Louisiana

Equipando a los lideres seleccionados de la Iglesia Bautista Cristo Redentor, Mandeville, Louisiana, con las habilidades esenciales de formacion de la cosmovision Cristiana

Author
Victor Humberto Medina
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip a group of selected leaders from the Christ the Redeemer Baptist Church, located in Mandeville, Louisiana, with the essential skills for the formation of the Christian worldview. The first part of the project was to investigate the field of a Christian worldview and its impact on discipleship. Subsequently, once the investigation was completed, the project director identified six central doctrines for a Christian worldview essential to move forward to the next step, which consisted in the design of a Christian worldview curriculum that was imparted to the group for six weeks to the selected local church leaders. The training served to educate leaders involved in the discipleship from the Christ the Redeemer Baptist Church.

Developing a mentoring strategy for African-American church planters for the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Author
Steven Beckham
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to offer a strategy that was used by church planters in the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which were primarily led by African-Americans. The strategy helped the church planter with some best practices that worked for others. The strategy model found in the current New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Project in Ministry Handbook was the model used to facilitate the project.

A wide range of resources were used to gain a fundamental understanding of mentoring strategy programs across a broad spectrum of denominations. The project director utilized this information to build a mentoring strategy for the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge
(BAGBR) and the wide array of African-American church plants that it serves. The strategy served as a training tool to guide new African-American church plants as they evolved into healthy churches.

Developing a vision-driven leadership strategy for Calvary Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author
Lloyd Beaudoin Waldrep D.Min.
Abstract
the purpose of the project was to develop a vision-driven leadership strategy for Calvary Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. The model for this project was the strategy model. The project director compared the demographics of the surrounding community to the demographics of the current leadership. The project director then researched vision-driven leadership strategies and provided a report on best practices. Third, the project director developed a vision-driven leadership strategy. Finally, the project director presented the strategy to deacons and church congregation for approval.

The project sought to expand on the project by Pastor Michael Carney in 2015 which established the vision, mission, and core values of Calvary baptist church. the vision-driven leadership strategy served as a further implementation and development of the vision. The project director served as a strategic leadership team member in 2015 and saw the need to expand the vision into a strategic leadership development strategy.

The project director sought to increase the number of church members involved in leadership while developing and growing the current leaders of the church. the project director believed an intentional strategy would accomplish this for the church.

Developing a revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Amite, Louisiana

Author
Doyle k Waldrop III D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Amite, Louisiana (FBCA). The first step was an internal analysis of the congregation of FBCA. Statistical information was gathered from the Annual Church Profile reports and insights gained from the project director's tenure as pastor. The analysis also included an assessment of the congregation of FBCA. The insight and assessment results were shared with the Vision Committee of FBCA, which served the project as strategy-planning team. The team assisted the project director in identifying the critical areas of need in the life of FBCA, giving insights and direction for strategy components, and aided the project director in setting goals and action steps for the strategy itself. The project director met with the team in four sessions to accomplish the aforementioned purpose. The revitalization strategy for FBCA was presented to the deacons of FBCA for approval.

Researching cross-cultural communication theory to equip short-term mission teams from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary serving in rural India

Author
William Boyd Guy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research cross-cultural communication theory to equip short-term mission teams from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary serving in rural India. The emphasis of this project was to utilize cross-cultural communication theory as it pertains to ministry in the rural-cultural context of Indian villages. The need exists to equip individuals serving on mission trips to rural India for effective cross-cultural communication for which few models currently exist. This project begins with the project director’s research an ends with the development of curriculum to meet this need. Due to time constraints, the results are outside the scope of the project.

Equipping selected members of Chinese Christian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with essential apologetic engagement skills

Author
William L Englehart
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of Chinese Christian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with essential apologetic engagement skills. The project director researched the field of apologetics, chose five apologetic skills, and then prepared file lessons teaching the essential apologetic skills to a select group of college students and working professionals. The project director presented the material in five sessions. Prior to teaching the lessons, and apologetic expert reviewed and evaluated the research for the project, and a curriculum expert reviewed and evaluated the style and content of the curriculum. Those evaluation tools enabled the project director to create an effective resource for equipping young adults in essential apologetic skills.

Developing a church growth strategy for First Baptist Church, Dubach, Louisiana

Author
Cory Brooks Bruce
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church growth strategy for First Baptist Church, Dubach, Louisiana. The project director commissioned a demographic study of First Baptist Church, Dubach, and explored existing church growth strategies. The project director used the demographics data to compose a church growth-potential report. He used the research from existing church g4rowth strategies to create an annotated bibliography and a report entitled Best Possible Growth Strategies for First Baptist Church, Dubach. The project director formed a Church Growth Strategy team that reviewed the research during six team sessions and helped develop a list of church growth strategies that would be most effective at First Baptist Church, Dubach. The project director presented the final strategy to the Deacon Board, Board of Directors, and congregation of First Baptist Church, Dubach, for approval.

Designing a Volunteer Leadership Development Strategy for Northshore Church, Slidell, Louisiana

Author
Andrew R Ogea D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to design a volunteer leadership development strategy for Northshore Church, Slidell, Louisiana. The project director trained a selected team to design a strategy in order to develop volunteer leaders. The strategy included a combination of best practices gleaned from the research of various models of leadership development and a profile of volunteer leadership needs and challenges determined through an internal audit of current volunteer leaders at Northshore Church. The project director concluded the project by presenting the strategy to the Leadership team of Northshore Church for approval.

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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.
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