Spiritual formation

EQUIPPING SELECTED PASTORS OF THE NORTH FLORIDA BAPTIST NETWORK, LAKE CITY, FLORIDA, WITH EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUAL COMPETENCIES

Author
ZEB COOK D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip selected pastors of the North Florida Baptist network, Lake City, Florida, with emotionally healthy spiritual competencies. The project director will complete the project by meeting three main goals: 1 to research the area of emotionally healthy spirituality to identify essential competencies; 2 to develop curriculum to equip selected pastors in essential competencies of emotionally healthy spirituality; and 3 to equip selected pastors in essential competencies of emotionally healthy spirituality. The project employed various evaluation methods and tools to measure goal achievement. These methods and tools included expert testing, pre-tests, post-tests, surveys, self-guided study, and expert evaluators.

The Importance of Hearing God in Spiritual Formation of Chinese Christians of Immigrant Background

Author
Song Seng
Abstract
This portfolio contains three parts: the researcher's spiritual autobiography, a spiritual formation model for Chinese immigrant Christians (CICs) and a participatory action research project on lectio divina. The major theme running through this portfolio is hearing God, which played key roles in researcher's spiritual formation and was viewed as a crucial factor in the model designed to help the spiritual formation of CICs. The project showed that most participants expressed their experience of hearing God during lectio divina, and some vowed to change their behaviour. In summary, this portfolio shows that hearing God is helpful in forming CICs spiritually.

Praying the Psalms: Hearing and Responding to God

Author
Christopher G Jones M.Div.
Abstract
"Praying the Psalms: Hearing and Responding to God" explores the spiritual benefit of utilizing the Scriptures to guide the content of the prayers of God's people, specifically using the Psalms as an inspired collection of prayers, preserved by God for the spiritual growth of his people. This praxis provided times of corporate worship guided by the Psalms, as well as teaching and devotional writing from the Psalms, presented in such a way to foster greater understanding of the Psalter and facilitate psalm-based prayer. The qualitative results indicate some positive spiritual formation and growth among participants.

An Integrated Approach to Spiritual Direction: Converging Spirituality, Creativity, and Cognitive Theories through the Expressive Arts as a Model for Christian Spiritual Formation

Author
Ouida A Russea-Pihulyk
Abstract
True spiritual formation is holistic. Transformation occurs where our body, mind, and soul converge and this process can be enabled by creativity. I designed and implemented a Christian formational model to support the integration of creativity to spiritual direction via the expressive arts (music, visual, literary, and movement). A qualitative study augmented by cognitive and theopoetic orientations captured participation of spiritual directors in an expressive arts workshop and the field application of these methods. Results concluded the expressive art inter-modal approach positively impacted spiritual formation and suggested the model could also have beneficial implications for ecumenical and spiritual clinical care practitioners.

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Adult Ministry Team of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

Author
Jason W Snyder
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the Adult Ministry team of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas. The project director assessed the characteristics of the Adult Ministry team to determine spiritual formation needs. Subsequently, the project director researched the field of spiritual formation to determine best practices, identifying five domains: corporate, relationship, discipline, gap, and rest domains. To prepare for the strategy development sessions further, the author revisited fifteen spiritual formation strategies and presented this information to the strategy team.

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Summer Staff at Cross Timbers Mission Adventure Camp in Davis, Oklahoma

Author
Jason E Langley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the summer staff of CrossTimbers MIssion Adventure Camp in Davis, Oklahoma. In the first phase, the project director administrated a survey to former summer staff and incoming staff. From the gathered data, he developed a spiritual formation profile. IN phase two, the project director researched the area of spiritual formation to discover core practices. He then compiled a report of best practices for spiriutal formation. The project director began phase three by constructing a strategy deelopment plan. Then he assembled a strategy team. Utilizing the profile data and best practice report, the strategy team developed a spiritula formation strategy for summer staff. In the final phase, the project director presented the strategy to the leadership of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for approval.

A Study on the Education and Spiritual Formation for Church Construction in a Redevelopment Area: Focused on the Preparation for Constructing a New Dongkwang Church Building

Author
Jong-yoon Won
Abstract
This study aims to explore church education and spiritual formation as a means of preparing for the construction of a new church building in a redevelopment area. To this end, detailed and extensive research was carried out on the Church and architecture. And then, based on the research results, education was offered to members in the church for the sake of getting the biblical meaning of the church and the scientific concept of architecture understood; afterward, in conjunction with the education, a special prayer campaign and spiritual retreat were carefully organized and officially executed. By doing so, Dongkwang Church's spiritual community came to receive a new vision of a great thing implied in the redevelopment project, and further the whole congregation ended up with a pledge of commitment to church construction.

Formation into Redemptorist apostolic life

Author
Guerra John Fahey
Abstract
This thesis-project explores formation into Redemptorist apostolic life. Making use of critical pedagogies and its constitutions and statutes, the author attends to the community's tradition, the lived experience of Redemptorists, and the U.S. cultural milieu. The author formulates a process of formation that reimagines an exclusive focus on the individual, positing one that is community centered and dialogic. He addresses three different formative moments for pastoral response; the novitiate, transition to ministry, and ongoing formation. He concludes that a wider circle of members must be included in the process of formation for the effective renewal of the apostolic life.

Creating an open and hospitable environment for addressing sexual diversity in men's religious formation communities

Author
Stephen Charles Niskanen
Abstract
The author investigated, according to a focus group methodology, the thinking and current practices of twenty fellow men's religious formation directors regarding approaches to the sexual diversity of their communities' members. This thesis was that prevailing church culture and teaching related to homosexuality tend to inhibit open conversation about the meaning and impact of the erotic energy experienced in a sexually-diverse community. Through quotes from the participants correlated with psycho-social, spiritual, and doctrinal approaches to LGBTQ experience, he outlines initial considerations for a formation praxis hospitable to sexual diversity.

Spirituality Development Through the Life Quality Improvement Program of Old Age: Focusing on Hyun-Nam Central Methodist Church

Author
Jin-Hyung Kim
Abstract
In this thesis, I try to overcome the problems of old age that are the result of an aging society in Korea, as well as in the Korean church. I focus on the relation between spirituality and improvement in the quality of life of the elderly, for that is the way in which the problems of an aging society will best be tackled. To this end, I developed a program titled "spiritual formation for improving the quality of life for the elderly." The program ran for eight weeks in the Hyun-Nam Church where I am the senior pastor. The project was conducted with the help of three social workers, and the results were assessed with the help of a questionnaire. Through this program, the church can help improve the quality of life of the elderly in our community, revitalize their spiritual lives, and help them move towards a more beautiful and rewarding old age.
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