Spiritual life

A contemporary spirituality for active ministry

Author
Corita Clarke
Abstract
This project is designed as an explanation of the essential components of a contemporary apostolic spirituality for Christian ministers and as a tool for spiritual formation for ministry. Using a method of pastoral theological reflection, it includes discussion of key topics such as prayer, action, conversion, ministry, and community. It provides reflection questions, activities, and recommended readings.

A description and evaluation of the process and model of basic ecclesial communities implemented in a northeastern suburban parish

Author
Jane Halligan
Abstract
This project is a descriptive analysis of the three-year ministerial endeavor which fashioned the model of basic Christian communities in a large northeastern suburban parish. This study focuses on the relevant issues, resources, and experiences which led to the implementation of basic communities in a particular parish. This thesis is biographical in style as it tells the story of a people, a parish, and a process that gave birth to smaller communities of faith. Considerable attention is given to the core group who was primarily responsible for the study and formation of the base communities. This research project exemplifies the ability of the baptized to assume responsible ownership for the nurture of their spiritual, educational, communal, and ministerial lives through the model of basic Christian communities.

Mending the hole in the soul: the role of spirituality in the recovery of dysfunctional family systems

Author
Mark R Vance
Abstract
Through mutual critical correlation of selected theological and psychological literature and data gathered from patients and their family members in a chemical dependency treatment facility, this paper defines what spirituality means in the literature of addictionology. It also compares that definition with a Tillichian understanding of addiction. Finally, a practical theology of addictionology, set within the framework of Don Browning's first three levels of practical moral thinking, is presented.

Self-perceived beliefs and values of cancer patients which promote spiritual well-being

Author
Bert A Klein
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to identify patients' self-perceived beliefs and values that promote spiritual well-being. Thirty cancer patients were interviewed using questionnaires: one gathered personal background and medical information and the other assessed spiritual well-being. The findings indicated that religious beliefs were significant. Daily prayer was associated with spiritual well-being, but religious affiliation and church attendance were not. Recommendations included chaplains focusing on patients' religious concerns, and functioning out of their more traditional religious roles of comforter, liturgist, and witness.

Spirituality and autobiography: a journey with Frederick Buechner

Author
Gayle E Annis
Abstract
This project tested the thesis that the study of one person's attempt to identify movements of grace within life experience and to integrate the spiritual significance of those occasions within the larger framework of life experience and growth, can help others to do the same with their own lives. Six participants completed the process using Frederick Buechner's autobiographies, "The Sacred Journey" and "Now and Then," as models for personal theological reflection. There were six sessions and one follow-up. Evaluations from participants supported the thesis while also stressing that this exercise was but one step in their growth process.

Catechetical and pastoral implications of a prayer book spirituality of anamnesis

Author
Gregory C Frazier
Abstract
The thesis of this work is that the church has lost its memory of the tradition, separating itself from the praxis of a distinctive Christian lifestyle. The author builds a spirituality of anamnesis (remembrance) from which grows models for Christian education, pastoral care and piety. He presents research based on the documents of the Episcopal Church, the patristics, and contemporary sacramental and liturgical theology. His conclusion is that a return to the tradition is needed for the Episcopal Church, which he describes as "an emerging church.".

Establishing a program of discipleship training among selected adults of Social Springs Baptist Church, Ringgold, Louisiana

Author
Harry Boyd
Abstract
This project attempted to facilitate personal spiritual growth among adult members of Social Springs Baptist Church (Ringgold, La). The project utilized a format that included a control group and an experimental group of fifteen people each. Learning methods included ten weeks of group study, individual study assignments, and fellowship. The ten topics covered in group study sessions were: assurance of salvation, the lordship of Christ, the need for spiritual growth, a daily quiet time, prayer, Bible study, the church, witnessing, God's will, and personal relationships. Evaluation was based on a pretest and posttest instrument, subjective analysis, and personal reflections.

A program to begin the spiritual formation of the Twain Harte Evangelical Free Church through special and corporate occasions

Author
Leslie L Darrow
Abstract
The church needs to acknowledge the difference between serving God and personally knowing God. This project is designed to address this difference by emphasizing a personal spiritual relationship with God through corporate worship, a retreat on the nature of spirituality, and weekly classes of discipleship. The men and women who attended only the corporate worship made little or no progress in spiritual renewal. Those who participated in the retreat and weekly instruction made the most significant strides in their personal spiritual relationship with God.

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.
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