Workshops (Adult education)

Let all Who Are Hungry Come and Eat - "In Good Faith": Intentional Interreligious Encounter and the Spirit of Hospitality

Author
Chava Stacie Bahle D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis-project explores participant experiences in a long-term Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue program. Examined through the theological quests for truth, love and peace, participants reflected on their experiences, placing those experiences in conversation with sacred texts and images from their home traditions. T'shuvah, the Jewish theological act of turning toward the holy, is explored as a transtemporal, liberative and conciliatory gesture, through which the program might create change in the participants' sense of self and other. Reflective storytelling as a method is explored in depth.
The author theorizes that t’shuvah did in fact occur, according to participant interviews. T’shuvah in an interreligious dialogue setting may occur in part because of: the phenomenon of multiple “Us-es,” according to the neurobiology theories of Robert Sapolsky; contact theories through dialogue; and the structure of gatherings proposed by Priya Parker. Ethical considerations of intentional interreligious engagement, especially historical wounds and vulnerability, are also discussed.
The thesis-project used semi-structured, one on one interviews, and applied a novel, four step Jewish theological reflection method conceived by the author: p’shat, thick descriptions of “what happened”; d’rash, placing those experiences in dialogue with sacred texts and images; t’shuvah, how the experiences may have created individual and cosmic repair among the dialogue partners; and k’dushah, exploring whether and how participation in the program translated into action in the world outside the program. Framing the interviews through the lens of “participant as storyteller” is explored in detail as a potential contribution to sacralizing the lived experience of the program.
The rich imageries of shared ancestry, meeting at table, fellow travelers and learning in the presence of the other inform the conclusion that the intentional interreligious engagement of this program may create tikkunim (repairs) in both individual and group to group relationships among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Marriage enrichment: an evaluation of a Sanctus Ministries weekend seminar

Author
Johnnie W Cordova
Abstract
This researcher participated in a marriage enrichment workshop, Sanctus Ministries weekend seminar. This paper employed a case study methodology, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. This researcher sought to discover the impact the Sanctus Ministries seminar had on married couples. A study of the methods and philosophy of the Marriage Enrichment (ME) movement was researched to ascertain the kinship that Sanctus had to other marriage enrichment organizations. The results of the case revealed that Sanctus maintained the primary emphasis of the ME movement, which was to help healthy couples acquire skills to make their marriages better.

Equipping selected members of Liberty Grove Baptist Church, Jackson, Tennessee, in small group leadership skills.

Author
Michael Shannon Moses
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of Liberty Grove Baptist Church, Jackson, Tennessee, in small group leadership skills. The project director began by researching the field of small group ministry and compiling an annotated bibliography of resources dealing specifically with small group leadership skills. He then surveyed a selected number of churches to determine the best practices for equipping small-group leaders. The project director utilized the research to develop a curriculum that he taught during a weekend workshop. The workshop consisted of six sessions with each lasting one hour. The project director equipped selected members of Liberty Grove Baptist Church with small group leadership skills during the workshop.

Equipping selected church leaders in Louisiana Baptist Convention churches to become disciplers of adults

Author
Jeffrey L Ingram
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip pastors, ministers, and lay leaders from selected churches in the Louisiana Baptist Convention in a model they can use in their churches to disciple adults to become disciplers of other adults. Research was compiled from various contexts of churches and ministries. The transmission of this information was in the form of a workshop to a specific enlisted group of church leaders to equip them with models of adult discipleship they can employ in their ministry context. Twelve church leaders participated in the seminar. A post-test of session content and a learner evaluation was administerd to the participants at the end of the seminar.

Equipping selected members of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Tennessee, in personal evangelism skills

Author
William B Camp
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Tennessee, in personal evangelism skills. The project began with the project director's research in the field of personal evangelism. The project director utilized the research to develop teaching plans and conduct a workshop in order to equip selected members in personal evangelism skills. The project concluded with the project director's evaluation of a post-test and two evangelism encounters by the selected members of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Equipping a selected group of pastors and church leaders in Lake County Baptist Association, Lake County, Illinois, in vision development skills

Author
Daryl R Stagg
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to equip a selected group of pastors and church leaders in Lake County Baptist Association in Lake County, Illinois, in vision development skills. The components of the project included researching the field of vision development, surveying pastors in associations that participated in an Associational Diagnostic Assessment, designing training materials to increase vision skills, and finally, leading a workshop to enhance vision development skills. The project director utilized the equipping model for this project.

Preparing a selected group of young men of the Liberty Baptist Church of New Albany, Mississippi, to consider vocational ministry

Author
Steven S Davis
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to prepare a selected group of young men of the Liberty Baptist Church of New Albany, Mississippi to consider vocational ministry. The project director developed an equipping guide, a teaching plan, and a PowerPoint presentation under the supervision of several professionals in the field and utilized them all during a weekend equipping workshop. The project director designed and administered a series of pre and post-tests to measure the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor effectiveness of the workshop. At the completion of the workshop, he evaluated the tests under the supervision of a professional in the field. The evaluations of the tests affirmed the workshop as a success. The project director hopes to repeat the Equipping for Ministry Workshop as often as needed in future ministry needs.

Equipping selected leaders of Rowan Southern Baptist Association, Salisbury, North Carolina to implement a missions mobilization strategy

Author
Brent D Barker
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of Rowan Southern Baptist Association, Salisbury, North Carolina to implement a missions mobilization strategy. The components of the project included researching current missions mobilization strategies, developing a workshop to equip selected leaders to implement a missions mobilization strategy, and equipping the selected leaders to implement the missions mobilization strategy. Experts were enlisted to help establish a standard for both research and workshop component quality. The project director's professional goals included increasing the project director's knowledge of missions mobilization strategies and skills in instructional theory and practice. A Sogaard Scale assessment, expert observation and evaluation, and a consensus vote of workshop participants to move forward with implementation of the missions mobilization strategy were used to determine whether or not intended project goals were satisfied.

Does ministry have to hurt so much? helpful observationa from the life of Jesus

Author
Charles Exter Hardy
Abstract
The project's premise is there exists a prevalent myth among Christians that self-care is selfishly wrong. Research was conducted on the topics of self-care and burnout. An examination of the Gospels had as a goal finding a model of self-care in Jesus' life. An attempt was made to reconcile the command to "deny self" and "to love your neighbor as yourself". A course involving self-care techniques and examples from the life of Jesus was developed and taught to seventeen laity. The evaluation submitted by these participants indicated their growth in the knowledge of self-care and their comfort with performing self-care.

A post-marital church workshop for new parents

Author
Kimberly Susanne Dickerson-Oard
Abstract
The project evolved from the question: "how can the church offer a post-marital group educational experience to support couples experiencing what researchers say is the first real challenge to marriage -- the birth of the first child?" The hypothesis was that through the creation of a four-part workshop focusing on better understanding the challenges of starting a family, family of origin issues, solution focused theory, and the rewriting of marriage vows, the couples would better handle the transition stress. The hypothesis was proven correct. With the creation of this workshop, its members reported being better able to maneuver through this transition.
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