Worship

The Church as Family Worshipping in Unconventional Settings

Author
Janice L Six
Abstract
The project created opportunities for small group communal worship in unconventional settings among children and adults. The purpose was to identify the ways worship contributes to an awareness of God's presence in all places, and to the understanding of the church as family. The prominent research method employed was the pro-active research method wherein the researcher and participants were actively engaged with one another in a transformative process. As a result, communal worship is understood as an attitude of the heart, and when the Holy Spirit simultaneously tugs at the heart-strings of young and old alike kinship is nurtured.

Revitalization and reconciliation of worship in the Southern District Convocation of the United Holy Church of America

Author
Charles E Lewis
Abstract
The content of this thesis project involves identifying the problem and its setting and presenting a theological framework, literature review, methodology of research, and outcome of the project. Throughout this project the authors' focus is the need to embrace both styles of worship will be shown with the hope of revitalizing worship so that believers and seekers will sense a real worship experience.

Musical instruments and musicians in the worship of the Canadian Reformed Churches

Author
Theodore E Lodder
Abstract
In the Canadian Reformed Churches there is both a shortage of qualified organists and a growing number of musicians who play musical instruments other than the organ, resulting in much discussion and debate about which musical instruments are the most appropriate for worship. A lack of biblical awareness and leadership concerning music in worship, combined with limited or mediocre resources and training, cultural influences, and other factors, have contributed to the present situation. This study explores, analyzes, and critiques this situation on the basis of biblical-theological and confessionally Reformed principles, taking into consideration the historical, philosophical, practical, and pastoral factors related to musical instruments and musicians in worship.

What makes worship most meaningful to the worshiper?

Author
Kent Keller
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand what makes worship most meaningful to the worshiper from the perspective of nine pastors and worship leaders in Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) churches in Miami. This study utilized a qualitative design using semi-structured interviews. The review of literature and analysis of the interviews focused on three key areas that make for maximum impact on the worshiper: intellect, affect, and will. The study concluded that for meaningful worship to happen, the engagement of all three areas is essential, making an impact that continues throughout the week. Otherwise worship will not change lives.

Equipping selected married couples with children of First Baptist Church, Hampton, Arkansas, in family worship disciplines

Author
John C Ritchie
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected married couples with children of First Baptist Church, Hampton, Arkansas, in family worship disciplines. The goal was to utilize information discovered through research about family worship disciplines as it relates to married couples with children to develop a curriculum to equip participants to initiate family worship disciplines. The selected group of married couples received workshop materials, instruction on practicing family worship disciplines, sample curriculum to teach at home, as well as demonstration of families practicing family worship disciplines. The training occurred in five sessions over the course of several weeks. The project resulted in a selected group of married couples with children of First Baptist Church, Hampton, Arkansas, demonstrating their ability to lead in the spiritual discipline of family worship.

Real presence and the cure of souls: worship and sacraments as the foundation of Christian care

Author
Joan Hockaday Watson
Abstract
The focus of this doctoral project was the foundational and formative roles of worship and sacraments in the caring ministry of the church. This ministry seeks to engage both care giver and care receiver with Christ whose redeeming presence brings wholeness and wellness. It is a case study involving seven Stephen Ministry leaders. The project explored the understanding of pastoral care as "cure of souls" and the engagement of intentional presence in that cure, Christ's presence and human presence. It explored the nature and efficacy of worship, sacraments, and Christian disciplines in this ministry and found it to be significant.

Dynamics of spiritual health and connection

Author
Richard Allen Johnson
Abstract
This project measured the impact of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations on the spiritual health of congregational leaders. The five-week program was taught to over twenty leaders using prescribed materials. Pre- and post-program questionnaires were administered to assess spiritual health. The questionnaires measured the participant's awareness of the Holy Spirit's presence, time given to spiritual development, value attributed to congregational worship, involvement in lay-supported ministry, and the value they attributed to Christian fellowship. Responses showed some improvement in each of these areas. Recommendations for further study include a longer instruction time and more focus on personal spiritual disciplines and practices.

Can transition lead to transformation?

Author
Christine R Jerrett
Abstract
Traditional mainline congregations need resources as they address the challenges of a changing context. This project focused on a congregation in transition. The author explored the use of resources from the 'missional church' conversation. She used the 'Three Zone Model of Missional Leadership' and 'The Missional Change Model' by Roxburgh and Romanuk in a process of participatory action research. Attention was paid to the role that renewal of baptismal identity and worship play in helping a congregation transition toward missional identity. With appropriate resources, transition can prepare a congregation for the Spirit's transformative work.

Change or die! Worship renewal as a catalyst for transformation

Author
Virginia A McDaniel
Abstract
With the waning of Christendom, an urgent question confronts mainline congregations: how to transform to meet these new circumstances. Worship is one aspect of congregational life where the values of Western secular culture are deeply embedded; changing the expectations surrounding worship may be pivotal for the deeper transformation of congregational culture from an inward, institution-maintaining focus to an outward, missional orientation. This project is a case study of one congregation where such transformation is already underway. While renewal of corporate worship played an essential role, the intentional meshing of worship in every aspect of the congregation's life proved most significant.

Implementation of multi-generational ministry activities and worship for a Korean-American church

Author
Key Young Han
Abstract
Korean churches in America experience enormous gaps between the first generation and the second generation members with language and cultural differences. Well prepared joint worship services and ministries could be implemented to bridge the gaps. Joint worship services with different interpretation methodologies were tested and two joint ministries were conducted. Interviews and questionnaires were used as evaluation mechanisms. Joint worship services could be able to achieve the purpose in conjunction with effective joint ministries. It is also the finding that 1.5 generation can play an important role bridging gaps between the first and second generations.
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