Missouri

Developing a Disciple-Making Strategy for First Baptist Church of Warrensburg, Warrensburg, Missouri, to Equip Transient Families in Military Contexts

Author
Jeffery N. Gray
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a disciple-making strategy for First Baptist Church of Warrensburg, Warrensburg, Missouri, to equip transient families in military contexts. During the first phase of this project the project director researched the demographics of the Warrensburg community and Whiteman Air Force Base. He also looked at the discipleship demographics of First Baptist Church of Warrensburg. The project director looked at disciple-making resources to determine best practices that would inform this project. The second phase of this project was the strategic planning stage. During this stage, the project director assembled, equipped, and led a team to determine the best strategy to equip transient families in military contexts for First Baptist Church of Warrensburg. The final state was the presentation phase. The project director presented the strategy for equipping disciple making to the elders of First Baptist Church of Warrensburg for approval.

STUDYING THE IMPACT OF INTRODUCING A FOR-PROFIT SUBSIDIARY TO A LOCAL CONGREGATION

Author
Bradley Scott Stagg D.Min.
Abstract
This doctoral research project studied the impact of introducing a for-profit subsidiary to a local nonprofit congregation. The study reveals congregational leaders experienced emancipatory feelings of hope and spiritual agency when utilizing the innovation tool of a business Miniplan. Liberating congregations from the oppression of financial scarcity freed church leaders to consider new ways to address increasing costs, particularly deferred maintenance of aging buildings. This project used Participating Action Research as its research orientation, since it is ideal for business and church research. All participants reported significant spiritual growth in stewardship; emancipatory feelings of hope; and generalizability for the larger church.

Discovering why parishioners of unity do not engage in social activism

Author
Michael W Walker
Abstract
The purpose of my project was to discover why parishioners do not engage in social justice activism at the Unity Church in Unity Village, Missouri. A five point Likert scale questionnaire with fifteen questions was distributed to twenty two participants. The major findings were that Unity parishioners were not involved in social justice activism because activism issues are too divisive, bring politics into the church, other things are more important, and activism issues are not in the Bible.
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