Spiritual formation

Deeper life: a pastoral strategy for enhancing spiritual maturity at Vancouver Chinese Alliance Church

Author
Ivan K Leung
Abstract
This project proposes a manual for enhancing spiritual maturity at the Vancouver Chinese Alliance Church, B.C., Canada. Its purpose is to present a comprehensive biblical and historical understanding of spiritual maturity as well as develop a pastoral strategy for the congregation to pursue a deeper spiritual life in Christ. This manual consists of two parts. Part one is the theoretical studies of spiritual maturity by using the library research and descriptive research. In part two, a relevant pastoral strategy for enhancing spiritual maturity at the Vancouver Chinese Alliance Church will be developed accordingly.

More than meets the eye: visual medium for ministry

Author
Sarah L Harris
Abstract
A resource for ministry describing the universal search for transformation was prepared and evaluated using the theoretical bases of theology, feminist psychology, adult education and spirituality. The resource includes a video, "Through the Pane," and a study guide, which offers a process for viewing this artistic rendering of transformation. The process initiated by the study guide was critiqued and the data from the respondents were analysed through qualitative research methodology. Shortcomings within the initial study guide were identified and a revised study guide is included in the dissertation. The implications for this unique resource include the challenge it presents in using media as a tool for ministry, and the need for the church and theological schools to embrace, in tangible ways, the transformative power of images.

Spiritual awakenings: developing a higher level of spirituality in the congregation

Author
Gary L Hanson
Abstract
The theological principle undergirding this project is that the church is called to be a spiritual community. The challenge facing the church is that spiritual formation and direction by both laity and clergy seem to have been lost or forgotten in most parishes. This project researches spirituality from a biblical and theological point of view, noting various passages and writings that underscore humanity's restless search for meaning in life. The interventions conclude that spiritual awakenings can happen in the church through education classes, book studies, workshops on the spiritual disciplines, retreats, sermons, faith-sharing, alternative worship services, and other experiences.

Recovering Anglican spirituality: reflections on a diocesan program to promote spiritual formation in congregations

Author
Robert T Gribbon
Abstract
This ethnographic study documents how one judicatory nutured spirituality in congregations using Alban Institute resources, and critiques the process and content of the project with attention to Anglican sources. As a participant-observer, the author reviews the details of the process, the development of Anglicanism, the history of the Diocese of Easton, and theories of the Alban Institute in the process of a friendly critique. The document includes reflections on Anglican spirituality, handouts from the workshops on "Shepherding the Spiritual Life of Congregations," and an annotated bibliography.

Facilitating spiritual formation at Toccoa Falls College

Author
Jeffrey S Gangel
Abstract
Christian colleges which claim and intend to facilitate the spiritual formation of their students must try to assess the progress of their students and the effective impact of their programs. The descriptions of the spiritual life in scripture provide a measuring stick for spiritual growth assessment. This research included a survey tool which allowed college alumni to rate their spiritual progress in thirty key areas. This tool also solicited feedback on the effectiveness of college programs and personnel towards the students' perceived spiritual formation. On average, the alumni reported spiritual growth in twenty-nine areas. In terms of spiritual influences, personal relationships had the most impact followed by classes, studies and worship experiences.

Encouraging and facilitating faith choices in congregations

Author
Peter D Coutts
Abstract
People in our society are autonomous consumers with the power of individual choice. Therefore, it is critical in faith development to create congregational environments that encourage and facilitate choice-making for faith. One necessary response is to enhance the kinds and frequency of connecting experiences in congregations to provide general encouragement. The second response is to provide specific reflective learning experiences to help individuals clarify new goals for faith development as well as foster strong personal agency beliefs that these goals are achievable. The study concludes that while motivational support of individuals produces more visible results, both approaches are needed for a balanced environment.

A spiritual formation curriculum for Oakland City University

Author
Ray G Barber
Abstract
This journal documented lecture topics, class discussions, and personal issues influencing students' spiritual pilgrimages. This data was used to provide descriptive information. The major implication of this research is that students can benefit from participation in a spiritual formation curriculum offering. Oakland City University should consider including a spiritual formation curriculum in its educational structure and make it a required offering for students preparing for ministry service.
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