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.

Behold, I make all things new: mission as catalyst for revitalization

Author
Carl Thomas Jackson
Abstract
This project develops a model for church revitalization. The model is worship, spirit and mission. Any church must offer its worshipers a quality worship experience, i.e., clear readings of the Word with understandable and inspired proclamation. Worship must be conducted in a manner that the presence of God will be felt by the worshipers. Then the people must be sent to do God's work. It is this inspired mission sense that will draw the people together and revitalize the church. This is the Lord's post-resurectional command that we "go and make disciples." We are to follow this directive.

Household worship: life after the benediction

Author
Carlton W Utley
Abstract
The author traces the decline of daily household worship and argues that in a postmodern intellectual climate and within a dominant material culture the Church has an opportunity and obligation to reintroduce household worship as a spiritual discipline. The author presents an introduction to household worship and printed materials for use in the home. Research follows the congregation's use of and response to the materials, finding widespread initial interest in household worship, but great difficulty in implementing new rituals that do not meaningfully connect with our dominant cultural values.

Contemporary worship as a tool for deepening baby boomer's spiritual well-being

Author
Randy H Rowlan
Abstract
The purpose of the following research is to evaluate the effects of a contemporary worship service on the spiritual well-being of baby boomers at Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas. This research sought to identify the basic components of Christian worship. Characteristics of baby boomers were identified and a model of worship was created for them that was built upon the foundation of the early church and the first years of the Methodist Church. A t-test and a two-way ANOVA were used to analyze the Existential and Religious Well-being subscales. The results do not demonstrate a significant increase in spiritual well-being as a result of participating in a contemporary worship service.

Worship as an expression of the word: finding common ground for Christ-centered worship

Author
David F Pendleton
Abstract
The purpose of this research was to evaluate the historical four-fold pattern of worship as a common ground for Christ-centered worship in the Church of the Nazarene. The project was an evaluation study in quasi-experimental mode utilizing a pretest-posttest design with no comparison group. The results of the research do reflect a general receptivity to the four-fold pattern but there was little indication for substantiating this pattern as a common ground for worship in the Church of the Nazarene. The author concludes that this process would take longer to establish as a model for worship.

Developing a worship team to strengthen Sunday worship at First Baptist Church, Humble, Texas

Author
Randy C Lind
Abstract
This project examined the team approach to worship planning to strengthen the Sunday worship at First Baptist Church, Humble, Texas. Methods used to accomplish the goal of the project included the use of an equipping module that helped to build the concept of team ministry and provide a foundation of knowledge. This was done through a series of weekly seminars. Qualitative surveys, pre- and post-tests, as well as questionnaires, were used. Responses of the congregation indicate that the model of team ministry resonates well with the church and with Scripture. Team ministry enables the church, and empowers both Pastor and laity alike to use their gifts in the body of Christ.

Worship renewal in the light of spiritual gifts

Author
Lucien E Fortier
Abstract
Worship is a dynamic encounter between God and people, which includes service rendered to God. True worship extends beyond mere church attendance. The popular term "worship service" has biblical roots, suggesting the idea of actively serving God as an expression of genuine worship. This project calls the church to worship renewal by involving the congregation in worshipful service. The project utilizes a "field guide" designed to assist worshippers in serving from the vantage point of spiritual gifts. Worship renewal is observed from several indicators including: enthusiasm in worshipful service, urgency for evangelism, and testimonies concerning the power of genuine worship.

Equipping Christians to incorporate the Old Testament names of God in the praise aspect of prayer and worship

Author
Donald S Boyd
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip Christians to offer knowledgeable praise to God in prayer and worship by incorporating the Old Testament names of God. The project participant will study sixteen Old Testament names of God in the context of Scripture and will learn how God was revealing an aspect of his character in each name. The study will define praise and its significant role in prayer and worship. The learner will be led through this course of study to use the Old Testament names of God as a guide in offering prayers of praise to enhance personal and corporate worship. The long-term goal of this project is to encourage people to pray and worship more frequently, more knowledgeably, more meaningfully, and more effectively, understanding the significance and content of biblical praise. As a result of increased and informed prayer and worship, the writer desires to see more of the person and power of God manifested among his people.

Worship: structure and freedom in celebration of God; a course in worship

Author
Nancy M Turner
Abstract
This project, a foundational worship course designed for Master of Divinity students at a highly ecumenical seminary, proposes that students, including those from non-liturgical traditions, benefit from a thorough grounding in the traditional structures and history of worship as part of their ministerial formation. Research for the course originated from extended interviews with seminary professors currently teaching in ecumenical institutions. Research discloses the need for critical reflection of early church models and theological foundations of worship and liturgy. Project includes interview questions and summary, outline of worship course and extended bibliography.
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