Spiritual life

The deeper life conference: an Adventist adaptation of the spiritual retreat concept

Author
Norman A Yeager
Abstract
One of the pastor's responsibilities is to teach parishioners how to maintain a deep personal relationship with God. The Seventh-day Adventist church has not developed tools that enable the pastor to meet this responsibility. The Deeper Life Conference is designed to fill this gap through the adaptation of the spiritual retreat concept. During the weekend long conference, the participants receive instruction in meditation, prayer, healthfulness, and fasting, and are given time to practice meditation and prayer. Three surveys taken before, at the close of the Conference, and six months after the conference determine the growth in the participants' spiritual life. Growth in the relationship with God seems to take place across all age groups and lengths of church membership.

Uniquely yours: a seminar of faith-sharing tailored to individual uniqueness

Author
Judith G Hadley
Abstract
The goal of this seminar was to help people design their own styles of sharing faith. The project developed six different models for the telling of: 1) each person's pilgrimage of faith and 2) the Christ story. The participants experienced each method and selected those sections that applied to their own experience, theology and conversational style. With these selections each person designed his or her own method of faith-sharing. The goal was to develop a way of sharing the faith that was natural and comfortable for each person. The project includes a teaching manual and student workbook for this seminar.

Sanctification and responsible witness: a program of intentionality for mainline Christians

Author
Norman E Dunkle
Abstract
This project addresses the religious reticence of most mainline Christians which contrasts to the assertiveness of both popular culture and the religious sects. The author believes faithful Christian witness is linked in a bilateral relationship to spiritual growth. He explores the themes of sanctification and witness primarily from the perspective of his Wesleyan heritage. The paper describes an eight week course, a many faceted, several month program and a network of small groups within a 700 member congregation. The evidence of change among participants is convincing although difficult to meassure objectively.

Including God: applying feminist perspectives and programs on spirituality to religious life at Moravian College to foster renewal

Author
Willard R Harstine
Abstract
This project describes and evaluates feminist insights and programs introduced to the Moravian College campus in 1985-86 by its chaplain. Campus attitudes are surveyed through questionnaires, discussions and private interviews. The programs presented include a chapel series, bible studies with religious groups and three all-college events. Feminist perspectives from six area chaplains are included. Writings of current authors in the areas of feminism and spirituality inform the project. Recommendations for campus planning are made in three areas: worship, religious group life, campus-wide concerns. Extensive appendixes and bibliography are provided.

A model for negotiation of United Church of Christ pastors' spiritual needs

Author
Neal A Brown
Abstract
The model integrates theories on temperament, spirituality and negotiation to offer a wholistic approach for negotiating spiritual needs. The negotiating method is adapted from the Harvard Research Project. Pastors and lay leaders in three congregations are involved in testing the model. They meet with a facilitator for five sessions and use two test instruments, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and World View Test Instrument, to facilitate negotiations. The project concludes that the model offers opportunities for persons to understand how their temperaments and spiritualities interact within the body of Christ and the impact of this interaction on daily negotiations.

A structural approach to meditation and spirituality for Unitarians and Universalists

Author
Eugene Richard Widrick
Abstract
This project provides an introduction to spiritual discipline, focused on meditation, through a behavioral or structural approach, for Unitarians and Universalists. It includes a brief look at some earlier Unitarian and Universalist spiritualities, current attitudes, and how they relate to the religious milieu in which they are set. The project concludes with a consideration for the necessity to have meaning in life as well as religious behavior, even though consensus about meaning is lacking in Unitarian Universalist circles.

A theological-educational model for ministry with young adults

Author
John C Randlett
Abstract
A ministry of meeting is an alternative to those traditional models of ministry which connote cultural-spiritual superiority. Assuming a global pluralistic community, the model maintains that the church is empowered by the gospel to meet one another and other peoples and cultures in dialogue and mutuality. Elements of the model tested include: theological, educational and developmental methodology, cross-cultural meeting and ministry and spiritual growth through Native American and Christian disciplines. The model's implications for parish ministry in outreach, education and spiritual development are suggested.

The art of wakefulness: introducing a creation-centered spirtuality into the life of a church

Author
Warren F Gaston
Abstract
The art of wakefulness project introduced a creation-centered spirituality to a United Methodist church. The associate pastor and eleven project associates studied creation-centered spirituality and integrated it into their understanding and practice. The project associates planned and led a ten-hour retreat attended by other church members. They then planned a twelve-week teaching program on spirituality and developed several new ministries.

A test instrument to measure selected christian character traits

Author
Barry Keith Keiser
Abstract
This project was concerned with the measurement of Christian character and undertook construction of an instrument designed to bring some quantification to such an assessment. Building on an extensive analysis of New Testament terms marking attributes of spiritual maturity, a scale (called the Spiritual Growth Inventory) measuring eight different dimensions of spiritual growth was developed and then pilot tested with a defined group of Bible school students.

Why go to church: tracing the relationship of spiritual growth and church participation

Author
James C Logan
Abstract
The project explores the contributing factors which determine whether a person chooses to be churched or not. The three groups explored were made up of people that: 1. were now churched but had been unchurced 5-plus years prior to current membership; 2. were now unchurched but had been churched for most of their lives; 3. were now churched and had been churched most of their lives. The project thesis then explores what might be the kinds of out-reach programs that would speak to a very secular community.
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