Florida

Investigating and Increasing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Children’s Ministry at Victory Church of Melbourne, Florida

Author
Stanley R Patton D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the children’s ministry at Victory Church of Melbourne, Florida, a growing multicultural and multigenerational church. Conversations with the children’s ministry team, parents, child participants, and the senior pastor of Victory indicated that changes needed to be implemented in order to grow the ministry. This project used a case study methodology, focusing on a church with similar demographics as Victory, to discover the underlying factors needed to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Victory’s children’s ministry. To test the working theory that an increase in resources, team leadership, and parental involvement leads to increased effectiveness and efficiency, surveys were sent to three children’s ministry leaders from the case study church. Interviews were then conducted to follow up on survey responses. The resulting quantitative and qualitative data was analyzed using the Qualtrics platform. The findings suggest that there are five components needed to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the children’s ministry at Victory Church: a vision/philosophy of children’s ministry based on the great commission; adequate resources/funding for the children’s ministry; key staff leadership; parental involvement; and strategic planning and the development of organizational systems.

Developing a Student Ministry-Merger Strategy for New Campuses of Family Church, West Palm Beach, Florida

Author
Tyler Core
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a student ministry merger strategy for new campuses of Family Church, West Palm Beach, Florida. The vision of Family Church is to bring the gospel to every family in every neighborhood in South Florida. The pursuit of this vision involves merging with existing churches for the advancement of the gospel. The project director's vision is to develop a strategy that enables Family Church to merge student ministries of new campuses successfully.

The project director will carry this out in four steps. Step one is to explore the external demographics of Southeast Florida in order to identify an area profile. Step two is to explore existing multisite merger models to understand best practices for merging student ministries. Step three is to develop a student ministry merger strategy for new campuses of Family Church. The final step is to present the strategy to the Family Church Executive Team for evaluation.

Preaching as an Element of Transformation and Pastoral Accompaniment in a Multicultural Community in the Midst of a Pandemic

Author
Edwin Cotto-Pérez D.Min.
Abstract
LA PREDICACIÓN COMO ELEMENTO DE TRANSFORMACIÓN Y ACOMPAÑAMIENTO PASTORAL EN MEDIO DE UNA COMUNIDAD MULTICULTURAL EN TIEMPOS DE PANDEMIA

This thesis project has been developed with a qualitative method to respond to the homiletical problem of how preaching can be an essential element in the intentional effort to provide pastoral care that promotes transformation, encouragement, accompaniment, and spiritual care to congregations and community viewers of religious services through Tamiami United Methodist Church in Miami, Florida, USA. The thesis also proposes how the church can become available to care for the pain, grievance, difficulty, and anguish in times of a health emergency and economic contraction such as COVID-19.

Developing a Disciple-making Strategy for Lake Shipp Baptist Church, Winter Haven, Florida

Author
Joe Lemmons
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a disciple-making strategy for Lake Shipp Baptist Church of Winter Haven, Florida. The project director did extensive research in the field of disciple-making and developed an annotated bibliography of resources in the field of disciple-making. Using these resources, the project director developed a report of best practices in the field of disciple-making. Using the report, the project director led a strategy development team through a strategy development process. The strategy development team created a disciple-making strategy specifically designed for Lake Shipp Baptist Church. The completed disciple-making strategy was presented to the church on a Sunday morning.

FORMING GOOD PREACHERS: THE IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRATING LEADING ELEMENTS OF THE FOUR DIMENSIONS OF PRIESTLY FORMATION FOR GOOD PREACHING

Author
Gregg Michael Caggianelli D.Min.
Abstract
Can the integration of leading elements in the four dimensions of priestly formation contribute to the formation of good preachers? Building on the premise that a good preacher is one who is not only competent in the skills needed for good preaching, but is also a person who authentically lives in a way that gives witness to the Gospel preached, the author searches for how these preachers can be formed for our age.

Chapter One explores the intrinsic connection between God’s Word and God’s deeds as the pattern for authentic preaching. The investigation asks whether good seminary formation contributes to the formation of good preachers.

Chapter Two highlights the vision of St. Dominic and introduces the idea of the preacher’s formation using the work of Humbert of Romans. Noting similar patterns in St. Charles Borromeo and St. Vincent de Paul, this chapter leads into the reforms called for from Vatican II until the present. The Church’s formation documents become the foundation for generating an extensive list of specific formation elements identified for development in a candidate during seminary formation.

