Theology, Practical

AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF MY CPE LEARNING PROCESS

Author
Anurag Mani D.Min.
Abstract
In this project I explore the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) learning process through the lenses of my human condition: my being an immigrant who was born and raised outside the United States of America and came to the country and to the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) process in my adulthood. I use the research method of autoethnography to explore and give voice to my experience. As an immigrant, I observe that my experience of my journey to become a CPE Educator has been marked with unique challenges that seemed different to the experience of those who were born and raised in the U.S.A. My research question is: Can a careful analysis and interpretation of my own experience in the CPE education process help other immigrants seeking CPE certification to better understand their own complex and unique experience through this difficult, challenging, and exciting process?

Developing Christlike Disciples with the Fourfold Spiritual Journey Model at Westwood Alliance Church

Author
Wai Fung Chow D.Min.
Abstract
In this research portfolio, the author explores spiritual formation as a deeper life journey to imitate Jesus Christ. The key question the research addressed is how Jesus’ followers in Westwood Alliance Church (hereafter called WAC) can walk into a deeper life journey with Jesus Christ. Four aspects of Jesus’ life on earth have been identified for the sake of living out the life modelled by Jesus Christ (Discipline, Surrender, Testimony, and Community). The author examined the question through four separate yet related dimensions: (i) the author’s spiritual autobiography into the Life of Discipline, in which the author confirmed his vocational calling from God; (ii) the process of recovering from grief into the Life of Surrender, in which the author realized the valuable transformation in his life after his wife’s passing; (iii) the Fourfold Spiritual Journey model into the Life of Testimony, in which the author tried to formulate a deeper life practice in WAC; (iv) and the field research project into the Life of Community, in which the author practised early morning prayer with a small group of people. The conclusion is that walking a spiritual journey with Jesus Christ in WAC is practical and achievable through practising spiritual disciplines to achieve the awareness of God’s presence in one’s daily life, abiding in Christ to achieve a lifestyle of surrender, sharing one’s testimony to equip other disciples, and reaching out the community of faith to serve one another.

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.

The Aging and the Dying A Death Education Program

Author
Hyun Ho Im
Abstract
Today, science and medicine dream of conquering over death while making infinite challenges to extending human life. Be that as it may, would a certain deathless life be truly happy? The human being is an existence that ultimately ends up dying. The Bible offers two perspectives on interpretation of death: (1) Death is a natural process of life under God's creation order. (2) Death is the consequence of sin. Although death is irresistible, only if we reflect on and prepare will for, it may turn out to be of dignity - even further, of beauty. This study aims to help Christian believers who will someday meet the process of dying to reflect on the truth that death is not an object of fear and horror, and on how precious a human life allowing us to be living only once appears to be, by which, in turn, all Christians can be guided to living a happy life. Lastly, in addition, this is purposed, by virtue of education, to ensure spiritual reinforcement in their hope and assurance for the Kingdom of God.

A demonstrated methodology for preaching narrative pericopes with integrity by moving exegesis through theology into application

Author
James J Daley
Abstract
Homiletical theory has traditionally focused on a two-world paradigm-from what the text meant back then to what it means today. This project proposes an additional step in the movement from text to praxis via the intermediary of the theological focus for all types of literature, but especially for narrative. To test the effectiveness of this methodology, a five-part preaching series from the book of Ruth was evaluated to determine the model's effectiveness. Although the model was generally effective in producing a true application, the model is still limited by the exegetical and theological inputs of the interpreter.

A pastoral way of solution for the loss of the old people in an aging society focusing on Daejeon Sansung Methodist Church

Author
Nam Sung Cho
Abstract
In Korea, while society is becoming an aging one, various problems are being brought about, such as disease, poverty, alienation, and so on. So long life is not a blessing any more. Rather it becomes a cause of suffering to a lot of the aged. In this sense, aging is not received positively. Among various problems in aging society, this thesis dealt with how to overcome the aged's alienation which was brought about by the loss of their roles in society and even in the church. And this thesis conducted a project to help them to recover their self confidence. This project conducted by recruiting 20 people among the aged who participated in the seminar for the aged, "Beautiful Life." They were composed of 10 men and 10 women. The project was planed of the service education for four weeks and the service practice for two weeks. And to see how they changed between before and after the project, this thesis surveyed them by several questions. Analyzing the survey, we could find that service was a good way to overcome the aged's alienation by the loss of their roles. Therefore, we can conclude that to positively encourage the aged to participate in service helps them to experience God's love and grace for them, and thus it helps them to overcome their alienation.

Developing holistic mission for the tranformation of community

Author
Dipak Raj Rai
Abstract
This study on "Developing Holistic Mission for the Transformation of the Community" presents an analysis of the church based holistic mission for the transformation of the community undertaken in Nepal. Chapter one introduces the project paper and chapter two presents the brief history of holistic Christian mission in Nepal. Chapters three and four are theological chapters that deal with poverty, Christian call for the holistic ministry and various models of the transformational development. Chapter five discusses the application, outcome and learning of the applied model of holistic mission for the transformation of the community as undertaken in four communities in Nepal, and final chapter summarizes the project.

A Unique way reaching the Nones and the Dones can happen

Author
Andrea Smith
Abstract
The objective of this project was to create a model of church to reach the Nones and Dones. The author led a launch team of forty people to create a new model by focusing on relevant, engaging, transformational worship, spiritual formation, a student/young adult focus, an innovative, agile leadership system focusing on relationships and utilization of gifts, and being a missional church. Through one on one discussions, surveys, and prayer the launch team created a paradigm so that people who were not engaged in a faith community would give "church" a try and ultimately become engaged in a faith journey.
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