Theology, Practical

Proactive Systematic Pastoral Visitation in Shepherding the Contemporary Church

Author
Daniel P Chittock
Abstract
The objective of this project was to consider continuing, intentional pastoral visitation determining its pertinence to contemporary church life and identifying any effects resulting from this ministry. Given the relative scarcity of this pastoral work the project began with a defense of its propriety. The cardinal consequence of the visitation emerging from the research was the vitality of relationship between pastors and people, and seen as practical and integral to the advancement of a trust relationship of love between shepherd and those shepherded with respect and pastoral care.

Rapologetics: How the Gospel of Christ Takes On the Street

Author
Robert C Hepburn
Abstract
An examination of the divide between the Church and hip-hop culture, singularly focused on Scripture's capacity for crossing said chasm. After mapping out Biblical and theological foundations (discovering numerous parallels with hip-hop culture and rap music), the author exegetes the street (following Nehemiah 1-2 and Acts 17:16-34), analyzing its worldview, value system, trusted armor, operational strategies, codes, etc., exhorting the saints to engage its challenges and uncertainties to discover God's hidden treasure (the imago Dei), tucked away in difficult, obscure places. A course of study is offered, enabling the saints to reach unreached street-oriented young urban Black males in situ.

The necessity of constant word and sacrament praxis for the propagation of Christian discipleship within United Methodism

Author
William J Stallings
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the extent to which local churches of the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church utilize the classic Wesleyan praxis of constant Word and Sacrament in fulfillment of the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The project included the administration of a survey to all appointed pastors-in-charge in the NCC. The most prominent finding of the study was the observed discrepancy between the high sacramental understanding of Holy Communion efficacy purportedly held by so many NCC pastors and the lack of administration frequency practiced by the same pastors.

Sermons that go to work how preachers apply sermons to the workplace

Author
Robert J Toornstra
Abstract
Christians have difficulty applying their faith in their daily vocations in part because the sermons they hear fail to connect to the needs they face in their workplaces. The purpose of this study was to explore how Christians apply sermons in the workplace. This study was a qualitative study, employing a semi-structured interview protocol with eight individuals employed in a variety of profession. Data was analyzed using the constant-comparative method. The findings of the study demonstrated that there are gaps in the ways that listeners apply sermons at work, and that there are specific steps that pastors can take to equip their listeners to better apply sermons at work.

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.

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.
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