Mississippi

Equipping selected leaders at Carterville Baptist Church, Petal, Mississippi, with addiction recovery ministry skills

Author
Stephen Reid Guy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders at Carterville Baptist Church, Petal, Mississippi, with addiction recovery ministry skills. The project director researched the topic of addiction in order to determine skills needed by individuals to minister to those struggling with addiction. Research was completed by using books, journals, websites, periodicals, and expert interviews. The research was used to develop a curriculum that was taught to the selected group in five sessions. participants were evaluated by the utilization of a pre-test and a post-test, role playing, and commitment cards. Two professional goals for this project were to increase the project director’s knowledge on the topic of addiction recovery ministry and to develop a curriculum.

Equipping selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in grief ministry skills

Author
Michael Baker
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church, Blue Mountain, Mississippi, in grief ministry skills. The project director seeks to fulfill three goals for this project. First, to determine the skills necessary for effective grief ministry, he plans to research the field of grief ministry as it applies to ministering to families that have experienced the loss of a loved one. The second goal is to develop a workshop that will equip selected adults of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church with grief ministry skills. The third goal is to present the workshop to the selected adults so that they will be better equipped to minister effectively to grieving families.

The teaching methodology to implement the project included lectures, multimedia presentations, group sessions, and case studies. The project director evaluated the selected adult in the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Using a post-workshop evaluation, the participants evaluated the project director’s instructional skills.

Developing a Prayer Strategy to Enhance the Christian Spiritual Formation of High School Students at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School, Belden, Mississippi

Author
William Casey Hughes
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a prayer strategy to enhance the Christian spiritual formation of high school students at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School, Belden, Mississippi. The project explored research in the field of prayer; constructed an distributed a survey to determine the beliefs and practices of Tupelo Christian Preparatory High School students related to prayer; led a workshop for a select group of students, parents, and faculty in the formulation of a prayer strategy; developed a multimedia presentation of the prayer strategy; and led the strategy team to prepare for a presentation to the Tupelo Christian Preparatory School Board for consideration. The evaluation methods for this project included expert opinions in the researched sources, the development of a prayer survey, the training materials, the formation of the strategy, and the presentation methods used for the strategy. The project director utilized the Strategy Model for this project.

Enhancing the Project Director's Collaborative Preaching Skills to Improve Sermon Planning at Christview Christian Church, Southaven, Mississippi

Author
Victor Ray Lyons
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's collaborative preaching skills in order to improve sermon planning at Christview Christian Church in Southaven, Mississippi. The project director used the Preaching Skills Enhancement Model to design the project. He began by researching the current trends in collaborative preaching and sermon preparation. Based on this research, he developed a process for sermon preparation that included collaborative skills. The director studied the effectiveness of this process by developing six sermons with a sermon-planning team of selected elders and lay leaders from Christview Christian Church. The six sermons and their preparation were evaluated by the sermon-planning team in order to determine the effectiveness of collaborative preaching skills on sermon planning.

Enhancing genre-sensitive expository preaching skills to enrich bible exposition at Galilee First Baptist Church, Gloster, Mississippi

Author
Brian Anthony Malone D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director’s genre-sensitive expository preaching skills in order to enrich Bible exposition within the congregation at Galilee First Baptist Church, Gloster, Mississippi. The project is based on the ministry skill enhancement model. The project director researched the fields of expository preaching and biblical genre, focusing on six of the major genres of Scripture: narrative, poetry, wisdom literature, parable, epistles, and Revelation. Annotated bibliographies and reports on expository preaching and biblical genre were reviewed by Dr. Lewis Richerson and Dr. Steven Smith, experts in the fields of expository preaching and biblical genre. From the reports, rubrics were created to evaluate the sermon development process. The project director developed sermon structures, outlines, and manuscripts utilizing the knowledge gained from the research to structure the sermon according to the structure and genre of the text. The project director delivered six sermons to the congregation of Galilee First Baptist Church. Dr. Richerson and Dr. Smith evaluated the sermon structures, outlines, and sermon videos. Finally, a questionnaire was created and given to determine if the listener enriched their Bible exposition skills as the project director endeavored to be faithful to the structure and genre of the text.

Developing a support strategy for bivocational pastors affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board

Author
Michael Dale Lee D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a support strategy for bivocational pastors affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB). The project director based the process on Hugh Townsend’s Set the Journey: a Strategy Development Model for Associations. The director enlisted a team composed of Baptist leaders – Both bivocational and fully-funded – from across the state. The primary goals of the process were to: (1) create a “Bivocational Pastors Profile,” (2) determine “best practices” within other state Baptist Conventions, (3) develop a finalized strategy, and (4) present the strategy to appropriate leadership for both approval and affirmation in order to proceed with implementation, albeit outside the scope of the actual project. The project relied on survey data and a professional strengths inventory together with focus groups composed of pastors and spouses at six regional Dialogue Dinners. The team merged accumulated data along with practices of various state Baptist conventions in order to arrive at a proposed strategy addressing three primary needs: (1) developing relationships between bivocational pastors and Baptist entities, (2) strengthening ministry marriages and families, and (3) developing the spiritual discipline of prayer.

Developing a volunteer leadership training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist church, Ridgeland, Mississippi

Author
William Hawks D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a volunteer-leadership training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist church, Ridgeland, Mississippi. This purpose was achieved through a strategy planning model. The project director conducted the project while serving as Executive and Education Pastor of Highland Colony Baptist Church. The project was completed in four phases. The firsts two phases consisted of research on existing models of leadership training and the field of strategy planning respectively. The third phase of the project focused on the development of a volunteer-leader training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist Church. The development process utilized a select group of leaders from the church. The final phase of the project was the presentation of the volunteer-leader training strategy to Highland Colony Baptist Church for approval. The approval of the project by the church completed the scope of the project.

Equipping selected adults of Fellowship Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi, in the best practices for small-group multiplication

Author
Corey Fontan D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults of Fellowship Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi, in the best practices for small-group multiplication. In order to gain a better understanding of small-group ministry as a whole, the project director researched in the field of small-group ministry. The project director conducted interviews, along with extensive reading in the field, in order to develop a list of the best practices for small group multiplication. The project director also researched curriculum writing and worked with an expert in curriculum development for the purpose of developing a curriculum for use in training the best practices. He taught a selected group using the domains of learning: cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. The project enabled the selected group of adults to use effective the best practices in order to multiply small groups for ministry.
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