Bible--Nehemiah

The Impact of a Staff Performance Management System on Performance Outcomes and Employee Commitment in a Private, Christian, Higher Education Institution

Author
Janis Lynn Ryder D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis explored performance management in a private, Christian, Canadian, higher education institution. A Model for Effective Performance Management was developed which served as a framework for a participatory action research project that piloted a staff performance review process and tool aimed at improving employee performance and organizational commitment of university staff employees. Seven university departments were part of the pilot project which included participating in supervisor training, testing a new performance review process and tool, and providing post-pilot feedback.
Post-pilot online survey results and interviews with leaders demonstrated a higher rate of completed performance reviews, increased competency and comfort level of supervisors/appraisers to lead performance review conversations, and increased employee commitment and performance resulting from the performance review experience.
There are opportunities for HR professionals, churches, and para-church organizations to use and benefit from this research and the Model for Effective Performance Management.

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.

Expository preaching as a catalyst to develop male leadership at North Kannapolis Baptist Church, Kannapolis, North Carolina

Author
Mark D Myers
Abstract
This project examines the scriptural mandate for discipleship and its application within the local church to develop leaders. A framework for leadership development was established through an overview of biblical and church history and an examination of current leadership development trends. Intervention consisted of a series of sermons, "Nehemiah on leadership," and a small group study on "The measure of a man" by Gene Getz. Analyses were performed to determine their effectiveness. Both interventions proved to initiate positive change toward leadership development, with the small group showing a slightly more positive level of change.

Developing a congregational identity at Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas, after a period of rapid expansion

Author
M Shawn Corzine
Abstract
This project is focussed toward developing a congregational identity in a local church after a period of rapid expansion and growth. It begins by analyzing the book of Nehemiah and Acts 2:42-47 as biblical models for community after periods of change. The project also examines contemporary corporate models for building community and organizational identity. Attention is given to such issues as visionary leadership, the team concept of business, and the role of covenants. This work concludes with the details and evaluation of the project itself, which includes a believer's worship service, intercessory prayer ministry, and covenant membership.

Principles of empowerment from the Book of Nehemiah: a leadership training program

Author
Alison L Barfoot
Abstract
University educated, young Anglicans in Kampala, Uganda, need leadership training. The following research questions, explored through a selective literature review, shaped the development of a week-long, intensive leadership training program based on Nehemiah: (1) What theological and missiological issues need to be considered?; (2) What is the critical content that future leaders need to be taught?; (3) How do cultural factors effect the study and training of leadership?; (4) What is the most effective way to design and deliver a training program?; (5) How can this training program be evaluated?
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