Bible--Gospels

A CONTEXTUAL AND CULTURAL ADULT EDUCATION MODEL FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE ARAB MIDDLE EAST

Author
Joseph Nehemiah D.Min.
Abstract
With the growth of the church in North Africa comes the need to train pastors and leaders. This project defines a biblically-rooted, contextually- and culturally-appropriate framework for training believers from Muslim background (BMB) leaders in an Arab context. The framework uses adult education (andragogy) principles from Bloom, Knowles, and Kolb that contribute to deep learning. Principles are evaluated using Hofstede's Arabic cluster cultural dimensions (Power Distance Index, Uncertainty Avoidance Index, Collectivism) and GLOBE leadership traits. This project defines cultural and contextual educational principles that put the design and implementation of developing and training leaders into the hands of BMB leaders.

The author believes it is important to hear from local leaders. The coalescence of cultural educational principles with the practical experience of local leaders allows for a practical educational framework. North African leaders were interviewed to discover how God developed them as leaders. The results reveal the importance of character, teaching, practical experience, and community with a mentor playing a significant role. The author suggests cultural and contextual principles and models to deliver training in non-traditional and non-formal ways.

EQUIPPING THE SENIOR LEADERS OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF MERCED TO CULTIVATE LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS IN PEOPLE FOR POTENTIAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Author
Joel Alan Dorman D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this DMin project was equipping the people in existing senior leadership positions to cultivate people for potential leadership positions to exercise effective leadership behaviors to contribute to the mission of First Baptist Church of Merced. The qualitative research project required Biblical and contemporary literature study in learning leadership behaviors, transferring leadership behaviors, mentoring, healthy leadership, and recognizing potential in people.
The project utilized a multi-phased approach to methodology. There was a survey and focus group discussion preceding a Leadership Lab involving the people in existing senior leadership positions. The purpose of the first phase was equipping the people in existing senior leadership positions with the skill necessary to equip others.
In the second phase, the people in existing senior leadership positions recruited mentees to cultivate them for effective leadership behaviors in potential leadership positions. A Field Guide was provided for the mentors, and data were recorded through bi-weekly meetings of the researcher with the mentors and Field Guides, Leadership Profiles, focus groups, and formal and informal interviews. The results were evaluated, and modifications for future use were presented.
The researcher concluded the process was successful in producing people who were cultivated with effective leadership behaviors for potential leadership positions by equipping the people in existing senior leadership positions. In order for the process to be undertaken subsequently in this researcher’s congregation, the first Leadership Lab and the book studied during the mentoring phase needed to change. For other congregations to benefit from the process, additional instructions would need to be provided. Even with the needed modifications, the project accomplished all it was designed to accomplish: equipping people in existing senior leadership positions to cultivate people for significant leadership positions.

A STRATEGIC PLAN TO ENCOURAGE THE PURSUIT OF AN ACCREDITATION MODEL AMONG INDEPENDENT BAPTIST PASTORAL TRAINING INSTITUTIONS IN SPANISH-SPEAKING LATIN AMERICA

Author
Bruce Burkholder D.Min.
Abstract
Although independent Baptist pastoral training institutions have served the
Spanish-speaking church in Latin America for decades, most have become stagnated in academic development and institutional advancement. The purpose of this study was to develop a strategic plan that will encourage these institutions to pursue an accreditation model. This study identified five impediments to this pursuit.

1. Insufficient academic preparation of professors

2. Excessive government restrictions

3. Poor economic situation in country

4. Lack of interest/Lack of knowledge of benefits

5. Low academic level of students

This quantitative data was obtained through a Delphi survey of twenty-two individuals from three distinct subgroups: (1) Independent Baptist missionaries actively involved in pastoral training in Spanish-speaking Latin America, (2) Independent Baptist Hispanic pastors or professors who were trained in Latin America and who retain involvement in this ministry, and (3) Independent Baptist theological educators who have experience with the accreditation process. Through the Delphi survey the participants suggested the above-mentioned impediments to the pursuit of an accreditation model. The Delphi expert panel also provided qualitative data by sharing additional insight into the nature of the impediments through comments made within the survey and personal conversations with the author.

