Bible--Joshua

Planning and Implementing Pastoral Succession at University Baptist Church Fairbanks, Alaska

Author
Grady Alan Cox D.Min.
Abstract
This Ministry Research Project aims to demonstrate a system for pastoral succession for congregationally governed Baptist Churches with by-laws requiring a pastor search committee system. Pastoral succession is a viable mechanism for pastoral selection in Baptist polity when certain factors are met, including predecessor’s tenure, successor’s qualifications and calling, and congregational understanding and support. Chapter 1 explains the opportunity for pastoral succession to create healthier churches and outlines the context, rationale, goals, and methodology used for this specific project. Chapter 2 examines biblical examples and exhortations from Scripture about succession of spiritual leaders in the Old and New Testaments (Moses/Joshua, Elijah/Elisha, Paul/Pastors, Jesus/Apostles). Chapter 3 argues for the advantages of pastoral succession through historical examples (St. Augustine, Gregory of Nazianzus, Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Fuller), and explores practical advantages supported by biblical leadership theory. Chapter 4 describes the planning, implementation, and results of a pastoral succession at University Baptist Church Fairbanks, AK. Chapter 5 evaluates the effectiveness of pastoral succession through set goals, defines theological principles supporting succession, and highlights best practices and common mistakes. Finally, it analyzes the possibility of using a similar process for healthy and intentional ministry leadership transitions.

Proclaiming the gospel from Old Testament war narratives

Author
Eli H. Dowell
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine how preachers proclaim the Gospel from Old Testament war narratives. The study utilized a basic qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with six Gospel-centered preachers. Four research questions guided the data analysis, addressing challenges presented by culture and theology and what methods preachers use to overcome these challenges. The findings of the study show that Old Testament war narratives are essential components of the meta-narrative of Scripture, culminating in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The study concluded with several examples of Gospel-centered interpretations of select passages from the book of Joshua.

Growing the faith of church leaders based on the example of Joshua

Author
Linn W Howard
Abstract
From the day He called him, God impressed upon Joshua that the issue at hand was not, "Did he have the leadership gifts needed to lead the Israelites in the conquest of the land?" Rather the question pressed upon Joshua was, "Do you have the faith required to be a servant leader for the Lord your God?" Without this deep and abiding faith in God leaders will always be hampered by doubt and weighed down by fear. This project explores how to grow the faith of church leaders based on the example of Joshua.

An expositor's notebook to the archaeology of the conquest and settlement narratives

Author
John T McMath
Abstract
This project collects archaeological and related materials bearing on the Conquest and Settlement Narratives as an aid to working expositors. After presenting introductory material about archaeology and its relation to expository preaching, the project offers detailed commentary on archaeological, toponymic, geographic, and historical issues bearing on the text of Joshua and Judges. The project includes an annotated bibliography and survey of the literature.
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