Theology, Practical

Self study guide: the life of Christ

Author
Howard R Whitebred
Abstract
This project is presented as a ten-part study of the life of Christ aimed especially at those persons who are home-bound. Lessons cover: 1. birth and early life; 2. the world in which Jesus lived; 3. beginnings of his ministry; 4. the Galilean ministry; 5. teachings of Jesus; 6. miracles of Jesus; 7. the second period in Galilee; 8. the Perean ministry; 9. the Jerusalem crisis (betrayal, last supper); and 10. the crisis continued (trial, death and resurrection). The purpose of the study is to refresh the memory of lay persons, to sharpen their understanding of the biblical record, and to deepen their faith concerning the greatest life ever lived.

The clergy and chemical dependency: ministering to alcohol and drug related problems

Author
Stephen P Apthorp
Abstract
The purpose of this project is two-fold: first to explain that clergy do not have to be interested in the complexities of alcoholism and drug abuse to be effective pastors and second, to provide practical methods that will help the minister to be efficient in dealing with and preventing chemical problems. This project suggests a suitable role and a proven model the minister can use to promote a parish program of chemical health. Acting as a catalyst, using the redemptive principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, the object is to enlist the enthusiasm of parishioners to create a fellowship where learning, sharing and growth can occur. The unique feature is that three diagnostic instruments are provided to identify chemical dependency. Once that problem is solved, treatment resources are suggested and a referral network is outlined.

Pastoral leadership style in the black church

Author
Ronald Edward Ramsey
Abstract
This project was designed to explore the historical roots and contemporary expressions of pastoral leadership in the context of the black church. The author interviewed local black clergy and surveyed both the black clergy and laity in the city of Columbus, Ohio. This document illustrates the pastoral leadership styles prevalent in the black church, reveals the dominant style of pastoral leadership and articulates a theology of leadership extant and operative in the black church given the black religious experience in America.

Pastoral care of pastors in the call process of the Lutheran Church of Australia

Author
David G Stolz
Abstract
The project has two foci: pastoral care in transition and the particular cause of that transition, the call process of the Lutheran Church of Australia. Three methods are used to discover the pastoral care issues: 1. a start-up instrument from the American Lutheran Church; 2. an emotional response record; and 3. a case study. The project results in the development of a revised call process. This process makes provision for structured pastoral care occasions for all the actors in the call process: the pastor and family who are leaving, the congregation(s), and the pastor and family who are coming.

A case study in congregational vitality and pluralism

Author
Dennis C Sasso
Abstract
This is a historico-ideological study of a large suburban Jewish congregation with dual affiliation with the Conservative and Reconstructionist movements in Judaism. The author examines the interaction of the two major religious ideologies in the life of the congregation focusing on three issues or case studies during his first seven years of service as rabbi of the synagogue. The project reflects the rabbi's pastoral attempts to integrate and harmonize the diversified religious orientations within his congregation while remaining faithful to his theological principles and his efforts to forge a vital, forward looking congregation, aware of its pluralism but committed to unified growth.

The development of a handbook to enable elders of Christian churches-churches of Christ to fulfill their office

Author
Robert M Mink
Abstract
Lay leaders in local church congregations need training to help them fulfill their office and carry out their functions. The purpose of this handbook was to develop a handbook that could be used in training lay elders. The primary research method used was "Creative Studies". "Documentary Studies" were used employing "The Library Survey Method" to develop the material in the handbook. Disciplines used included scripture, early church history, practical theology, and behavioral science. Although the handbook is helpful as a tool for training elders there is a need for additional training material that is more practical.

Caring for the eighties

Author
Charles R Sandum
Abstract
The goal of the project was to discover how the Lakeview Baptist Church intends to grow by caring. The pastor achieved this by appointing four committees. The history committee looked into how the church grew by caring in the past. The theology committee delved into the biblical and theological bases for caring. The community committee studied the community and its need for caring. The planning committee then took the work of the other three committees and developed three to five years of caring plans. A motto and logo about caring were also created.

Strategy development: mobilizing for mission in the local church

Author
Thomas D Hanover
Abstract
The administrative council of the Calvary United Methodist Church, Van Wert, Ohio, selected a group of people with regard to representation of the congregation and contribution to the program. This group, project associates, led by the author, met to identify theological perspectives of the congregation, examine sociological information about the community and to formulate a strategy for ministry. This strategy will direct the church in decisions concerning programming, staff and leadership, and use of facilities. The project also explored topics such as church health, the significance of story, grief and change, and collegiality-leadership issues.

The denominalization of commonly used theological terms in the context of marital therapy

Author
Angelo Giannitelli
Abstract
This study examines the process by which nominalized theological terms are linquisticlly transformed from event words or nouns to process words or verbs. The context of the study is marital therapy. The possibility of denominalizing commonly used theological terms in the context of marital therapy hopes to give each member of the union additional choices over his-her communication and reconciliatory processes. Evaluation of this experiment was pursued by subjective means with an emphasis on clinical observation. While this may limit the claims that can be made, the project outcomes appear to justify the hopes expressed in the thesis.

Helping ministries handbook

Author
Charles Y Furness
Abstract
"Helps" (1 Corinthians 12:28) are part of local church helping ministries. Understanding helping ministries comprises one aspect of practical theology. Christian social responsibility calls for development of service gifts for doing good to persons outside as well as within the church body (Galatians 6:10). Biblical, theological and historical roots of helping persons in need undergird methods and procedures of implementation. Helping and loving for Jesus' sake include counseling, material assistance, and the use of referrals, as opportunity arises (Ephesians 5:16). Recruitment, mobilization and training for effective helping follow as each Christian participates in helping ministries as a normal part of service.
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