Philippines

INCLUSION AND RELIGIOUS ENGAGEMENT IN A MULTICULTURAL CHURCH: A MULTI-CASE STUDY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF IMMIGRANT FILIPINO VOLUNTEER CHURCH WORKERS IN SELECT CATHOLIC PARISHES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SEATTLE

Author
Frank Savadera D.Min.
Abstract
Savadera, Frank Dennis, B., D. Min. Seattle University, 2019. 201 pp.
Chair: Taylor, Mark Lloyd, PhD

This qualitative study investigates the relevant descriptions that first-generation immigrant Filipino volunteer church workers use to characterize their adopted multicultural parish. Further, it investigates how these descriptions influence their views on inclusion and religious engagement in their communities. The study hopes to generate faith and encourage theological reflections on: (1) persons’ capacities to encounter and embrace the “other”; (2) capacities for multiple-mindedness and recognition of a multiplicity of gifts; and (3) the call to embody and participate in the Trinitarian communion.
The central research questions asked are as follows: (1) How do first-generation immigrant Filipino volunteer parish workers in the Archdiocese of Seattle describe their experience of a multicultural context and how it affects their faith life and their view(s) of the church as an organization (i.e., in terms of church leadership, decision making, community dynamics, perspectives about the faith, programs/activities, etc.); (2) What personal values and dispositions do these immigrants believe positively/negatively affect their views of their parish as a multicultural organization; and (3) What does it mean for them to practice their religious culture in a multicultural setting? The research also asks these related questions: What recommendations would they suggest to members of organizations such as their respective parishes and the Seattle Archdiocese to help sustain involvement and participation in such multicultural contexts?
To study a phenomenon, i.e., a multicultural church, within multiple, bounded systems, this study uses a multi-case study design. Our cases consist of three groups, one representing each parish under study. The research employs a non-probability purposive sampling procedure, an interview protocol prescribed by Creswell (2006, 132), methods of field observation, archival documents, and relevant demographics.

Developing Christian men for leadership in evangelism and church growth in the Philippine context

Author
Teodulfo M Pajaron
Abstract
This thesis examines whether there is something in the Filipino culture that has affected the way Filipino men respond to leadership challenges and responsibilities. The author traces the historical, cultural, and other significant factors that have influenced Filipino men and their leadership development. He also points out practices in the Roman Catholic religion and in the Protestant mission groups that have contributed to the lack of Filipino male leaders in the Philippine Christian church. The author then proceeds to take a fresh look at what the Scripture says about evangelism and church growth. He then attempts to apply these qualities in the Philippine cultural context. Practical propositions and a sample plan conclude this project.

Research and development of the Conservative Baptist Bible College--Davao Branch certificate of church planting ministries program

Author
Lee C Wanak
Abstract
There are few trained leaders for the current and future Conservative Baptist provincial churches in Mindano, Philippines. To meet this need, a one-year, certificate level, ministry-oriented, low cost, schedule-sensitive, Filipino-lead church leadership training program was developed for lay leaders of provincial churches. The certificate of church planting ministries program was based on a detailed philosophy and rationale for reaching the masses. The eighteen-step curriculum design plan incuded a task analysis to determine goals and objectives and a survey of leaders to determine what topics were essential for the target students. After one year of field testing the nine one-week seminars, with thirty-seven students, a summative evaluation was conducted and the program adopted.
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