Spiritual formation

Equipping selected members of First Baptist Church Thorp Spring, Granbury, Texas, with essential personal discipleship skills

Author
Melvin A McKinney
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of First Baptist Church Thorp Spring, Granbury, Texas, with essential personal discipleship skills. To accomplish this the project director first conducted research in the area of spiritual formation. From this research he identified six spiritual disciplines that he deemed essential to effective spiritual formation, namely Scripture intake, prayer, worship, confession, service, and witness. He then created a curriculum comprised of seven sessions, covering the concept of discipline and each of the six identified spiritual disciplines. He implemented the curriculum in six one-hour meetings of the course of six weeks. Those who participated in implementation engaged the curriculum five times during each week for periods of 20 to 30 minutes to design personalized strategies for engaging the disciplines.

Spiritual formation for youths through Lectio Divina, spiritual journal, centering prayer focusing on youth ministry of Wonju First Methodist Church

Author
Won Jueng Lee
Abstract
In this paper the author shows understanding of adolescence as an important period for youth spiritual formation. Christian spirituality is an intimate encounter with God, the source of change and maturity as a gift of God 's grace. Spiritual formation is a lifelong process, and adolescence is a valuable time to prepare for the spiritual formation. In Korean society, however, youths are suffering from spiritual and psychological poverty due to the college entrance exam-centered educational system and losing the opportunity of spiritual formation. Therefore the author presents three spiritual disciplines which are Lectio Divina, Spiritual Journaling, and the Centering Prayer for intimate encounters with God, spiritual satisfaction, and aiming to taking after Jesus Christ.

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Ministry Volunteers of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Author
Justin Carles Arbuckle
Abstract
The research, as well as interviews with the principal ministry leaders, aided in the development of a spiritual formation strategy that the team developed and presented to the staff of Central Baptist Church for approval and/or endorsement, The project director engaged multiple methods of evaluation including expert evaluation, research, and surveys. The completed project gave Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, AR, and their ministries a plan focusing on the immediate action steps as well as developing a long-range vision for incorporating spiritual formation principles in every ministry.

Spiritual Formation of Mature Believers: How Glencairn MB Church Deepened Mature Believers by Means of Spiritual Memoir Writing

Author
Ingrid F Reichard
Abstract
Participatory Action Research of spiritual formation for mature believers in the local church based around the writing of a spiritual autobiography, processed in community, and enriched by teachings on spiritual formation and the practice of varied disciplines. Conclusions: a) spiritual growth can be successfully facilitated by first leading the believer to a deep encounter with the self, followed by a guided process of inner change, then released on mission; b) SF can be powerfully experienced in an environment which structures formation around personal encounters with God, subsequently processed in community, c) key factors which encourage formation in the local church context.

Practical Enhancements to Willow Creek's Spiritual Continuum: Prayer, Mentoring, Small Groups, and the Cross

Author
Xavier N Sahyouni
Abstract
This project explores in three parts the connection between mentoring, growth in personal prayer practices, and spiritual growth. The first part looks at how mentoring and personal prayer practices influenced my personal spiritual journey. The second part provides practical enhancements to an existing model of spiritual formation and discusses the place of small groups, suffering, mentoring, and personal spiritual practices in that enhanced model. Finally, in the third part I review a ministry project where I mentored seven individuals in their personal prayer lives over a seven-week period. The results show that in this context, there is a positive link between mentoring and growth in personal prayer, and consequently spiritual growth.

The Unchurched Who They are and What They Really Need

Author
Stephanie A Wilson
Abstract
This study seeks to understand the culture of the unchurched by exploring the subjective meanings they attribute to their spiritual practices and experiences. At the time of the fieldwork the researcher had been unchurched for over three years. As the unchurched demographic continues to grow, their reasons for severing ties with their local churches are explored. The hypothesis espousers that interacting with the unchurched will provide insights into ways to spiritually engage them. Fifteen unchurched women were interviewed for this qualitative, ethnographic study. Interviews are included, and patterns and themes discusses.

The Impact of Empowering Congregants with Spiritual Formation and Christian Education

Author
Willie Barnes-Jackson
Abstract
The researcher's model sought to establish church growth at Light of the Community Christian Church in Dayton Ohio, where the researcher is pastor. Stagnation and the lack of growth were problematic. If spiritual formation of the individual and church community could put back what was missing in the lives of broken individuals in the church community, then this could have an impact on church growth. The researcher collected qualitative data through a spiritual assessment profile, surveys, interviews, and spiritual discipline training. Data results suggested positive changes in pastoral and participants attitudes. Spiritual formation brought about excitement and increase in attendance.

Life Mapping as a Means of Redemptive Transformation: Change the Name and the Story is About You

Author
Noel A Sherry
Abstract
This project surveyed the graduates of Bethel Seminary of the East and interviewed eleven, finding solid confirmation for that hypothesis using statistical analysis and grounded theory. As secondary support for the hypothesis, he explored the theme of spiritual formation and transformation in an Old and New Testament character study. This project also surveyed research literature on a noted spiritual formation model, findings from narrative psychology, and an outline of a history of spiritual autobiography. He synthesized these data sources to propose a model for Life Mapping for use by individuals and groups.

Anxiety, Mindfulness, and Spiritual Practices

Author
Charlene E Wilson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the level of present moment awareness of a group of Christian women who struggled with anxiety through the embrace of spiritual practices. The goal to impact the participant's experience of God's love gained the highest mean change and showed that women were able to be in the present moment and therefore less anxious through involvement with spiritual practices.

How Fostering Spiritual Practice Builds Spiritual Confidence

Author
Cynthia Byers Walter
Abstract
This paper explains how fostering spiritual practice builds spiritual confidence. To address pervading local and cultural anxiety, the author provided congregational leaders with a set of workbooks designed to develop spiritual vocabulary and nurture spiritual growth. Based on the nature of spirituality, spiritual gifts, the theology of baptism and the kingdom of God, and supported by educational, faith development and neuroscientific theory, the project demonstrated how guided spiritual exercises combined with group support provided congregational leaders with needed confidence for speaking meaningfully about their prayer lives, growing spiritually, and sharing with others about their faith.
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