Spiritual formation

Spiritual fathering

Author
Mark E Kiekhaefer
Abstract
This thesis-project presents Spiritual fathering as a process and a practice to promote spiritual formation within a local congregation. The process describes the journey to spiritual maturity following the model of human development from infancy to adulthood. The practice describes efforts which foster spiritual growth through a personal relationship where an older believer assists a person younger in the faith. Tremendous spiritual potential exists within many congregations in the lives of older saints to help others develop spiritually. Obstacles must be overcome to link older and younger men and thereby promote spiritual fathering. Spiritual fathering will access those needs and offer insights to promote such a ministry.

Cultivating an atmosphere of prayer for the preaching of the Word at Calvary Baptist Church, Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Author
John E Jenkins
Abstract
The Praxis Director had observed at Calvary Baptist Church that there was a lack of spiritual development in many who regularly heard sermons. He believed that this was partially due to a lack of prayer regarding the preaching. He therefore led the church in cultivating an atmosphere of prayer for the preaching through deepening his own prayer life, teaching a six-week lesson series on intercessory prayer, and preaching four sermons on how to have a powerful prayer life. He successfully cultivated an atmosphere of prayer for the preaching but only for himself and those attending the lesson series.

Designing and implementing a discipleship relationship process for church planters in the Dakota Baptist Convention

Author
Morgan T Medford
Abstract
Church planting takes great energy and focus. Planters easily overlook their own spiritual growth while helping others grow in Christlikeness. For the spiritual health of these church planters and their church plants, a clear path to ongoing personal spiritual formation is needed. To help planters in the Dakota Baptist Convention, a discipleship relationship has been designed to encourage their continuing spiritual formation. Working with a more experienced disciple, the spiritual disciplines of contemplative prayer, Lectio Divina, and solitude and silence form the project's focus. The goal is for church planters to develop lifelong spiritual formation practices.

A personal struggle between privilege, blessing, and luck and why it matters to God's entire creation

Author
Jonathan B Hall
Abstract
This project seeks to understand the current uses of the words "privilege", "blessing", and "luck" when describing God's actions and character. This project aims to help individuals and communities understand that God's blessings are unlimited and offered to all. Participants in the study were members of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ventura, California. An invitation was sent out to the entire congregation to participate. Materials used were a movie and a questionnaire. Participants also stayed and discussed the topic in a larger group.

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

Author
Wyatt Angela Boyd
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.
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