stress management, boundaries and balance.
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