Spiritual formation

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
John P Fahey Guerra
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.

Leading select members to develop a plan for engaging the New Testament with consistency and reflection

Author
Michael J Clements
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to lead members at First Baptist Church of Floresville, Texas to engage the Scripture with consistency and reflection. God commands believers to engage his word, and through obedience to his command, members have the opportunity for spiritual change. Scripture records both reading and/or listening as two mediums for engagement. The administrator of this project directed memebrs to engage Scripture through an aural medium . Listening and reflection templates along with five assessments provided measurable evaluations. The project revealed new habits and spiritual change for the selected members.

An Impact Study of a Ministry of Full Reconciliation Between the Sacred and Secular

Author
Steven M Hall
Abstract
This project's purpose was to impact the spiritual formation of participants from Heritage Community Church in Severn, Maryland by increasing their awareness of the essential need to reconcile the physical witht he spiritual through an eight-week course. The design of the project included the administration of Pre- and Post-test assessments. The results of the course revealed that the participants had little understanding of the physical and spiritual divide. Upon increasign this awareness and offering interventions to better reconcile the physical and spiritual through the course, participants reported the impact being a more sensible, satisfying and holistic experience of spiritual formation.

The discovery of journeying with others in pastoral care after formational prayer training

Author
Alesia M Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what extent formational prayer training was being integrated into the pastoral care skills of a select group of ministry leaders. The design of the project included a quantitative and qualitative survey that assessed the level to which integration was executed. Upon completion of analyzing the data, success with integration of the protocols was revealed, with goal six being most prominent -- the participants understanding the purpose of training in formational prayer. The participants shared their level of positive impact as well as some of the challenges with the model of care.

The discovery of journeying with others in pastoral care after formational prayer training

Author
Alesia M Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what extent formational prayer training was being integrated into the pastoral care skills of a select group of ministry leaders. The design of the project included a quantitative and qualitative survey that assessed the level to which integration was executed. Upon completion of analyzing the data, success with integration of the protocols was revealed, with goal six being most prominent--the participants understanding the purpose of training in formational prayer. The participants shared their level of positive impact as well as some of the challenges with the model of care.
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