Louisiana

An Experience in Small Group Spiritual Direction at McGuire United Methodist Church

Author
Cynthia Frances Johnson Hooton D.Min.
Abstract
This research project studied the benefit of developing a Christian formation process at McGuire United Methodist Church in Monroe, Louisiana, focused on developing intimacy with God and the community of faith through small group spiritual direction; the personal prayer practices of journaling, praying the Psalms, Lectio Divina, and centering prayer; and, St. Benedict's monastic virtues of stability, obedience and conversion of life. The flow of spiritual direction included group contemplative silence, a time for each participant to share their journey into God, and a commitment to listen, reflect, and respond to the other group members’ narratives of their journey into God.

Equipping Selected Leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana, in Biblical Discipleship Skills

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana, in biblical discipleship skills. The project director examined research on discipleship, disciple-making, and workshop development. The project director utilized this research to develop teaching plans for the six-essential disciple-making skills workshop. The selected leaders of First Baptist Church, Pitkin, Louisiana were equipped with the skills from the research in a workshop consisting of five-hour-and-thirty-minute sessions from Saturday, June 3, 2017, and continuing each week through July 1, 2017.

Enhancing Apologetic Preaching Skills To Increase Congregational Understanding of Evil and Suffering At Eastwood Baptist Church, Haughton, Louisiana

Author
Russell E Shuler
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to enhance the project director's apologetic preaching skills at Eastwood Baptist Church, Haughton, Louisiana, in order to increase congregational understanding of evil and suffering. This project will be based on the ministry skill enhancement model. The project director will begin by researching the field of apologetics and create an annotated bibliography from resources researched to aid in the design and delivery of apologetic sermons. He also will create a report identifying theological doctrines related to evil and suffering that will serve as essential components necessary to increase understanding of evil and suffering. The project director then will develop a series of apologetic sermons incorporating the essential components identified. He will base each sermon on apologetic principles and will incorporate a specific component deemed necessary for the increasing of congregational understanding of evil and suffering. The project director will preach the series of apologetic sermons at Eastwood Baptist Church. Expert evaluators from the fields of apologetics, theology, and preaching, will assess the bibliography, report, sermons, and actual preaching of the series to ensure the project director fulfills the goals of the project.

Developing a Disciple-Making Strategy for Hope chapel, Jonesboro, Louisiana

Author
Marlon W Black
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a disciple-making strategy for Hope Chapel in Jonesboro, Louisiana. The project director will gather information from a demographic study of the towns of Jonesboro-Hodge. Interviews with local officials will also be conducted in defining the ministry context of Hope Chapel. The director will interview leaders from several churches comparable to Hope Chapel to identify effective disciple-making practices. The project director will work with a project team of six individuals from Hope Chapel to develop a disciple-making strategy. The project team will assist the project director in exploring the demographics and data in and around Jonesboro-Hodge, in identifying disciple-making models of churches with similar characteristics as Hope Chapel, and developing a disciple-making strategy for Hope Chapel. The strategy will be presented to the Board of Directors of Hope Chapel, along with a selected group of church members for approval.

Equipping Selected Members of Fairview Alpha Baptist Church, Coushatta, Louisiana, With Personal Evangelism Skills

Author
Adam Harwood
Abstract
The pupose of the project is to equip selected members of Fairview Alpha Baptist Church, Coushatta, Louisiana, with personal evangelism skills. The project began with the project director's research in the field of personal evangelism. Upon completion of the research, the project director developed and wrote curriculum he used in the equipping of selected members with personal evangelism skills. Once the writing of the curriculum was complete, the project director taught the curriculum in a series of weekly meetings in order to equip selected members of Fairview Alpha Baptist Church, Coushatta, Louisiana, with personal evangelism skills.

Developing a multiethnic church-growth strategy for Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author
Robert Smith D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a multiethnic church-growth strategy for Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana. The strategy model described in the current edition of The Project in Ministry Design Handbook of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was utilized for this project report. Additional purposes of this project were to develop and accomplish project goals and professional goals to strengthen the project director’s strategy development and professional leadership. The project director researched local demographics and cultural dynamics of the Lakeview community to determine ministry tartes for multiethnic church growth. Existing models of churches that include all culture and ethnicities were then explored to determine best practices. The project director and the strategy-writing team proceeded by developing a multiethnic church-growth strategy for Lakeshore Church, which can also be utilized by other individuals, ministries, churches, organization, and networks that are seeking to grow as a diverse congregation.

Equipping selected leaders at Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, with Biblical hospitality practices

Author
George Ross D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders at Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, with biblical hospitality practices. The project director will utilize the equipping model described in the current New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Project in Ministry Design Handbook. Additional purposes of this project were to develop and accomplish project goals and professional goals to strengthen the project director’s curriculum development and professional leadership. The project director researched a wide range of sources to gain fundamental knowledge of biblical hospitality. The project director will use the information to develop a curriculum that can be used by Lakeshore Church, New Orleans, as well as other churches, church planting and replanting networks, North American Mission Board (NAMB), and denominations wishing to implement discipleship programs.
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