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.

Liturgies of the Lutheran Book of Worship as experiential means to a caring and loving God

Author
Alfred J Lewensten
Abstract
The liturgies of the Lutheran Book of Worship are a means to experience God and should be given full implementation in the congregations of the church. The LBW offers rich opportunity for church renewal in the mission of its loving God. The influences which have minimized liturgy in the church should be rejected and resistance to the historic liturgies removed by persistant and loving shepherding. Congregational projects and a questionnaire provide research resources. Evaluation of ten years use of the LBW in the congregation concludes that success is measured by effectiveness of the process rather than by an end product.

Imagination, transformation, and writing in Christian education

Author
John R Seraphine
Abstract
This project proposes a model for Christian education that brings together recent research on the vital roles of language, metaphor, imagination, and story. Emphases on praxis and the nurturing role of the faith community also are highlighted. The project then demonstrates that students involved in a well-designed program of writing strategies can begin to foster life-long Christian education. The project leads students to exercise critical and controlled religious imagination. Practical guidance and an appendix of selected strategies and examples of student writing is provided for those who wish to implement writing activities in the church.
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