Mississippi

Equipping selected parents of East Louisville Baptist Church, Louisville, Mississippi, with essential Christian worldview formation skills

Author
Mason W Joy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected parents of East Louisville Baptist Church, Louisville, Mississippi, with essential Christian worldview formation skills. The project director researched the fields of apologetics for youth and children and Christian doctrine to determine essential Christian worldview formation skills. He developed a curriculum in order to equip the selected parents of East Louisville Baptist Church with those essential Christian worldview formation skills. The curriculum was taught in six sessions and corresponds with five doctrines the project director established as most essential for Christian worldview formation. The project director increased his knowledge in the areas of apologetic, Christian worldview formation, and curriculum designs to ensure that the six teaching sessions represented a high standard of quality. Additionally, experts in the fields of apologetics and curriculum design were enlisted to validate the project.

Enhancing expository preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of selected eschatological themes at Oak Hill Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi

Author
Chester Calvin Price
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director’s expository preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of selected eschatological themes at Oak Hill Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi. The project director utilized the Preaching Skills Enhancement model to develop the project. Development of the project included research of selected eschatological themes, best practices for expository sermon development, and delivery of expository sermons. The project director developed a sermon series of selected eschatological themes that he preached at Oak Hill Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi, during regular scheduled Sunday morning worship services. The project director demonstrated enhanced expository preaching skills as a result of this project.

Developing a Spiritual Growth Strategy for Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi

Author
Howard Wayne Whitaker
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual growth strategy for Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi. The project director conducted an internal audit to produce reports that detailed the involvement of church members in spiritual growth opportunities offered at the church. The director explored the field of discipleship and spiritual growth to determine essential components of effective spiritual growth strategies, producing an annotated bibliography and a research report. A Discipleship Strategy Team was created. The team was composed of certain members from the church’s Strategic Action Team and additional select members from within the church. The project director shared his findings with the team, provided necessary training, and guided them in the development of a strategy for spiritual growth. The strategy was presented to the church’s Strategic Action Team for evaluation and to the church body for approval.

Developing a special-needs ministry strategy for Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Woodland, Mississippi

Author
Terry Wade Mathis II D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a special-needs ministry strategy for Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Woodland, Mississippi. The project director identified the accessibility needs of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and the surrounding community with the help of church members and experts who serve people with special needs. At the same time, the project director researched and created a strategy planning process for Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Then the project director enlisted church leaders to serve on a strategy development team. the project director led the team to develop a special-needs ministry strategy designed to serve the church and reach the community. Next, the project director prepared a strategy presentation for the church with the help of the team. Finally, he presented the team's special-needs ministry strategy to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church for their adoption in regularly scheduled business meeting. The church voted unanimously to adopt and implement the special-needs ministry strategy.

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.
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