Theology, Practical

Developing a conference strategy for the Caskey Center for Church Excellence at New Orleans baptist Theological Seminary to equip and encourage bivocational and smaller membership church ministers

Author
Jonathan C Key
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a conference strategy for the Caskey Center for Church Excellence at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to quip and encourage bivocational and smaller membership church ministers. The project director will explore demographics related to Louisiana's Southern Baptist bivocational and smaller membership church ministries in order to determine the state's regional profiles. The project director then will explore existing bivocational and smaller membership church ministries and models in order to provide the strategic planning team with a basis from which to develop the conferences hosted by the Caskey Center. Following, the project director will develop a strategy for the purpose of providing conferences for the targeted ministers. Finally, the project director will present the strategy to the director of the Caskey Center, the associate provost, and the president of NOBTS.

Exploring the principles behind effective collaborative ministry on multi-point charges in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church

Author
Drew Mitchell Christian
Abstract
As community issues become more complex, God calls His people to work together. God models collaboration through the Holy Trinity. Many in healthcare and education have discovered the benefits of collaboration. The researcher explored the principles behind effective collaborative ministry on multi-point charges in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church. Case studies were conducted on three Untied Methodist Charges showing evidence of effective collaborative ministry and mission. The researcher gathered information through interviews with pastors and laity, multiple site-visits, church-produced documents, and open-ended questionnaires. Key elements for building effective collaborative relationships between multiple congregations were identified

The effectiveness of Milestones Ministry among congregations of various membership sizes

Author
Calvin E Siegel
Abstract
The writer researched a method of celebrating milestones which occur in the daily life of a child or youth, and connecting these milestones with God's presence. Entitled "Milestones Ministry" and published by Vibrant Faith Ministries of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the writer sought to determine if this ministry would be effective when used in any sized congregation. Data was collected by submitting a survey to different sized congregations, and asking various members within each congregation to respond. The research established the fact that Milestones Ministry is effective fro all congregational settings.

Authenticity as incarnational hospitality: a key to reversing the decline of the mainline Christian church

Author
David K Denzer
Abstract
The mainline Christian church is in serious decline. The value of denominationalism itself is in question. An answer to the decline of the mainline Christian church lies in a reimplementation of the principles of "incarnational hospitality." Incarnational hospitality involves the church interacting with its world ad Jesus did: incarnationally, conveying the living God into the world of people. This is done through the practice of the three principles of biblical hospitality: protection, provision, and renewal. The researcher demonstrated through a phenomenological study a significant link between the practice of incarnational hospitality and ministry vitality.

"What happened?" and "What now?": exploring how Reformed pastors minister to the parents of apostate emerging adults

Author
Joost Nixon
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore how Reformed pastors minister to the parents of prodigal emerging adult children. This study focused on three key areas that affect how pastors minister to the parents of apostate emerging adults: the religious lives of emerging adults, biblical and theological concerns regarding baptism, apostasy, and covenantal status of children, and policies churches have employed to minister to apostate young adults and their parents. This study utilized a qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with Reformed pastors in the Northwestern United States. This study found that parents have a strong shaping influence on their children's religious faith, and that prevention through consistent reinforcement of covenantal indicatives and parental example is critical, and that redemptive solutions to apostate emerging adults must embrace the entire church community.

Musical instruments and musicians in the worship of the Canadian Reformed Churches

Author
Theodore E Lodder
Abstract
In the Canadian Reformed Churches there is both a shortage of qualified organists and a growing number of musicians who play musical instruments other than the organ, resulting in much discussion and debate about which musical instruments are the most appropriate for worship. A lack of biblical awareness and leadership concerning music in worship, combined with limited or mediocre resources and training, cultural influences, and other factors, have contributed to the present situation. This study explores, analyzes, and critiques this situation on the basis of biblical-theological and confessionally Reformed principles, taking into consideration the historical, philosophical, practical, and pastoral factors related to musical instruments and musicians in worship.

Deep change: how the transformational learning theories of Mezirow and Loder apply to pastoral ministry

Author
Curtis J Young
Abstract
This study describes pastors' understanding of how transformational learning occurs among adults in their ministries. The study is based on qualitative research that included in-depth interviews with nine ministers in the Washington, DC area. It is supported by literature reviews related to transformational learning theory, a biblical case study from the life of Simon Peter, and findings from research that relate to pastoral ministry. Analysis revealed areas in which the ministers' understanding coincided with this theory. It also revealed gaps in their knowledge. The study concludes with ten recommendations to integrate the insights of transformational learning into ministerial practice.

Prayer and spiritual warfare in the multiple-staff church

Author
Arthur S Roemer
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand the role that prayer has in a pastor's ministry in the multi-staff church while defending himself from the dangers in today's postmodern world. The author used qualitative research methodologies. The literature and the interviews that this author researched and conducted both proved that prayer plays an important role in sustaining the moral integrity that is necessary in the ministry of the leading pastor. The author found that these pastors most commonly practiced intercessory prayer and used such tools as journaling, music, and devotional material to aid them in their prayer life.

A theology of suffering for the church according to Paul's example to the Corinthians

Author
Benjamin D Richardson
Abstract
This dissertation demonstrates the Apostle Paul as a positive example to Christians of how to deal with suffering as evidenced by his testimony in 1-2 Corinthians. The research focuses on eight passages in 1-2 Corinthians where Paul speaks of his own suffering, determining how he suffered and how he responded to that suffering. Paul's responses are developed into 6 attitudes and 3 actions as the Christian's response to suffering. Nine outlines are provided for teaching these principles in the church and all together, they provide a theology of suffering for the church.

Growth in sermon application skills

Author
Gary W Bonebrake
Abstract
This is a study of preachers' growth in sermon application skills. This study first examines the biblical and theological basis for application in preaching, and then explores a range of issues: the importance of and difficulty of application; various approaches to applying God's word; the place of deduction and induction in preaching; the central role of ethos; the value of orality for sermon application; and the relationship between illustration and application in preaching. In addition I interviewed experienced preachers about their own growth in this dimension of their preaching ministry. The study concludes with a summary and evaluation of the findings as well as recommendations for further research in this important task of preaching Christ and bringing God's word to people today.
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