Bible--Philippians

The Training, Role and Professional Development of a Confessional Lutheran Lay Diaconate

Author
Michael Morehouse D.Min.
Abstract
The Training, Role and Professional Development of a Confessional Lutheran Lay Diaconate
What was the biblical basis, history, tradition, and practice of a Lay Diaconate in confessional Lutheran congregations? How had such served the Church? A Lay Diaconate has been trained and utilized in congregations of Southern Arizona for nearly three decades. Its officeholders were locally trained, primarily by Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod pastors. This project’s purpose, therefore, was to study that which was in place and to develop exportable teaching resources. It produced and included two courses: “Diaconal Ministry,” and “Visitation of Sick and Shut-ins.” It provided two Lay Diaconate apologetics brochures and a historical time-line of changes to the diaconate

Enhancing expository preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of selected spiritual disciplines at First Baptist Church, Stigler, Oklahoma

Author
Daniel Milligan D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's expository preaching skills to increase congregational awareness of selected spiritual disciplines at First Baptist Church, Stigler, Oklahoma. The project began by researching the fields of expository preaching and spiritual disciplines for the purpose of communicating selected spiritual disciplines from the book of Philippians. The research resulted in an annotated bibliography in the field of expository preaching and a report of selected spiritual disciplines. The project director used the research to develop a sermon series intended to raise the congregation's awareness of selected spiritual disciplines. The sermon series was delivered and thereafter evaluated using pre- and post-series surveys and response sheets provided to the congregation. Each phase of the project was evaluated using expert feedback.

Nurturing unity at the First Baptist Church of Lafayette, Tennessee

Author
Steven S Nelson
Abstract
This project proposes to promote unity among members of First Baptist Church (Lafayette, Tenn) through a series of eight sermons and focus-group meetings. The sermon series concentrates on Paul's letter to the Philippians. The seven-member focus group, representing a balance of viewpoints, meets weekly with the congregation to solicit and evaluate comments. These open communications enhance relationships and unity in the congregation.

Equipping the local church to plan for intentional, contextual ministry

Author
Frederick James Martin
Abstract
The local church can plan for ministry specific to its context when it understands its community setting. Implementation of ministry can follow different models for ministry, such as vocational, project and corporate models. The methods of research for this project include sociological and demographic studies of a community. The findings are related to models for ministry based on the stories of Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditus found in Philippians 2. The study shows how a local church can use different models of ministry to minister effectively to the church's unique context.
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