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TRAINING CHURCH MEMBERS FOR PERSONAL EVANGELISM IN A SECULAR POST-CHRISTIAN CONTEXT

Author
Gavin Perkins D.Min.
Abstract
The author’s chief goal in this project was to produce and pilot a useful and effective resource in training believers in personal evangelism. Although he conducted the field work during COVID-19 lockdowns and disruption that goal was substantially achieved.

Biblical study, theological reflection, and sociological insights formed the foundation for the author’s development of the training course. That research shaped a congregational survey regarding attitudes to personal evangelism, which in turn fed into an expert sample of ministry leaders and evangelistic trainers. In the light of these inputs the author wrote and piloted a four-week evangelistic training course. Course participant responses enabled the author to make a preliminary assessment regarding the effectiveness of the training course.

The author then suggested a trajectory along which he could develop the course, and supplement it with additional support and resources. He also mapped out a ministry plan for the construction of an evangelistic ecosystem within a local church, incorporating an adapted version of the piloted course alongside additional groups and further input.

The needs identified in this project regarding evangelistic training were greater than could be met in a short four-week course, but the author identified sufficient reasons for confidence that, alongside further ministry inputs, such a course could play a vital part in shifting a church’s culture in a more evangelistic direction.

Developing an Islam Mission Strategy for Rasimpasa International Church, Istanbul, Turkey

Author
Kwangmyeon Kim
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop an Islam mission strategy for Rasimpasa International Church which is located in Istanbul, the political and economic center of the Islamic Republic of Turkey. For this Islam mission strategy development model, the project director first studied the areas of professional strategic planning and development for church planting and studied theories and practical application cases for Islam mission in order to establish and develop general strategic planning concerning church planting. Second, throughout the process of this study, the project director identified theoretical bases for Rasimpasa International Church to actively participate in the Islam mission ministry and developed a specific Islam mission strategy that can be applied in this situation of the church in Istanbul, Turkey. Third, the project director presented a developed Islam mission strategy for approval to selected group of leaders of Rasimpasa International Church. It also reflected the objective evaluation of experts on the achievement of the presented misistry goals and professional goals for this project. Lastly, the project director made suggestions for the deep and good practice through analysis and reflections after the preparation, and implementation and evaluation process for the Islam mission strategy development model.

A study of Bible study for formation of Christian identity of the North Korean refugees

Author
Ye Yeong Park
Abstract
This thesis begins with raising question of how to overcome the identity crisis of North Korean refugees as the reunification is drawing closer. From the sense of difference, this paper analyses the identity crisis of North Korean refugees who are currently residing in South Korea and observe how they become surmounting the conflict through bible studies. North Korean Refugees will play a critical role as a bridge in interaction with North Koreans as the reunification is coming closer. Accordingly, this paper aims to prove that North Korean Refugee Christians, who have experienced both systems of socialism and capitalism, are right persons to be acted a medium that eventually connects Two Koreas.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Can You Hear My Voice?

Author
Hall Erin R
Abstract
The thesis of this project argues that testimony is a meaningful experience to evoke transformation in Christian education. The podcast created for this project offered a model of how engaging story can lead to transformation. This project also invited a congregation to experience the practice and interpretation of testimony as a way to encounter incarnation as a means of Christian formation. The thesis was proven through the use of a podcast series that invited a congregation to experience transformation.

Developing a missional, evangelistic culture in the local church

Author
Donald R Kerns
Abstract
Congregational leaders took part in an intervention ("Salt, Light, and All the BELLS") to model, teach, and coach participants toward greater evangelistic commitment, knowledge, and practice. The intent was that changes in them will make Advent Presbyterian's church culture more evangelistic. Participants' relationship to evangelism, experience in the class, and efforts to witness were studied within a phenomenological framework, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative results were inconclusive, due primarily to the sample size. Qualitative content analysis of participant statements and actions, however, yielded positive results. Leaders experienced increasees in their skills, knowledge, confidence, and practice of evangelism.

Church Growth Principles and Applications from the Book of Acts

Author
Chi-Hung Liao
Abstract
The foundation of this research comes from the Book of Acts. As the first witnesses of Christ's ascension, the disciples were overjoyed. They remembered the lessons taught by Jesus. On Pentecost, the disciples waited for the filling of the Holy Spirit. After experiencing the power of God's Spirit, they began to testify that Jesus is the Christ. Wherever they went they shared about the salvation of grace through Jesus only. This is the testimony that the 21st century church coveted.

Equipping selected leaders of Second Baptist Church, Conway, Arkansas, in personal evangelism skills

Author
Kyle J Seal
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip selected leaders of Second Baptist Church, Conway, Arkansas, in personal evangelism skills. The project begins with research in the field of personal evangelism. The project director will use the research to develop teaching curriculum in order to equip selected members of Second Baptist Church, Conway, Arkansas in personal evangelism skills.

Leading Baptist collegiate ministers to integrate spiritual discipline that will produce an increase in spiritual conversations with those who do not know Jesus

Author
J Kirk Ritchey
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to lead collegiate ministers in the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South jersey to integrate spiritual discipline into their lives that would hopefully produce an increase in spiritual conversations with those who do not know Jesus Christ. This project required a two day retreat followed by practicing a six week customized plan of spiritual discipline. The project also involved looking at spiritual temperament as a means to develop spiritual discipline that would aid the participants in experiencing God in a fresh way.The purpose of this project was to lead collegiate ministers in the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South jersey to integrate spiritual discipline into their lives that would hopefully produce an increase in spiritual conversations with those who do not know Jesus Christ. This project required a two day retreat followed by practicing a six week customized plan of spiritual discipline. The project also involved looking at spiritual temperament as a means to develop spiritual discipline that would aid the participants in experiencing God in a fresh way.

Equipping selected members of the Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Gilmer, Texas in a strategy of personal evangelism

Author
Fredrick Lewis Combs
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip a selected group of committed believers of the Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Gilmer, Texas, to become involved in a strategy or method of personal evangelism to witness and evangelism to the unsaved in their homes before spreading abroad. The project utitlized the format derived from F.A.I.T.H. Evangelism 1 course, whose acronym stands for Forgiveness, Available, Impossible, Turn, and Heaven. The group is committed to becoming the facilitators of the next phase of evangelism training.

Equipping selected members of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Mauvilla, Eight Mile, Alabama, to share their Christian faith in a primarily African-American community

Author
Alphonso Brady
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip selected leaders of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eight Mile, Alabama, to share their Christian faith in a primarily African-American community. The proposed equipping model will focus on four project goals. The first goal will be to research how to equip selected leaders with techniques on how to share their Christian faith. The second goal will be to develop lesson plans, use a triad model, and prepare seminars to equip these leaders with these skills. The third goal will be to assist these leaders in a field exercise in sharing their faith. In the final goal an evaluation of the model will be conducted, and the design will be implemented into Mt. Olive Church's new membership manual.
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