Chapter Three builds various assessments tools used in the pastoral appropriation, seeking to identify and highlight important formation elements from the four dimensions of priestly formation that contribute to the formation of good preachers.

Chapter Four extensively explores the qualitative and quantitative results, highlighting the significant correlation between the integration of leading elements of priestly formation and improved preaching quality.

Chapter Five suggests five ways for sharing this project’s findings, hoping that this thesis will allow seminary formators to accompany developing preachers in their understanding of how personal reflection across all four dimensions of their seminary formation contributes to their development as preachers able to not only preach well but live as witnesses to the Gospel.

Equipping selected adults of First Baptist Church of Aurantia, Mims, Florida, with personal evangelism skills

Author
Dalton Wayland Cottrell
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults of First Baptist Church of Aurantia, Mims, Florida, with personal evangelism skills. The project began with the project director’s research in the field of personal evangelism. The project director constructed an annotated bibliography based upon the completed research. Using this research, the project director determined essential personal evangelism skills and wrote a report detailing the findings. An expert evaluator in the field of personal evangelism evaluated both the annotate bibliography and the essential personal evangelism skills report.

The next phase of the project involved developing a curriculum to equip selected adults with personal evangelism skills. The project director investigated the curriculum writing process by c0ompleteing the self-guided study, Design for Teaching and training by Leroy Ford. The project director wrote the curriculum after completing the study. An expert evaluator in the field of curriculum writing evaluated both of these steps. The completed curriculum was used to equip selected adults of First Baptist Church of Aurantia, Mims, Florida, in personal evangelism skills.

Equipping selected lay leaders of Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, Miami, Florida, with expository preaching skills

Author
Wadler Jules
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected lay preachers of Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, Miami, Florida, with expository preaching skills. The project director began researching the field of expository preaching to discover essential expository preaching skills. Following the initial research on expository preaching the project director completed a study on curriculum and lesson design and development in order to write a series of lessons on crafting effective expository sermons. These lessons became his guide as he led a series of training sessions to equip the group of selected lay preachers of Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, Miami, Florida, with expository preaching skills.

Equipping selected adults from Immanuel Baptist Church, Pace, Florida, in invitation counseling

Author
Joshua Guy Wilson D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults from Immanuel Baptist Church, Pace, Florida, in invitation counseling. The project director accomplished the project by exploring the field of invitation counseling, developing a curriculum of essentials needed for invitation counseling, and equipping selected adults to practice invitation counseling. The project director then trained the selected adults using the equipping model. The end result was a group of selected adults who now better understand the essentials of invitation counseling and who can implement them into invitation counseling situations in the future. The overall aim of the project was to enhance the knowledge and skill sets of both of selected adults from Immanuel Baptist Church as well as the project director himself.

Developing a church revitalization strategy for Bethel Baptist Church, Trenton, Florida

Author
Stephen M Ahrens
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop a church revitalization strategy for Bethel Baptist Church, Trenton, Florida. The project director explored the field of church revitalization in order to determine best-practices. The project director researched the literature and practices of both the Southern Baptist Convention and other denominations to gather information and strategies of revitalization of the church. He then investigated the internal and external demographics of Bethel Baptist Church, Trenton, Florida. The project director selected church members to serve on a church revitalization strategy development team. He chose members who were involved in a wide range of ministries in Bethel Baptist Church. He trained the members of the strategy development team and led them through a chosen strategy development process to create a step-by-step church revitalization strategy. The project director then presented the church revitalization strategy to the church council, deacons, and the entire Bethel Baptist Church for approval.

Developing a strategy to assimilate millennials into First Baptist Church of Minneola, Minneola, Florida

Author
Timothy Glenn Burdick
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to provide First Baptist Church of Minneola, in Minneola, Florida, a strategy to assimilate millennials. First Baptist Church of Minneoloa is a sixty-year-old church that grew in membership during the late nineteen seventies into the nineteen nineties. After that period of growth, the church began to lose members. Through research and communication with a select group of church members, a four=part strategy proposal was created and presented to the church. The strategy focused on the church becoming more invitational, improving a guest’s first visit, changing stereotypical perceptions and perspectives, and hearing the concerns of millennial families. This project report also includes an evaluation of the project goals and personal goals of the project director.
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