Spiritual formation

Framing a holistic spiritual care curriculum that engages the heart, soul, and mind

Author
Angela Boyd Wyatt
Abstract
The holistic spiritual care curriculum she developed is for young adults in the local church community and older adults who live in an independent living community. The curriculum is framed using Conceptualization, Personalization, and Utilization (CPU). The research is qualitative using a student-centered model for evaluating how participants respond to the CPU curriculum. The project is an action response to reshape Christian education by exploring this research question: What key curriculum components will help adults use their heart, soul, and mind to connect with the triune God for the discovery of life meaning and purpose?

Christian coaching: an ideal tool for impacting lay leadership proficiency

Author
Jane L Moschenrose
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the leadership proficiency of key lay leaders in Wellspring Church, Farmington Hills, Michigan through the creation and implementation of a seven-session coaching program. The coaching sessions were designed to specifically enhance both aptitudes and attitudes of the seven leaders who participated in the impact study. In achieving the goals for this project, the key lay leaders of Wellspring Church grew emotionally, relationally, and spiritually, and more clearly reflect the life and ways of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hands-on faith: a practical plan for a ministry of spiritual formation in local congregations

Author
William V Buchanan
Abstract
The concept for this project began with the twofold observation that ministries of spiritual formation are often conducted in contexts apart from local congregations, and that many local congregations do not have ministries that are specifically oriented toward spiritual formation. The response to this two-sided issue evolved into the creation of a curriculum piece that is designed to help persons grow in their spiritual lives through the experience of personal and ecclesial practices within their local churches, and to help persons experience their local churches as centers for community and spirituality.

Preaching holiness for spiritual transformation in a postmodern church

Author
Dwayne D Winterberg
Abstract
The thesis explores the challenge of preaching holiness for spiritual transformation in a postmodern church. To resolve the problem of the lack of understanding of holiness in one's spiritual journey, a qualitative and quantitative research based on the case study method was used to triangulate the multiple data by interlinking similar themes. The objective of the research develops an innovative theory guiding pastors to preach to their congregation for spiritual advancement. These findings provided valuable insight to the inner spiritual need of the local church body. The study resulted in the development of a spiritual transformational theory. This theory provided a strategy that would support preachers in nurturing spirituality postmodern congregations.

An examination of the contributing factors empowering airmen to focus on core values through core group discussions within the 86th maintenance group at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

Author
Mark B McKellen
Abstract
This research followed the USAF's view that mentoring takes place in the core group discussions between the supervisor and subordinate. One hypothesis of this research was that there was a relationship between the level of risk and the level of trust which are contributing factors empowering Airmen. The second hypothesis was that there was a relationship between the level of respect and the level of leadership which are contributing factors empowering Airmen. The qualitative results reveal that level of leadership has a greater impact on core group discussions than does the level of risk, trust or respect.

Case studies evaluating the effectiveness of a Bible study program in influencing youth's masculinity

Author
Rodney D Stodghill
Abstract
The author researches three factors fathers need to raise biblical masculine sons: fear of God; father modeling the fear; and father teaching the fear. Men were surveyed to identify their father's masculine influence upon their moral behavior. Two case studies were developed to identify Restoring Authenticate Masculinity Bible study program effectiveness in restoring biblical masculinity. The author concluded that the fear of God was important to the development of the son's biblical masculine identity. The RAM Bible study program was significant in achieving the change.

Through a glass brightly: a Franciscan way of beauty into action

Author
John F Beddingfield
Abstract
"A Year with St. Francis" invited All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. to engage a set of stained glass windows picturing Francis of Assisi, exploring whether beauty might be a means to action. After addressing criticism of the term "beauty," the paper discusses Bonaventure and Duns Scotus, theories of organizational frames and imaginative learning, and reflects on the project in light of new monasticism. The paper argues that beauty is used by God to move us into action and that the parish and the Episcopal Church can benefit from a Franciscan impulse in theology and mission.

Cultivating a Christocentric worldview among the congregation through preaching

Author
Stephen Leonard
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore how pastors use preaching to cultivate christocentric worldview commitments among their congregants. The study employed a qualitative research design and a semi-structured interview protocol, utilizing interviews with six pastors. The researcher found that a christocentric worldview was comprised of the unified story of God's redemption of his creation, motivation and empowerment by Christ in the Christian life, transformation at the heart level, and participation in God's restoration of man's relationship with God, others, and the creation. In addition, preaching as a communication method is questioned pragmatically, but trusted in a spiritual sense. Also, primary hindrances include challenges of alternative worldview stories, fragmentary hearing, and disconnected preachers. Finally, helpful practices include preaching the redemptive-historical biblical narrative, exegeting the congregation, and a commitment by preachers to their own ongoing relationship with Jesus.

Spiritual freedom: a multi-faith resource in spiritual formation for inmates

Author
Roland E Gonia
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to investigate and create the formation and sustainability of a healthy, spiritual life for inmates of different faiths while serving a prison sentence and preparing to leave incarceration. This project is intended to benefit prisoners and prison staffs as a resource from multi-faith spiritual formation. This project is being conducted under the auspices of Columbia Theological Seminary and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Temple cleansing: an integration of anger management and spiritual formation

Author
Edward James Vollmar
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a resource useful to pastors and Christian counselors seeking to address, within the small group setting, anger issues presented by Christian men. A copy of the resource, integrating anger management theories and praxis with spiritual formation theories and praxis, was presented to an expert panel comprised of pastors and Christian counselors, along with a questionnaire by which evaluations were made of the resource measuring six goal characteristics. Analysis of the results clearly indicates that the six intended goals were reasonably achieved, especially the goal of fostering spiritual formation. Implications are explored.
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