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Past, Future, and Present: A Ministry Journey Unstuck in Time

Author
Ryan James Lawrence Dr. D.Min.
Abstract
In this portfolio the writer explored his ministry journey and identity through the lens of time, looking at his past, future, and present, in order to plot a course forward. In considering his past he examined how his theology of preaching had arisen out of his experiences and the relationship between biography and theology. In considering his future, he explored how the imagination could be used to help lead people and institutions to new horizons. In considering his present he researched how the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted preachers in his denomination, The Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ), and how group story sharing could be used to aid in their healing and recovery. The research portion of this portfolio used a narrative study, the heart of which was a focus group meeting of five pastors, followed up by interviews in which participants contributed to the evaluation of the project. The key finding was that participants endured many common struggles and hardships, including the experience of “preaching into a void,” which described the hardship of speaking without a connection to one’s audience. Sharing their stories helped participants to understand and normalize these experiences, aiding in their healing.

A project to discover attitudes toward women in pastoral leadership in the Canadian ARMBA

Author
Rosetta O'Neal
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the attitudes of AfriCanadian Christians toward women in pastoral leadership in the Amherstburg Regular Missionary Baptist Association (ARMBA), in Ontario, Canada. Nine ARMBA received a five point Likert scale survey for their adult parishioners to complete. The survey included three sections: demographics, discovery, and an evaluation of the study. Thirty-three individuals completed the survey. The overall results were favorable. Seventy-five to 85% agreed to strongly agreed, that women should hold positions in pastoral leadership, and 78% to 94% disagreed or strongly disagreed that women should be excluded from pastoral leadership.

Recapturing the evangelism mandate in Emmanuel Baptist Church, Exeter, Ontario

Author
H Kevin Rutledge
Abstract
Most churches in North America have plateaued or are in decline in attendance. Few churches are seeing new converts. This stands in stark contrast to the explosive growth of the early New Testament church in the book of Acts. This paper seeks to understand what the factors were that resulted in such growth through evangelism and to discern what transferable principles may be applied in the contemporary church to promote effectiveness in evangelism. This research includes the survey of local church congregants and pastors of churches that have been effective in evangelism in south western Ontario.
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