Worship

Navy chaplains' incorporation of Assemblies of God doctrine into Protestant worship services

Author
Brian C Salter
Abstract
This study examined how Assemblies of God Navy chaplains incorporate their Pentecostal doctrine into Protestant worship services within the military. Social constructivist grounded theory was the method of study. Research found that Assemblies of God Navy chaplains incorporate their doctrine into these worship services by providing altar calls as their primary means.

Vox Sancti Spiriti

Author
Victor J Pergola
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the spiritual life of a select group of Christian professionals in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The chosen method included administration of a pre-test and post-test Likert Scale instrument that was built within an eight session course on spirituality. The results indicated a significant increase in awareness for growth in spirituality. There were three themes of emphasis: a focus on worship and liturgy in congregational groups; a focus on prayerful sharing of Scripture in small group settings; and a refocus on the importance of Scripture for Christian growth.

A study of the First Corinthians from the viewpoint of balance and the pastoral balance required in Tampa Korean Evangelical Church

Author
Byunguk Lee
Abstract
This paper is about the project I have tried in hopes of preventing another church split after taking a position as the senior pastor at a church that has scars of division. For seven Wednesday worship services, I chose 1 Corinthians as the main text for the sermons. Then the contents of sermons were developed into Bible study materials for different ministry groups. I approached the 1 Corinthians from the perspective of balance. I prepared my weekly messages based on passages with the principle of balance.

Verbal sharing in Sunday morning worship: need and leadership methodology

Author
Gregory Steven Gertz
Abstract
The research questions are: What is the most effective methodology in leading congregational sharing? are there discoverable principles? if so, how do these leadership principles apply to four specific parts of the sharing segment of the service: introduction of sharing to the congregation, contact with the person sharing, support of the person sharing, and response to the person who has shared? the results suggest five principles: 1) Teach the congregation what the Bible says about sharing. 2) Learn to be comfortable during informal worship. 3) Communicate acceptance to all who share. 4) Learn to be personable. 5) Be an encourager.

Love is the rubric: a cultic commentary on 1 Corinthians

Author
Daniel Patrick McGeachy
Abstract
The findings are: 1) 1 Corinthians is a unity, built around the central theme of the church's need to express its joy in the gospel as it upbuilds itself in love; 2) The great hymns to love (13) and resurrection (15) are not extraneous additions, but central expressions of that underlying message; 3) If we are to rediscover this, it is clear that we must build on that same foundation, to wait for and encourage each other, to make room for great difference of taste and doctrine, and to discover our unity in the resurrection. Decency and order may be the necessary machinery for carrying out the task, but our business is joy, and the rubric is love.

Worship: key to renewal

Author
Ronald W Liechty
Abstract
"Worship: Key to Renewal" develops the thesis that worship is the central act of the church, and that, therefore, worship is central to church renewal. Research is based on the formulation of a theology of the church, a theology of worship, and practical surveys of church life by interviewing former parishioners and visiting other congregations for worship. The study leads to the conclusion that churches can find renewal of congregational life and worship. Vital worship is found by acknowledging the centrality of worship, developing a clear theology, and ordering services based on that theological statement.

Blended worship services: an effective tool of reconciliation between the Korean and English Congregations in Joy Korean American Church

Author
Eun Cook Kim
Abstract
This project presents a study of a ministry of worship and reconciliation through blended worship in Joy Korean-American Church in Queens, New York. Many Korean-American churches suffer due to the divisions caused by the generation gap and cultural barriers between the Korean and English-speaking congregations. The Joy Korean-American Church created a model of "blended worship" in order to overcome the disharmony and distrust, and to reconcile the differences of the two congregations. The findings of various socio-cultural issues of Korean-American churches, data collected by survey questionnaire, and resources used in the seminars and retreats were applied to the formation of this model of blended worship.

Exercising the royal priesthood: involving laity in the worship service of Emmanuel Korean Evangelical Church

Author
Chansoon Park
Abstract
This project began when the author realized that members of Emmanuel Mission Church were only "believers," not "worshippers". The author felt that Christians should understand the meaning of worship and also experience it first-hand. The author first researched the Bible, looking for passages that would help him to understand the ways of worship further. The history of worship from the Old Testament was compared with that of the New Testament, and the duties of worship were researched. The members of Emmanuel Mission Church were given a series of seminars and questionnaires every two weeks. As the author charted these seminars and questionnaires, he saw growing progress. The thesis indicates that the church members have grown in their understanding of worship and they now participate more fully in worship, with love and respect for God.

Liberating worship: a liturgy for prison worship services

Author
Jean M Burns
Abstract
The thesis of this project is twofold: liturgy is a rehabilitation tool and as a tool, liturgy can retain its traditional and scriptural basis while adjusting to the pastoral needs of an incarcerated population. This research using Corinne Ware's Spiritual Type Profile, with exit interview survey statistics obtained by the institution, was conducted in a medium/minimum correctional facility which housed approximately 500 adult females. The research concluded that the thesis was correct in this setting and that the importance of worship services as a positive component of the rehabilitation process increased sixty two percent.

From Sitting Around the Table to Setting the Table A New Approach to Church Council Meetings

Author
Eric C Schlichting
Abstract
Stepping into leadership on a church council is a challenging calling. This project demonstrates that the ministry of worship can be used to offer church council members a more clearly focused and more richly rewarding experience of serving in leadership. This intervention introduced a format for meetings based on a pattern for worship, and through mixed-methods research, affirmed that a meeting modeled on worship improves council members' sense of purpose, sense of effectiveness and sense of satisfaction.
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