Bible--Genesis

Equipping the congregation of East Belmont Baptist Church in Belmont, N.C. for outreach through the development and implementation of an active prayer ministry.

Author
Jeffrey Dean Taylor D.Min.
Abstract
In a local congregation, joining the spiritual practice of prayer with the ministry of outreach provides the church with an effective ministry tool to connect the congregation to its community and beyond. The East Belmont Baptist Church searches for effective ways to carry out the mission of making Christ known to others by equipping themselves through study and sermons to use prayer as a ministry in the community. Through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, congregational members meet people where they are and minister to them through intercessory prayer. This allowed the congregation to minister to others through outreach and prayer.

A STRATEGIC AND SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO EVALUATING AND ENHANCING CHURCH STAFF PERFORMANCE

Author
Steven Bray D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this Doctor of Ministry project was to create an annual staff development plan for Fountain City Wesleyan Church which focused on both improving effectiveness in performance and encouraging personal, professional and spiritual development. Fountain City Wesleyan is a church of 1000 with nine full-time pastors and ministry directors. The project highlighted the powerful impact of combining goal setting, coaching, and evaluation to develop team members. In addition, the project concluded that high performance expectations can be countered by high care for team members.

This project conducted two case studies of similar churches to Fountain City Wesleyan Church. The project explored the biblical and theological basis for staff development including the identification of twelve biblical principles. The literature review analyzed three components of the annual development plan: crafting an action plan utilizing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Relevant and Timed) goals and strategies; regular coaching sessions; and an annual review process to provide additional performance conversation and formal documentation of employee performance.

This plan included a guide to create an action plan each trimester, the implementation schedule for the plan, a model for coaching staff (Connect, Opportunity, Alternatives, Course, Highlights), an annual self-review and performance review. Additionally, supplemental avenues to promote self-care among staff were identified. The final plan, tips and tools for coaching, tools for diagnosing development needs, and the research protocol are noted in the appendices.

The transformation of church leadership through an understanding of biblical maleness

Author
Robert G Decker
Abstract
Biblical maleness, properly defined, teaches that men and women are created as equals, but with different gender-defined roles. Men are designed and equipped to lead the family and the church. Women are to actively help and submit to the man's leadership. This understanding has been the central tradition of the church for the first 1800 years of her existence and has only been challenged in recent centuries. The uniqueness of this project serves to illustrate the consequences that result when men fail to lead by way of three selected biblical narratives from Genesis. The passages are each grammatically and thematically tied by the phrase "listening to the voice of" or "obeying the voice of". For example, the Adam is cursed, not only because he ate the fruit, but because he "listened to the voice of his wife" (Gen. 3:17). This failed leadership continues to plague men's efforts through two male/female narratives in Genesis (Gen. 16:1-6; Gen. 27:1-44).

Autobiography and revelation: a dialogue with Frederick Buechner

Author
Richard C Neese
Abstract
Shaped by a literary-critical viewpoint that stresses the integrity of the text, this project invited adult listeners in a small-group (8-12) parish setting to hear anew God's word in the seminal biblical stories of Genesis. The group explored ways in which the canonical text and its claims confront, interpret, and reshape the individual stories of contemporary believers. The works of Frederiick Buechner provided perspective, commentary, and a medium of exchange between the biblical world and the world of contemporary listeners. Results suggest that narrative theology offers provocative resources for adult faith development in parish settings.
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