Theology, Practical

Preaching and teaching a gospel harmony of Christ's passion at First Christian Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Author
Robert Roger Peadro
Abstract
This ministry praxis studies the use of a Harmony of Christ's Passion to help participants develop a better understanding of the sequence of events and influences surrounding the last two days of Jesus' life. The director translated the Passion Harmony into "everyday language," led a seven-part Bible study, and preached a sermon series utilizing the "new text." Participants and congregants evaluated the Bible studies and sermons to assess the effectiveness of the presentations. The evaluations indicated the participants grew in their understanding of the Passion and possibly deepened their faith.

The role of practical theology in helping to understand congregations after leadership misconduct of a non-sexual nature?

Author
James N Cotten
Abstract
Congregations in crisis may find themselves unable to manage events or regain a sense of healthy community. When a congregation undergoes change, it is in reality being renamed, redefined. The author states that both clergy and congregations must pause to reflect on who they are in relationship to God to prepare for the transformative work that God is calling them to do. Congregations that engage in Practical Theology are better able to manage change and conflict and may even be able to recognize and prevent misconduct. With that understanding they can create positive transformation, even in the midst of suffering.

Living from the inside out

Author
Gerald A Haynes
Abstract
Despite the varying understandings of spirituality and 2000 years of cultural diversity and denominational divisions, a remarkable consensus emerges regarding the essentials of the Christian life. Particular activities characterize the faithful but the activities themselves are inadequate to define the faithful. It is faith, love, humility, and obedience from their hearts, which give vitality to the individuals and define true spirituality. This thesis pursues the relationship between love, faith, humility, and obedience. Then the exercise of these qualities in the outworking of theology through devotion to scriptures, fellowship, communion, and prayer is examined. The result is a manual of spirituality suitable for new Christians with footnotes and resources for pastors and leaders.

A critical analysis of the discipleship training program of Sarang Community Church

Author
Il Seung Kim
Abstract
The discipleship training program of Sarang Community Church is an effective tool in helping churches grow healthy because it trains laypeople to become leaders who will eventually become partners-in-ministry. To prove the effectiveness of the discipleship program, the author critically analyzed and evaluated the program.

Conceptualizing and actualizing a collaborative holistic caring ministry using two projects in Richmond Hill Christian Community Church, Toronto, Canada

Author
Gloria Kit Ma
Abstract
To address the challenges of ministry and resource constraints, the leaders of Richmond Hill Christian Community Church (RHCCC) have taken steps to improve the execution of a holistic caring ministry by transitioning towards a collaborative and incarnational ministry of care. This study examines the approach taken by RHCCC. Strategic planning was employed. A Caring Ministry Handbook was developed to promote clarification and collaboration in ministry strategy, alignment and operation. An action research was adopted using two pilot programs, integrating pastoral care and discipleship, to address people's bio-psycho-socio-spiritual well-being. Lay Christian counselling and parish nursing were involved in the process.

Constructing a practical theology of bioethics

Author
Elizabeth Marie Mahan
Abstract
Health care ministry is increasingly complex in the face of medical advances. Through the use of two case studies, one medical and one biblical, this thesis explores new ways of thinking through ethical challenges at the bedside. Drawing primarily on H. Richard Niebuhr's theological ethics, virtue ethics, and postmodern analysis, this thesis constructs a contextual, postmodern practical theology of bioethics. It proposes new ministry practices in bioethics. It calls for collaboration among bioethical methods to create a fitting response to challenging situations. It concludes with proposed trajectories for the ongoing work of responsible and responsive bioethics.

Self-centered worship to theocentric worship: a practical and theological guide for transforming worship at Life Baptist Church

Author
Frederick A Wilson
Abstract
This project presents worship as a personal offering to God for who God is and not for what God does. It examines the essential elements of worship by developing and teaching a small focus group who in turn took what they learned and demonstrated with intentionality various acts of worship during subsequent Sunday worship services. To 'influence' a larger group, the congregation. This project transformed the worship dynamics of Life Baptist Church. More congregants actively participate in the worship experience.

The perichoretic pulpit: taking preaching from great to extraordinary

Author
Laura Renee Holck
Abstract
This paper challenges the notion that preachers either have it or they don't and explores the nature of preaching as perichoresis, and encounter among God, preacher, and hearers. Drawing on the discovery of weaknesses and strengths in the author's personal long-term and pulpit supply preaching experiences, this paper details a process whereby any preacher can take his or her preaching from good to great to extraordinary.

Church conflict from a pastoral perspective: faithfully balanced and effective leadership

Author
Norman L Story
Abstract
This learning project explores practical and theological aspects of church conflict from a pastor's perspective. My research focused upon three areas of exploration: is God always present; can effective pastoral leadership skills be identified; and is balanced leadership in the church driven by sound theology? My purpose was to learn more about pastoral leadership as it relates to the life and mission of the church during times of disagreement and conflict. From Scripture, I focused on Moses as a model leader who faithfully led the people of God along a difficult journey of change, conflict and reconciliation. Building on a foundation of readings about pastoral leadership and church conflict, along with business management resources, my strategy was to prepare a series of questions to help guide my interviews with other pastors. These interviews helped me test, evaluate and clarify my learning and understanding of the written resources I consulted.

Preaching and spiritual formation: this is the fast I choose

Author
Raymond Miller
Abstract
The aim of this study was to reintroduce through preaching, the ancient spiritual practice of fasting to our churches. The author chose the season of Lent to preach a series of sermons in his congregation on the subject of fasting. The results of the study of the author's congregation reveal what was expected, and that is that there is still much resistance in today's world to fasing and if this ancient practice is to be reclaimed that much more remains to be done.
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