Arkansas

Lives Aglow: A Study of the Vocational Lives and Testimonies of Congregational Leaders at First United Methodist Church

Author
William Cato D.Min.
Abstract
This project addressed a lack of opportunities for Christian vocational discernment at First United Methodist Church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (FUMCA). The research question asked what effect, if any, the public speech of leaders would have on the vocational self-understanding of congregants. The hypothesis postulated that the public testimonies of congregational leaders, coupled with a sermon series, would produce an increase in the percentage of congregants who identify as called to participate in God’s redemptive work. While the hypothesis could not be substantiated, the project produced vocational agitation among congregants. Results indicated the need for follow-up measures to sustain lasting change.

Developing a Strategy of Spiritual Enhancement for Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Guy, Arkansas

Author
Timothy R Brewer
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy to enhance the spiritual health of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Guy, Arkansas (MOBC). The project director explored the demographics of Guy, Arkansas, and the surrounding communities; analyzed the historical profile of MOBC; proposed a working definition of "spiritual health" by exploring existing models of spiritual health enhancement; developed a spiritual health enhancement strategy for MOBC; and presented the strategy to MOBC. The project director utilized a strategy model for this project.

The strategy was completed by meeting four goals for this project. The project director (1) explored the demographics surrounding MOBC, (2) examined existing models of spiritual health enhancement, (3) led a team in developing a spiritual health enhancement strategy for MOBC, and (4) presented the spiritual health enhancement strategy model to the congregation of MOBC for approval and endorsement.

USING THE TRUTHS EMBODIED IN THE LORD’S PRAYER TO DISCIPLE NEW

BELIEVERS AT THE SUMMIT CHURCH, SALINE COUNTY,

BENTON, ARKANSAS

Author
Phillip Zachary Reno D.Min.
Abstract
The thesis of the praxis director’s ministry praxis was to use the theological truths embodied within the Lord’s Prayer for the purpose of discipleship of new believers at the Summit Church, Saline County, in Benton Arkansas. The director’s method of research was to identify the doctrinal truths within the Lord’s Prayer through an exegesis of the text as well as researching historical uses of the Lord’s Prayer for discipleship. The director developed and presented a teaching curriculum based on the doctrinal truths of the Lord’s Prayer to new believers within his church context. The praxis director concluded that using the truths of the Lord’s Prayer in the discipleship process of new believers was greatly beneficial.

EQUIPPING SELECTED PASTORS OF BARTHOLOMEW BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS WITH CHURCH REVITALIZATION SKILLS

Author
David O Mitchell
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip selected pastors in Bartholomew Baptist Association, southeast Arkansas, with church revitalization skills. Through a workshop, selected pastors will learn relevant skills in church revitalization discovered during the research phase of this project. An annotated bibliography will be produced to serve as the source material for the workshop. A questionnaire will be given to the pastors concerning revitalization skills prior to the start of the workshop. The workshop will assist the participants in increasing their understanding of the field of church revitalization and some of the needed skills in church revitalization. At the conclusion of the workshop, an evaluation form will be given to the workshop participants for their evaluation of the workshop.

The presence of the holy

Author
Leslie F Belden
Abstract
Where is God? This research attempts to give new ways of searching for the presence of the Holy by exploring the intersection of theology, the faith stories of five congregations in the Presbytery of Arkansas, and the architecture of the building complexes of those congregations. The research employed the method of qualitative analysis to find recurrent themes in the faith stories of the congregations as told by long-time members, analyzing those stories through the lens of Reformed theology, and contrasting those findings with the church's architectural expression of faith. The study found that each congregation expresses its faith in unique ways, both in story form as well as structurally, but that Presbyterians need reinforcement of our verbal vocabulary to articulate how we understand the Holy to be among us as a particularly called people of God. Our spaces and places give us tools for expressing our faith if we will spend the time and energy to learn the language.
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