Bible--Ezra

The Ezra model of spiritual disciplines: how Ezra serves as a model of spiritual disciplines for modern pastors

Author
Bryan J Cook
Abstract
This dissertation demonstrates that Ezra serves as an effective biblical model for the spiritual disciplines of confession, submission, and celebration for the modern pastor who is concerned for the spiritual growth and development of his congregation. This is seen through a critical analysis of passages in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah that demonstrate Ezra's practice of the discipline. Chapter 1 gives an introduction with the thesis, methodology, criteria for passage selection, deliminations, obstacles, goal, application to ministry, and theological considerations. Chapter 2 demonstrates and defends the thesis through a biblical critical analysis and theological study demonstrating the spiritual disciplines proposed and states a conclusion. Chapter 3 presents future plans of how these spiritual disciplines can be adapted for specific continued ministry. Six practical tools are provided.

Using Ezra/Nehemiah as a model for church restoration

Author
David E Cranford
Abstract
The purpose for the ministry research Doctor of Ministry project was to develop a process for restoring unhealthy churches to health through the application of the restoration theme of Ezra/Nehemiah. The project: revealed the symptoms and causes of the decline of communities of faith in both the Ezra/Nehemiah and modern church settings; disclosed the processes of community of faith restoration in both the Ezra/Nehemiah and modern church settings; and, resulted in a six-session workshop to aid the church leader to restore an unhealthy church to health.
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