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Work Perspectives, The Sacred/Secular Divide, and Workplace-Related Preaching, Equipping, and Church Support

Author
Joy P. Dahl D.Min.
Abstract
This study explored perspectives of work and workers, as well as potential connections between these perspectives and a lack of workplace-related preaching, equipping, and support provided by the church to congregants. This research, founded on a biblical theology of work, identifies implications for understanding church dynamics, and for dismantling beliefs and practices upholding the unbiblical sacred/secular divide.

The research engaged two groups within one church: pastors/paid church staff and congregants. The survey focused on: (1) value of work inside versus outside the church; (2) value of workers inside versus outside the church; (3) importance of work-related topics for preaching, equipping, and support within the church; and (4) adequacy of pastor/staff understanding of non-church workplaces and their ability to help congregants address workplace issues. This Doctor of Ministry project represents a unique study which evaluates perspectives of church workers and non-church workers within one church body regarding a primary area of everyday life often unaddressed or under-addressed by the church.

Two descriptive surveys, one for each group, garnered a 69.01% response rate from 71 pastors/staff, and a 9.62% response rate from 5,113 congregants. The surveys gathered quantitative responses, except for two qualitative responses regarding workplace demographics (for congregants only) which assisted the church in understanding the makeup of its non-church workers. The results of the surveys revealed that both pastors/staff and congregants within this church placed similar, high value on church and non-church work and workers. However, these perspectives did not translate into pastors/staff attributing high importance to work-related topics within church practices when compared to other topics. Additionally, both groups affirmed an inadequate understanding by pastors/staff of non-church workplaces and the daily issues congregants face.

The final chapter includes conclusions of the study and implications for future research. It also provides recommendations of potential next steps for the church.

Developing a multiethnic church planting strategy for Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas, to reach interntationals in Portland, Oregon

Author
Gregory S. Smith
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a multiethnic church planting strategy for Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas, to reach interntationals in Portland, Oregon. The external demographic data and common elements discovered provided the basis for which the multiethnic church planting strategy was developed. The project director utilized various information gathering resources to determine the needs of internationals and to identify common elements for effective multiethnic church planting models. The project director researched strategy planning techniques, especially strategies that focused on reaching multiethnic communities. He then led a selected planning team to develop a multifaceted strategy on how to reach the diverse ethnicities represented in Portland, Oregon. The final state of the project was for the project director to present the multiethnic church planting strategy to Green Acres Baptist Church’s church planting team for approval.

Developing an evangelistic church-growth strategy for Calvary Baptist church, Wolfe City, Texas

Author
Larry Gregg Morris
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an evangelistic church-growth strategy for Calvary Baptist Church, Wolfe City, Texas. The project director examined demographics of Wolfe City, and reviewed the statistical data for Calvary Baptist Church. Second, the director researched existing church-growth models, and explored evangelistic methods. After this examination and research, the project director led a leadership team in an evangelistic church-growth strategy development process. The completed evangelistic church-growth strategy was presented to the deacons of Calvary Baptist Church for review and to the members of Calvary Baptist Church for approval in a called meeting. The project director sought to gain knowledge in evangelistic church-growth strategies and increase his skills in demographic interpretation and evangelistic methods.

Developing a strategic plan for intergenerational mentoring at First Baptist Church, Andrews, Texas

Author
Clayton D Chisum
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop a strategy for an intergenerational mentoring ministry at First Baptist Church, Andrews, Texas. The project director researched the fields of mentoring, church leadership, and intergenerational relationships to determine the best methods and practices for the strategy. From this research, the project director created an annotated bibliography and report on best practices. The project director investigated several strategic planning models and selected the most appropriate model as a guide for the project. In order to identify barriers and opportunities for the ministry, the project director conducted and audit of First Baptist Church, Andrews, Texas, through an online questionnaire and demographic study. The project director created a dynamic ministry strategy presentation that was presented by the project director to the church staff for formal approval.

Equipping selected leaders at First Baptist Church, DeLeon, Texas, with team-based ministry competencies

Author
Daniel Harper
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders at First Baptist Church, DeLeon, Texas, with team-based ministry competencies. This doctoral project involved three parts. First, the project director researched the field of team ministry through the creation of an annotated bibliography, focusing on the topics of team ministry and leadership. The information gathered from the annotated bibliography was used to create a report on best team ministry practices. Second, the project director utilized this information to develop a team ministry workshop. This workshop was comprised of four sessions that were each divided into two parts. Finally, the project director utilized the workshop to equip a selected group of leaders in team ministry competencies.

