Theology, Practical

Spiritual/Pastoral Support in Trauma Contexts: Guidelines for the Training of Hospital Chaplains

Author
Alin N Dogaru
Abstract
This thesis project paper explored the training for professional chaplains in assisting victims of traumatic events, their families, and their caregivers. It includes a survey study of the current requirements and practices within the major associations of chaplains in the USA regarding training received and assistance offered by these professionals. It provides guidelines about knowledge and skills the chaplains need in order to be effective in assisting those involved in traumatic events. The research showed the need for improving awareness and training for spiritual care professionals in trauma contexts through the development of educational and practical programs and resources.

Praying the Psalms: Hearing and Responding to God

Author
Christopher G Jones M.Div.
Abstract
"Praying the Psalms: Hearing and Responding to God" explores the spiritual benefit of utilizing the Scriptures to guide the content of the prayers of God's people, specifically using the Psalms as an inspired collection of prayers, preserved by God for the spiritual growth of his people. This praxis provided times of corporate worship guided by the Psalms, as well as teaching and devotional writing from the Psalms, presented in such a way to foster greater understanding of the Psalter and facilitate psalm-based prayer. The qualitative results indicate some positive spiritual formation and growth among participants.

Discovering an Evangelical Theology of Chaplancy

Author
Michael William Elmore
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover an evangelical theology of chaplaincy that will guide chaplains in their practice of ministry in a pluralistic religious environment while maintaining integrity with their evangelical faith. A total of 180 surveys were completed by evangelical chaplains (working chaplains, professors, CPE supervisors, and denominational directors). Out of 180 participants, 136 completed all aspects of the survey. The survey focused on practical theology or what chaplains believe and do. Therefore, the results accurately portray the practice of evangelical chaplains working in the field of chaplaincy. Chaplains acknolwedgeded their frustrations and celebrated their joys.

Equipping Selected Members of Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Avon Park, Florida, with Essential Assimilation Skills

Author
John D Girdley
Abstract
The purpose of this projecct is to equip seleccted members of Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Avon Park, Florida, wiht essential assimiliation skills. The project director will research assimilation to identity the skills needed to integrate people into the church. Next, he will create a curriculum to teach these critical skills to selected members. Finally, the project director will teach this curriculum to equip selected members with the skills necessary to incorporate guests and members into Florida Avenue Baptist Church.

Verbal sharing in Sunday morning worship: need and leadership methodology

Author
Gregory Steven Gertz
Abstract
The research questions are: What is the most effective methodology in leading congregational sharing? are there discoverable principles? if so, how do these leadership principles apply to four specific parts of the sharing segment of the service: introduction of sharing to the congregation, contact with the person sharing, support of the person sharing, and response to the person who has shared? the results suggest five principles: 1) Teach the congregation what the Bible says about sharing. 2) Learn to be comfortable during informal worship. 3) Communicate acceptance to all who share. 4) Learn to be personable. 5) Be an encourager.

Pastoral care as enabling lay ministry

Author
Richard Thompson Stuart
Abstract
Effective equipping of lay ministers has far-reaching consequences for the church and world. Pastoral care, "the cure of souls" (often in a one-to-one relationship between pastor and people), takes on a corporate, comprehensive dimension when it enables and equips laity for ministry. Pastoral care, the church and the world are all enhanced when the ultimate goal is not solely the care or cure of souls, but ministry itself. Premises regarding each aspect of lay ministry are challenged by the results of a survey of fifty people involved in ministry, and follow-up interviews with fifteen. Results suggest methods of enabling lay ministry that are supportive within a local church. Enabling ministries call for worship experiences, various church structures, educational programs, and support groups.

The presentor model: experimental component of the field education program for raising and discussing pastoral issues using guest presentors

Author
George H Sinclair
Abstract
The Presentor Model: an experimental component of the field education program at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School for raising and discussing selected pastoral issues and topics using guest presentors. The goal of the project was to design a discussion forum that would: 1) deal with issues of the pastoral life of Greek Orthodox clergy and 2) serve as a model of a collaborative style of ministry. Most newly ordained Orthodox clergy are assigned to parishes as sole pastor immediately upon ordination. The project addresses this fact by suggesting that parish ministry is enhanced by the collaboration of pastors with other professionals. The project then sought to involve members of the community-at-large by naming and dealing with topics/issues of pastoral life, thereby modeling an approach to pastoral problem solving which would free the priest to confer with professionals in the community and make lateral referrals to other professionals.

The merging church: recommended strategies for unity

Author
Walter Radulovich
Abstract
This thesis provides strategies for the pastor involved in merging two or more churches. Additionally, there are strategies for a Joint Merger Committee, the Presbytery and the Session prior to the merger. The author interviewed 65 members in 16 Presbyterian churches that merged in six different Presbyteries located in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and the Panhandle of West Virginia. The study results in strategies designed to assist pastors, Sessions, and Presbytery personnel so they can promote unity and provide an effective ministry in merged congregations.
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