Theology, Practical

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
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.

Looking at salvation the visual and material culture of the small church and the community

Author
Barbara Suffecool
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to help congregations and pastors become more aware of and intentional about the impact of the theology of the visual and material objects within the worship space, focusing specifically on small rural churches and their communities. The author used surveys and interviews to ascertain the meaning images held not only for the individual members but also for pastors, visitors, and the congregation as an entity. The project results suggest that pastors need to be open to dialogue with the congregation on the theological impact of images and material objects.

A study on naturing the faith of church newcomvers a case study at Sadang Central Korean Methodist Church

Author
Kyu Ho Cho
Abstract
The Korean Church lost the essence and most important virtue of church, 'the community spirit of faith based on equality' owing to the negative effects of the only-growth principle stressing the size and property value of a church, the worsening duplicity of each Christian, church, and religious body caused by the increasing gap between faith and practice. This study focuses on a way to integrate 'maturity of Christian faith' with 'faith supported by reflective praxis' as a fundamental method to overcome the crisis, and planned, developed and put into action a project to nurture the faith of church newcomers as a realistic and practical strategy.

The word in our mouths: Scripture memory and recitation as proclaimation in congregational worship and practice

Author
Stacy S Duke
Abstract
This project considers a re-imagined communal engagement with the oral/aural dimension of scripture. The thesis of this project is that scripture memory and recitation within public worship can provide pastors of mainline congregations a way to facilitate fresh encounters with scripture as a living word. Using ethnographic listening practices, the study investigates the effect of scripture recitation as a form of proclamation in one mainline protestant congregation over the course of two years. The project concludes that this simple, ancient practice offers dynamic possibilities for congregations to engage with scripture in a personal and powerful way.

How to build teamwork in Christian ministry

Author
Liu Yi
Abstract
This dissertation seeks to explore what the core components of an effective team are in the context of the local church. The author addresses the biblical and theological foundations of teamwork in the pastoral ministry, reviews and analyzes existing discourse and practices of church teamwork and the data on their effects, and provides suggestions for building teamwork, targeting factors that lead to problems faced by the local church's ministry. Ultimately, this dissertation argues that a common purpose, clear roles, strong leadership, effective processes, solid relationships, and excellent communication are all equally necessary qualities a highly effective team possesses.

Connecting Church and Community The Ministry of Presence as a Community Pastor

Author
Cynthia R Bolden
Abstract
This ministry project assisted a local church in going outside its walls into the neighborhood in order to connect with the community. A primary objective was to embody sacred presence in the community. Another objective was to discover principles, practices, language, and metrics for the ministry of presence. The project was rooted in the practices of table fellowship, spiritual formation, and engagement with the Other through invitational conversation, acts of charity, and hospitality. The project offers insight for implementing and measuring relational and community ministry, particularly with millennials; it also explores the role of community pastor.

The Altar Call in the Church Today

Author
Gerald B Krupp
Abstract
From Genesis to Revelation the Bible issues a consistent invitation to humanity to respond to the call of God on their lives. These moments we might call altar moments. During the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries these moments were put into a strategy of evangelism. Revivalists and crusade evangelists, during this period, used the invitation to an altar of prayer as a way to solidify new found faith. During the Twenty-first Century, the altar call has fallen into disuse. This project was designed to take a fresh look at the altar call to consider how it might be used in the church today.
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