The Faith Pyramid Evangelism Strategy: A Tool for Integrating Apologetics into Evangelism Training for Middle School and High School Students

Author
Samuel Lee Dallas III D.Min.
Abstract
This research demonstrates that apologetics material integrated into evangelism training increases the personal confidence of middle and high school students in sharing their faith. The anonymous surveys of thirty teenagers involved in the research showed an overall 33 percent increase in confidence (on a self-scoring ten-point scale) after participating in such training. Additionally, an overall 49 percent increase resulted in their perceived abilities to answer challenging questions during evangelistic discussions.
Such measurements were also validated in practical application. Graded quizzes on apologetics-related questions taken by the students both before and after the training revealed an overall 98 percent increase in scores. Finally, the students showed an overall 91 percent increase in sharing their faith in the two months following the training compared to the two months prior. These numbers reveal not only improvement in self-perception, but objective measures make the case for the success of this ministry project.
Chapter 1 introduces the ministry need and thesis of the dissertation in response to the need. Additionally, a layout of the researcher’s Faith Pyramid Evangelism Strategy is introduced.
Chapter 2 provides a biblical and theological justification for integrating apologetics into evangelism training and provides a historical justification for such an approach.
Chapter 3 examines the specific goals of this research as it relates to the subjective measures of teenage evangelists, the knowledge the researcher has sought to teach the students, and the desirable goal for an increase in evangelism as a result of such training.
Chapter 4 reviews the specific training of the thirty middle and high school students completed in the weekend seminar. The lessons were arranged into five workshops, followed by a survey given to the students two months following the training.
Chapter 5 provides a conclusion via an in-depth evaluation of the ministry project, as well as suggestions for future plans in implementing such training.

AN EXAMINATION OF SELECT PRACTICES IN CHINESE IMMIGRANT CHURCHES THAT ARE REACHING SECOND GENERATION AMERICAN BORN CHINESE

Author
Don Laing D.Min.
Abstract
The challenge of the Chinese immigrant church (CIC) in America is the ongoing departure of its second-generation, American-born Chinese (ABC), now commonly called the “silent exodus.” The Overseas Born Chinese (OBC) leaders of these CICs need to champion a clear and compelling vision of reaching these ABCs that rises above retention. In addition, these OBC leaders will need to incorporate two more practices to reach their second-generation: (1) embrace a biblical culture above either culture of origin and (2) create processes that empowers the second-generation in leadership. This research project evaluated these three practices within three churches that were determined to be reaching their second-generation.
This dissertation was divided into three parts. It opened with a literature review that examined each of the three practices relating to vision, culture and leadership. The dissertation then continued with the construction of the research procedure, utilizing the case study approach. Three Chinese immigrant churches were chosen for this study: Houston Chinese Church, Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles and West Houston Chinese Church. The qualitative research method was applied to handle the field research portion of this study including but not limited to site visits, interviews, and the follow-up questionnaire. The findings of this project were discussed and evaluated regarding the significance of them and the recommendations for future study. The case studies affirmed the significance of each of the three hypotheses.

An Assessment of the Mission Ministries of Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas

Author
Mary K Spradlin
Abstract
This project proposes to help one congregation move from a one-way model of missional giving toward a model of mission ministries that emphasizes relationship-building, empowerment and community development. Congregation members attended a community development conference, participated in small group book studies, and engaged with a blog focused on an empowerment model of mission ministries. These activities prompted small but significant changes to existing ministries. Additionally, members of the congregation are motivated to pursue further evaluation of existing ministries and creation of new ministries that encourage relationship-building and follow an empowerment model rather than a handout model.

Equipping selected Southern baptist leaders in Texas to train youth for cross-cultural ministry

Author
Tiffany D Smith
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to equip a selected group of Baptist leaders in Texas with a teaching module to train youth for cross-cultural ministry. First, the project director researched critical mission issues and skills for cross-cultural ministry in order to develop a tool to train youth for ministering cross-culturally overseas. Second, the director developed a teaching module for selected Southern baptist leaders in Texas to use to train youth for ministry in cross-cultural setting. Last, the director equipped selected Southern baptist leaders in Texas with the teaching module to train youth in ministering cross-culturally. These selected leaders along with the youth participants provided assessment and evaluation regarding the effectiveness and usefulness of the training module. In addition to the ministry goals, the project director pursued two professional goals. The first professional goal was to increase knowledge in cross-cultural ministry for the purpose of developing a tool for training youth. The second professional goal was to strengthen the project director's skill in curriculum development.

A plan for consolidation utilizing a zone concept: a guidebook for associational leaders

Author
Donald L Fawcett
Abstract
This thesis seeks to relate the assessment and restructuring of multiple associations comprising the Heart of Texas Baptist Area through consolidation utilizing a unique "zone concept." The thesis is that in contexts where Directors of Missions relate to multiple Baptist Associations this unique model offers increased opportunities and possibilities of enhanced ministry effectiveness and relevancy while maintaining the historic/geographic associational affinities. Chapter one includes a statement of the problem in the ministry context as a rationale for assessment and response. Chapter two seeks to demonstrate a workable strategic planning "map" employed in the author's context with possible applications for associations considering consolidation. The map demonstrates how the theological and philosophical basis for the project was developed and implemented in the author's context. Chapter three provides preliminary analysis of the project application and leadership effectiveness with extrapolation concerning the future of the Heart of Texas Baptist Network based on the preliminary responses of constituents. The primary conviction of the author is that Baptist Associationalism stands at a time-critical juncture in light of quantum change impacting the world. This quantum change demands response from associational leaders. This project conveys the attempt of three associations to respond to these realities.
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