Spiritual formation

Spiritual formation can have an impact on church revival

Author
Shu Lin Hsieh
Abstract
The purpose of this dissertation is to lead the readers through this same process of study and investigation so that they will reach this same conclusion and commit themselves to follow these four directions of putting Down a firm foundation by developing a strong faith based on solid biblical doctrines, growing Up to spiritual maturity in Christ through prayer and worship, giving In to the Spirit's leading by developing a greater dependence on the Holy Spirit, and moving Out to share the holistic gospel by ministering to the needs of people and leading them to a relationship with God. By moving in these four directions, the readers will be helping to prepare the way for church revival to come to them, to their church, their region, their nation and our world. This dissertation speaks about church revival from a spiritual Formation training perspective, focusing on mature Christian individuals who have been used as leaders in revival history, and churches which have been impacted by the results of church revival.

Cultivating spirit-led compassion in the local church: perfecting love for our neighbors through hearing and obeying God

Author
Gale L Seibert
Abstract
Abstract: Individuals and organizations act with compassion for various reasons. Can Christians be taught to be more aware of God's guidance when doing acts of compassion? This qualitative action research project examined this question by introducing traditional United Methodists to a new method of spiritual formation, Compassion Awareness Training (CAT). The project contained six CAT sessions and two implementation sessions. CAT sessions included instruction about compassion and listening to God, treasure maps of Spirit-inspired clues for a compassion event, and Wesleyan Quadrilateral based questions to clarify clues. The project's effectiveness was evaluated by triangulating data from assessments, definitions, journals, and interviews.

The desert meets the city: appropriating desert wisdom for lay formation

Author
Deborah A Armenta
Abstract
Using the socio-spiritual method of research, this thesis examines the classic texts of two spiritual pioneers from the fourth and fifth century Christian milieu in Egypt. These two little known individuals, Abba Evagrius and Amma Syndetica, provide wisdom and teachings from the desert that are highly valuable for the spiritual formation of contemporary lay ministers. The purpose and goal of this project is to reintroduce these little known classics, both texts and holy persons, in order to reappropriate the wisdom and teachings for use in the contemporary lay formation setting.

The spirituality for the novitiate formation of the Cistercian Congregation of the Holy Family in the Vietnamese context of today

Author
Nam V Nguyen
Abstract
This thesis project will provide a ministry response concerning the formation process, especially relevant to the spirituality of Cistercian initial formation. Although the congregation has guiding principles for a formation program, this study seeks to go beyond these principles and to create a more effective and holistic formation program. The project is also to contribute to the development of the the theology of spirituality in consecrated life, with the intent that it may become a stimulus for others to take on a greater concern and personal responsibility to improve the formative process of spirituality.

The effect of a spiritual formation program on perceived marital satisfaction

Author
Jeffrey D Granger
Abstract
This thesis researches whether a 12-week spiritual formation program for a group of ten to twelve married Christian couples will enhance their individual relationship with God and others, and therefore, increase perceived marital satisfaction. It outlines a model for spiritual formation centered on being conformed to the image of Christ. Theoretical support ties spirituality to marital satisfaction, and subjectification to love for God and others. Measures include the DAS, SWBS, and qualitative questionnaires. Results suggest this program was a positive influence on perceived marital satisfaction.

Holy speaking/holy listening: engaging evangelistic energy in mainline New England churchgoers

Author
Katherine A Heichler
Abstract
"Holy Listening/Holy Speaking" addressed institutional decline and lack of evangelistic activity among mainline New England churchgoers. The project sought to equip participants to engage in spiritual conversation, access their experiences of faith, and elicit the spiritual stories of others, to foster community that yields spiritual growth and faith-sharing. The project was a course, too short to effect the kind of spiritual transformation that propels evangelism. More time is needed to address and overcome many churchgoers' resistance to faith-sharing, and help people adapt communication and conversation skills they use in other areas of their life to having spiritual conversations.

Equipping selected believers at Evergreen Baptist Church, Evergreen, Alabama, in disciple-making through spiritual formation components

Author
James W Collins
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected believers at Evergreen Baptist Church, Evergreen, Alabama, in disciple-making skills through spiritual formation components. The project included three phases. The first phase involved research of the field of spiritual formations and discipleship in order to identify key components that would be conducive to disciple-making through spiritual formations. The second phase concentrated on the development of a reproducible equipping module. The final phase concluded with the implementation of the equipping module with ten selected believers at Evergreen Baptist Church.

A call for authentic Christian leadership in the church: the role of discipleship and spiritual formation training

Author
Ronald D Sterling
Abstract
The local churches I have pastored have had dedicated leaders throughout the different boards and auxiliaries; however, there was a need for additional training and support in their spiritual growth to become more effective spiritual leaders in the church. The Project Director presented four training series and a one-day retreat on Spiritual Leadership, the Discipling Process, Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines, and Spiritual Formation. An assessment of the feedback indicated that spiritual transformation had taken place in the hearts of some of the participants, and there was an increased awareness of the biblical criteria for church leadership.

Rooted in ancient soil: a restorative process of spiritual direction for the men of Double Oak Community Church in partnership with LIFE Ministries

Author
Randall B Hemphill
Abstract
Double Oak Community Church is a young church, planted in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. The praxis director is the Executive Director of LIFE Ministries and a member of this church. The praxis sought to provide a process of spiritual formation for six men in this church that entailed seminars and individual meetings. The director designed the praxis to be rooted in the ancient soil of biblical restoration and in the ancient practice of spiritual direction. The men experienced biblical community that accompanied spiritual and emotional growth.

The spiritual formation of small group leaders at Marion Salem United Methodist Church

Author
Jared N Williams
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover how the experience of leading a small group at Marion Salem United Methodist Church transformed the spiritual condition of the leader. The research question was "How did the experience of leading a small group at Marion Salem United Methodist Church transform the spiritual condition of leaders? "The results of this study revealed that the spiritual condition of the small group leaders at Marion Salem United Methodist Church was transformed by leading a small group.
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