Spiritual formation

Being transformed in the image of Christ

Author
Elaine J Eskew
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry project addresses the need and benefits of undergoing a spiritual transformation by Christians into the image of Christ. Knowing who you are will empower Christians in times of spiritual crisis and distress. The solution was the development and implementation of the Theo-Transformational Ministry Bible Study Series "Being Transformed in the Image of Christ Project" (BTIC). The project explores the biblical and theological basics for forming a transformational ministry to work in conjunction with the apostolic teachings of the church universal.

Made to make a difference: ministry formation and the holistic redemptive vision of the kingdom of God

Author
Lance Blair Dixon
Abstract
By building the curriculum on two influential ethical models of character formation, participants were given the tools to identify ways of deepening their commitment to Christ, growing in their conviction of the kingdom of God, cultivating a more compassionate heart, and developing the kind of Christ-like character that would bear the fruit of the kingdom in their daily lives.

Developing transformational leaders with a redemptive framework at Faith Baptist Fellowship

Author
Gregory J Dirnberger
Abstract
This project includes: 1) a description of the organizational context that gave rise to this writer's application of the aforementioned thesis, 2) relevant discussion of biblical and theological foundations that inform and support the thesis, 3) a survey of both spiritual and secular literature that interact with and apply the principles of transformational leadership, and 4) a description of a pilot program designed and implemented by this writer where the convictions of this thesis were applied, tested, and reflected on.

Developing a discipleship strategy for selected believers at Third Baptist Church, Malvern, Arkansas

Author
William T Strike
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual disciplines strategy for adults at Third Baptist Church, Malvern, Arkansas. The project director explored the field of spiritual formation and identified disciplines that would benefit selected members of the church. A strategy team, comprised of selected members, developed a strategy for instructing the adults at Third Baptist Church, Malvern, Arkansas. The project concluded with a presentation of the team's developed strategy to the deacons at the church.

Trinitarian missional matrix: framing a community of integrated faith, learning, and mission

Author
Steve S Sherman
Abstract
This thesis examined relational trinitarian theology as a theological matrix for creating an undergraduate senior year capstone course to prepare students to enter the professional world as a participating disciple of Christ. Relational trinitarian theology provides an integrated vision for life and living in the context of the missio Dei and provides a model for holistic missional living in community and vocation. The outcome of this research was the development of a curriculum utilizing a "backward design" model that begins with desired outcomes and then works backwards to design learning activities that will shape those outcomes.

Addressing the spiritual formation needs of a new church: current realities, future opportunities and formative curriculum

Author
Adam L Feldman
Abstract
This D.Min. thesis-project presents a contextualized and philosophically missional spiritual formation curriculum designed for Metanoia Church, a church plant in Ellicott City, Maryland. A spiritual theology was developed based upon an interpretation of Matthew 5-7 through a theological framework of Christian spiritual formation. A literature review demonstrates the uniqueness of Christian spirituality, specifically in prayer, within contemporary western culture. Second, survey research was conducted to determine current formation realities. The spiritual theology and survey data were synthesized to design a comprehensive pathway for congregational spiritual formation. Summary comments are given on the role of spiritual formation in church planting.

Using redemptive discipleship to change a culture that fosters legalistic growth into a culture that fosters transformational growth in the Apostolic Church

Author
Kwabena D Akufo
Abstract
The thesis is "Using redemptive discipleship to change a culture that fosters legalistic growth into a culture that fosters transformational growth in the Apostolic Church." The researcher developed and taught a redemptive discipleship class as a tool for reducing legalistic tendencies. Students took a pretest and posttest survey. The pretest survey results confirmed the existence of legalistic tendencies. Given the limited time for the class the researcher decided that a reduction in legalistic tendencies of ten percent will be considered meaningful. The posttest survey results showed that the legalistic tendencies reduced by approximately fifteen percent.

An academic course on spiritual formation: understanding, developing, and implementing a strategy for spiritual growth of students in a Christian higher education institution

Author
Young Ho Hwang
Abstract
God makes spiritual formation possible and works with his people as they go through the process of spiritual formation. This two credit hour academic course on spiritual formation has been developed for undergraduate students at a Christian university. Students will gain valuable knowledge regarding spiritual formation and experience training that is critical for a lifestyle that makes spiritual formation possible. The course design was evaluated by several university faculty members who approved it "across the board."
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