Service (Theology)

A leader among servants : a manual for deacons' conference leaders : an examination into how deacons conferences and their leaders can better equip deacons in the local congregation to fulfill their office

Author
Douglas R Fauble
Abstract
This book is designed to upgrade the skills of deacons' conference leaders in the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC) so that they, in turn, help the deacons in the local churches fulfill their office better. The manual consists of an introduction, five chapters including footnotes and discussion starters, two appendices, and a bibliography.

Chapter I details the origin, development, and parachurch status of deacons' conferences. Three eras of conference history are described: 1906-1930, 1930-1962, 1962-present.

Chapter II is a biblical study of service including an examination of Isaiah's suffering servant texts, Mark 10:45 and its Christological basis for service by each Christian, and a study of four New Testament texts frequently noted as influencing our understanding of service and deacons: Acts 6:1-6, Philippians 1:1, 1 Timothy 3:8-13, and Romans 16:1-2.

Chapter III examines the theology of service in the Reformed tradition by considering statements in John Calvin; 16th and 17th century Dutch Reformed Church Orders; the 1978-1979 CRC synodical position on worldhunger, "And He Had Compassion on Them"; Karl Barth; and The Deacons Handbook.

Chapter IV considers similarities and differences in the structures of deacons' conferences by comparing past and present conference constitutions. An appeal is made for greater uniformity for deacons' conferences and a new model constitution is submitted for consideration.

Chapter V examines deacons' conference constitutions to discover how people become leaders of conferences and what their responsibilities are. Four circles of leadership are detailed, and uniform titles and job descriptions are suggested. The chapter concludes with an analysis of motivating others to engage in diaconal work.

THE INTEGRATION OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SERVING AMONG FAMILIES IN HOMELESS CRISIS FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL MINISTRY

Author
Scott Mills D.Min.
Abstract
This project explored the transformational growth of high school students who served children in homeless crisis by implementing a pilot program at the Fort Wayne Charis House. The findings revealed student growth in three goal areas: greater cultural understanding, greater appreciation for life situation, and greater motivation to serve. The project explored biblical foundations and the causes and consequences of families in homeless crisis. It also examined similarities between “service learning” in the public schools and integrative ministry. Through this program, students built critical thinking skills, positive relationships, and a sense of responsibility as they engaged in serving their community.

Inspiring a passion for service ministry in seniors at McKenzie Road Baptist Church

Author
Shirley Louise Cunningham
Abstract
Senior believers must stay active in service to continue their spiritual growth and passion for the Lord. Through this project, the candidate recruited, trained, and coordinated five teams of senior members in providing spiritual services in four community older adult residential facilities. The thirteen participating senior believers ministering to other seniors overcame common challenges older adults face and found a renewed passion for service. The participant's testimonies inspired the other senior members of McKenzie Road baptist for service.

Creating a Process to Identify the Appropriate Persons for Service Positions at the First Baptist Church of Graton

Author
Michael Loomis
Abstract
There is a theological and theoretical process that is able to assist a church in properly placing volunteers for service positions. The method of research was examinatino of the scriptures and secular writings to determine what procedures are appropriate for placement of people for a service in a church. The conclusion is that following the Scripture works for servante placement.

The Whole Servant Leader: Leading from the Inside Out

Author
Jewel D Williams
Abstract
This project addressed the need to understand what internal attributes are necessary for the servant leader to exhibit Patterson's seven virtues successfully. The examination of the lives of pastors, leaders, and lay leaders defined as servant leaders based on Patterson's doctoral work, helped in the development of an attribute-driven virtue-focused servant leadership development model. The findings revealed that the necessary steps to the development of the attributes within the leader were: a dependency upon God, having mentors or coaches, building self-awareness and self-development, creating the right environment, and teaching the leader about service.

Connecting the local church with the community through a service learning project: an evaluation of the effectiveness of an endeavour to increase Gormley Church's engagement in community service and personal development

Author
Paulo Carlos Pascoal
Abstract
This study, using the participatory action research method, has sought to identify the engagement in community service projects for church members in terms of personal development and missional awareness. The participants engaged in practical service for a period of six months. The goal was to discover any change in how they applied their understanding of their calling through service opportunities. One of the lessons that emerged is that the church needs to be nurtured by missional habits. Community engagement is the natural environment of a missionally shaped life, which proved to be an efficient way to leverage and accelerate Christ-likeness.

Developing curriculum to enhance congregational care for deacons at Eastern Shore Baptist Church

Author
Stuart R Davidson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected deacons of Eastern Shore Baptist Church in Daphne, Alabama, in congregational care skills. This project followed the equipping program model. The project director conducted biblical research and developed materials to train a group of deacons to assist the pastoral staff in selected components of congregational care. At the conclusion of the training, the group can identify the biblical rationale for their participation in congregational care ministry; demonstrate the assimilation of the knowledge gained in the equipping sessions for use in ministry; and are challenged to begin the task of congregational care ministry.

Mindset, marital satisfaction, and volunteer commitment: a qualitative study with volunteer marriage leaders in northwest Arkansas

Author
Stewart D Grant
Abstract
This is an phenomenological project from a constructivist viewpoint to determine why five marriage education couples exceeded their volunteer commitment. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed in order to understand the intrinsic and relational variables contributing to their service duration. Themes identified were (1) faith and belief as a framework, (2) personal and relational growth, and (3) growth mindset. A conceptual model of mindset appeared that served commitment and intent. This model is discussed, along with integration and other research models. Implications for volunteer coordinators and pastors of enrichment programs are suggested, along with ideas for future research.

Exploring the worship pastor as leader in the contemporary evangelical church

Author
Jody W Cross
Abstract
In light of the rapidly changing worship culture in the evangelical church, this study explored the worship pastor as shepherd leader. A worship pastor has the opportunity to shape the church and strengthen the effectiveness of its mission. First, the shepherd metaphor and shepherd leadership were examined. Second, an exploration of servant leadership and transformational leadership was conducted. Finally, interviews with eight worship pastors were conducted to determine how they perceive their leadership and how they lead. A worship pastor is called to serve and have a heart of worship like David, the man after God's own heart.

Enhancing volunteer ministry through an exploratory study of volunteer beliefs, attitudes and motivation

Author
Gene Cornett
Abstract
This study probed attitudes, values, and motivations of volunteers within Seaford Baptist Church in Seaford, Virginia through a written interview. The author analyzed data by the practical theology method of mutual critical correlation. Volunteers expressed a value for experiencing a sense of belonging, welcoming new persons onto ministry teams, experiencing a sense of shared leadership, the importance of pastoral leadership, and strong biblical motivations for ministry. The study recommends that churches not use the term "volunteer" when describing what Christians do through their churches to serve, because of the finding that it carries implications that distort good theology.
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