Spiritual life

The role of spiritual values in the recovery of alcoholics

Author
S James Roessler
Abstract
The implications of the study include: the need for spiritual ministry for alcoholics in recovery; the value of treating the person as a whole; the minister has a role on the health care team as a fellow professional.

Prayer in Christian life

Author
William Charles McGraw
Abstract
The author developed and led two spiritual growth groups--one for clergy and one for laity--which lasted eight months. The purpose was to introduce the literature about prayer, to facilitate discussion about prayer, and to nurture individual spiritual growth. This paper includes a discussion of prayer in life, a survey of literature, description and evaluation of the two groups, theological reflections, and includes outlines of the sessions, a prayer worksheet, and an evaluation form for spiritual growth groups. The conclusion states that structural, intentional guidance in prayer is necessary in ministerial training and in the life of all Christians.

A strategy for spiritual formation

Author
Jeane A Spoor
Abstract
This project intended to discover an appropriate intervention to engage people in faith development and involvement in the church by enrolling the parents of confirmands in a series of faith seminars that were held from January to June, 1981. This program affirmed a process that enables intentional strategies to involve adults in spiritual formation. The function of the pastor in this exploration was to model a specific life-style of faith and to facilitate the spiritual formation of the seminar participants.

Membership renewal in a mainline church

Author
George Harrison Rodgers
Abstract
Members will participate in church programs which respond to persons' need for meaning and belonging. This was tested by questionnaires and discussion in a mainline congregation recently completing a three year program of public faith reaffirmation and membership renewal. Data confirms the thesis and supports continuation of the program. The study contributes to denominational discussion on baptism as sacrament of initiation to full membership and on the value of frequent renewals of the baptismal covenant. Commitment of congregation and its leadership to spiritual growth provides appropriate context for a meaningful renewal program.

The pastor's spiritual growth

Author
Alfred Buls
Abstract
This paper describes a disciplined program of study, devotion and meditation for spiritual growth. The paper describes devotions followed for a two year period. Devotions included Morning Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship, a designated set of psalms and sections of Scripture, prayer and meditation. The discipline also included a reading program. Included are suggestions for those who wish to follow a similar discipline and an evaluation of the two year program.

A study to measure the effects of spiritual disciplines on lay leadership roles in a multiple charge parish

Author
Stacy A Evans
Abstract
The research are for this study is the effect of the practice of specific spiritual disciplines upon the exercise of leadership roles by laity within a local church setting. The research question is: What is the effect of the practice of specific spiritual disciplines upon leadership roles by laity within a local church setting? A secondary question is: Does the regular practice of these spiritual disciplines promote change in leadership styles? The research design was to have a one day retreat during which a pre-test was administered to discover preferred leadership styles by laity and to determine whether or not those participating had a regular practice of spiritual disciplines; to conduct six two hour classes on the subject of leadership within the Church of Jesus Christ; to have a second one day retreat to summarize learnings during the course of study; to administer a post-test approximately one month after the second retreat.
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