Bible--Titus

DEVELOPING ELDERS AT GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF SEAL BEACH

Author
Robert Wriedt D.Min.
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry project created a training program for potential elders at Grace Community Church of Seal Beach. The first section of the project is a biblical and theological study of Christian leadership generally and eldership specifically that locates elder training within Christian discipleship. It then moves on to an integration of the contemporary literature on elder and board training, seeking to combine the best of theologically driven works (such as those by Anyabwile, Rinne, and Strauch) with writers focused on practical concerns (such as Busby or Malphurs and Mancini) as well as secular leadership theorists (such as Kouzes and Posner, Greenleaf, and Carver).

The qualitative research project itself focuses on how to train elders using a nine-week small group format. Since elder training is rooted in the growth of character (“Be”), knowledge (“Know”) and practice (“Do”), each week’s meeting included sections on theology, ministry skills, and Christian character. Participant growth was measured by interviews before, during, and after the conclusion of the nine weeks, as well as by observed behavior within the context of the group. The project appendices include full descriptions of the course content that was taught and the readings that were assigned to participants.

One of the key findings from this project was the necessity of training elders prior to their invitation to serve as elders, rather than waiting for them to begin service on the board or even before they were asked to serve as elders in the upcoming year. An analogy would be to compare it to pre-engagement counseling, rather than pre-marital or marital counseling. Participants stated that the training provided clarity of what was expected of elders was very helpful in their discernment process, which excited some and caused others to opt out of the process.

A model of discipleship based on the book of Titus for church leaders in southern Tanzania

Author
Darrell A Swanson
Abstract
Many Christians in southern Tanzania have a tendency to combine their tribal traditions with Christianity. They believe God has become distant and the means to draw Him close is through ancestral spirits, sexual customs, and church rituals. The result has been a high rate of adultery in the church and the view that Christians must work out their salvation before God. The goal of this thesis project has been to implement a model of discipleship, based upon the book of Titus, among sixty one church leaders from various denominational and tribal backgrounds in southern Tanzania to determine if these misconceptions about God and lifestyle practices could change. After twenty-two months of implementing this model of discipleship it was found that time spent with these church leaders on an individual basis impacted their perceptions and beliefs about God and it helped to alter some of their lifestyle practices.

The young pastor and his ministry

Author
Joseph Henry Douglass
Abstract
From an analysis of New Testament imperatives to young pastors, especially those found in the epistles to Timothy and Titus, the author formulates a set of principles to enable a higher level of effectiveness in his own ministry. These principles are developed into a course to be taught to young aspiring pastors in a Bible college or to those in a discipleship relationship with young pastors.
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