Once the five impediments had been identified a Delphi support team worked with the author to develop a strategic plan to address each impediment. Specific goals were set, and action steps were identified. Most importantly, the strategic plan encourages independent Baptist pastoral training institutions in Spanish-speaking Latin America to promptly initiate and to passionately pursue the core concepts of the accreditation model, specifically, the standardization of curriculum, external peer review and internal quality assessment.

The project concludes with recommendations to independent Baptist churches, ministries, and pastoral training institutions in both the United States and Spanish-speaking Latin America.

Preaching Post-Disaster: An Examination of Preaching and Preachers in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Author
Trent Henderson D.Min.
Abstract
Preaching in a post-disaster context is one of the most challenging assignments for a pastor. Throughout the Scriptures and history, there are multiple examples of those who were called to that challenging and lonely task. This project developed a framework for preaching in the post-disaster context, based on analysis of sermons preached on the Sunday following the 2017 landfall of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and interviews of the pastors who preached those sermons. This project also includes analysis and synthesis of data from surveys. As part of the framework constructed, suggested sermon outlines are included for preachers facing this daunting task.

Preaching to the Heart: Investigating Theory and Practice Among Sydney Anglican Preachers

Author
Andrew Katay D.Min.
Abstract
This project explores the theory and practice of preaching to the heart. Biblically, the heart is a focal point both of the content of transformation in Christ, and the motivating power by which transformation takes place. To understand the nature and operations of the heart, first Scripture, and then secondarily three ‘theologians of the heart’ - Augustine, Aquinas and Jonathan Edwards - are examined. Subsequently, seven principles are elucidated to preach to the heart. This theory is used to analyze ten sermons from each of eight preachers. The study concludes with a program to better equip preachers to preach to the heart.

An investigation into the important teaching of Jesus in his last week in the world: life-building driven disciple-training

Author
Lu-chia Lee
Abstract
The scope of this thesis is the study of the teaching and interaction with disciples of Jesus in his last week based on the four gospels, starting from Jesus entering Jerusalem gloriously to the prayer in Gethsemane before being arrested. Within this scope, three areas are studied from the angle of biblical interpretation. First, theology: this part discusses important teachings of Jesus regarding the truth and the clarification of theological concepts. Second, scriptural annotation: this part discusses three contextual dimensions: Scripture, the key people (Jesus, the disciples, etc.), and the historical background, as well as the interaction between the three dimensions. Third, practical application: this part applies Jesus' own example and precept leading out the disciple-training of life-influencing-life to the disciple-training of modern-day churches.

Without a vision the people perish: the gospels, from text to congregation

Author
Joy E Rogers
Abstract
This thesis is in service of conceptualizing the cumulative effect of a lectionary-based preaching ministry through its impact upon congregational life. A methodology is explored that supports proclamation of a consistent biblically grounded theological vision that engages a faith community's own experience. When the preacher imaginatively and consistently engages the questions, responses and visions of the community which lies behind the primary lectionary Gospel for a year, preaching can inform, evoke, critique and shape the understandings of Christian identity and community that a congregation manifests in its common life and clergy convey through their pastoral leadership.

Guidelines for chaplains' activity in the Korean military academy focusing on the development of a special Bible program

Author
Bong S Park
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop guidelines for chaplains' activity in the Korean Military Academy, focusing on the development of a special Bible study program on the synoptic Gospels. A Bible study model was developed for the pre-test, which was introduced to selected Christian cadets of the Academy. Opinions and views expressed during pre-tests were fully reflected in the development of a new Bible study program as a guideline for chaplains' activity in the Military Academy.

A feminist view of women's self-acceptance in Japan

Author
Yoshiko Isshiki
Abstract
The purpose of the project is to develop a theological foundation for, and application of, the theory of women's self-acceptance. Textual research of the New Testament, particualrly the scenes in the Gospels where Jesus encounters women, is undertaken and a New Testament theology of acceptance is formulated. A historical survey of stories of Japanese women who encountered Christianity in the 16th, 19th and first half of the 20th centuries is analyzed from the point of view of a theology of acceptance. The paper also includes reports of projects undertaken to teach college and church women to accept themselves and others in a Japanese context.
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