Spiritual life

A program for the encouragement of Christian disciplines for spiritual growth at Kingsway Christian Church [bibliog]

Author
John W Caldwell
Abstract
The project revealed a tremendous weakness in regard to the practice of Christian disciplines for spiritual growth. A ten part sermon series was developed and delivered on the following disciplines: inner life, prayer, confession, reading and journaling, Bible study, meditation, devotional life, fasting, personal worship, and ministry. Sermons were reinforced through distribution of outlines and worksheets as well as through the encouragement of additional reading. Comparison of before and after surveys revealed substantial improvement in the practice of the disciplines. An extensive bibliography was developed as part of the project.

The spiritual life: an introduction to aspects of the spiritual life for Presbyterian believers in the local church

Author
Glen R Fuller
Abstract
This project introduces aspects of the spiritual life to the members of the France Memorial Presbyterian Church in Rawlins, Wyoming. The method of study includes the writer's reading in the field of spirituality, personal experiences of the congregation through worship, preaching, personal interviews, discussions, and evaluation instruments and forms. There are indications of positive increases in the attitutdes of the members concerning the spiritual life.

A preliminary evaluation of the effects of a life review on hospice patients

Author
Harold J Cahill
Abstract
The project conducted a preliminary evaluation of a spiritual life review for hospice patients. The research focused on how ten patients responded to the process of a chaplain obtaining a spiritual life review, and then compared their physical, cognitive, and affective responses to twenty patients in two control groups. All thirty patients' responses were measured at the beginning and the conclusion of the study. This data, along with their personal, recorded testimonies, suggests that this process had a salutary effect on the ten patients, as their affective responses measured higher than those in the two control groups.

The Christian as total steward

Author
Roy Woods Kent
Abstract
The purpose of the project is to enlarge and enrich understandings of the stewardship metaphor and its place in the practice of the Christian life, so that the participants might grow, develop, change and become models of holistic stewardship for others. The spritual growth and teaching-learning experience, conducted in retreat setting, resulted in changes in values and life styles. The participants continue growth as stewardship catalysts and leaven to effect change within the congregation.

The pastor's role in developing Christian maturity for a congregation through systematic pastoral visitation and the pastoral conversation

Author
Charles F Speight
Abstract
The thesis tested by this project asserts that Christian maturity can be fostered in congregations when the pastor employs the pastoral conversation along with a program of systematic pastoral visitation. The method employed in this study consists of listening to faith stories, discussing questions regarding the parishioner's spirituality, providing guidance, and making numerous observations and measurements during the visits. Christian maturity, both individual and corporate, is advanced significantly by this means.

Nurturing and enabling stewardship praxis in a small group in a local church

Author
J Perry Bell
Abstract
This project was carried out in and with the Waupaca United Methodist Church during 1988 and 1989. The study demonstrates that a small group of people, with an intentional agenda of spirituality and stewardship, can come to grips with its own attitudes toward stewardship and become a cohesive, intentional cadre of people within a local congregation. Stewardship is understood as a cosmic orientation with God as the householder, Christ as the chief steward, and humanity as the stewards of the cosmos. The project dealt with small group life as a microcosm of the growth in understanding this concept of stewardship in the congregation.

Lutheran spirituality: a primer for the laity

Author
Joseph J Tursi
Abstract
The doctrine of justification by grace through faith is the central doctrine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is the doctrine which grew out of Martin Luther's Reformation experience. The author entered a study of biblical, theological, and historical and confessional foundations which would help to create a balanced Lutheran spirituality centered on both doctrine and experience. After a study of the conceptual framework for spirituality, the author sampled the understanding and practice of the spiritual life of 10 percent of the congregation. From these results the author wrote a primer entitled Living Life to God.

Improving the council leadership of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Amarillo, Texas

Author
Darrell Gilbertson
Abstract
The project develops and implements a program to improve the competence of persons who serve in the positions of leadership on the congregational council of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Amarillo, Texas. The project provides training in three basic areas: 1) deepening the members' spirituality; 2) enhancing basic knowledge of the Lutheran church; and 3) offering lessons in practical skills for congregational council leadership. Evaluation of the project research and related bibliographic literature are included.

A church growth training program for church leaders in a bi-congregational Chinese church

Author
Chi-Chong Theodore Chang
Abstract
Three months of intensive training covered the areas of spiritual discipline, spritual leadership, concept of the church, and personal evangelism. The training program helped the participants promote their spiritual growth, strengthen their commitment and improve their effectiveness in their services. It benefited the church in equipping present church leaders and developing new church leaders. The conclusions are: 1) planned and systematic training to develop mature church leaders is vital to church growth; 2) the model of servant-leader is Christ and his master principle of leadership--servanthood; and 3) ABC and OBC ministries ought to be equally emphasized.

A psychospiritual model of adult development to illuminate healing: a synthesis of Carl G Jung and St John of the Cross

Author
Nelda Ann Chafitelli
Abstract
The project develops and implements a psychospiritual model of adult development that illuminates healing. The study includes a comparative analysis of the psychology of Carl Jung and the spirituality of John of the Cross. The integrative approach of the model incorporates the intrapsychic, interpersonal, and transpersonal dimensions of the human personality. The model can be adapted for use in different ministries, although this project focuses on the ministry of pastoral counseling. The qualitative study yielded some initial insights that are tentative and inconclusive. Although the results were positive, further research is needed to test the usefulness of the model.
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