Wesley Theological Seminary

Transformative hospitality : a guide to welcome the persons with mental health issues in the local church

Author
Millie L. Kim
Abstract
After the closure of the Northwestern Hospital, Rome (GA) has borne the brunt of care for the mentally ill. The author assessed the needs of Second Avenue UMC by interviewing its members and the mentally ill. She took on the task of studying mental health issues, and how the church can be a part of multidimensional support for them. The author preached, led workshops, and hosted community events to bring awareness and solicit support. She created vision of transformative hospitality and protocols to help the church welcome and include persons with mental health issues in the life of the church.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

A study on the worship to form Christian faith and fellowship in military church : focused on symbols-participation-communication worship

Author
Joo Song Kim
Abstract
While serving at his church, the author discovered three problems commonly found in military churches, which are the loss of the experience of grace, lack of deep fellowship, and misunderstanding of the gospel. The author proposes that encouraging participation and communication using small groups and religious symbols would alleviate these problems within the military church. Therefore, the author attempted a six-week worship project using the four elements of early church worship as a basis. Five symbols were used as key parts of the worship to encourage independent participation and immersion during worship.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

A study in the renewal of the class meeting : by the prayer school and the Bible reading

Author
Jae-poong Kim
Abstract
In the midst of keeping an eye on the Class Meeting - though given as the crucial means of grace within the Methodist Church - being increasingly formalized and fossilized, this researcher came to reach a keen awareness of the necessity for their renewal. Accordingly, on the theological basis of the Class Meeting - as little churches in a church, in its relation to Methodist Connectionalism, and as the means of grace - this research was committed to an attempt to renew the Class Meeting - namely, the prudential means of grace - by searching the Scripture and prayer, which are Wesley’s instituted means of grace, along with its application to the Class Meeting within Sillim First Methodist Church. As the result, it was found that renewal of the Class Meeting actually took place and participating members of the church experienced God’s grace in the Class Meeting and achieved spiritual growth by New Testament Reading and Prayer School Project.

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"Been there, done that" : tangible, leading-edge ministry by and for military retirees and veterans

Author
Dwayne W. Keener
Abstract
The objective of this project was to develop a military retiree ministry plan which empowers retirees for ministry to military members and their families. The author led two 16 member, retiree focus groups leading to the creation of a relevant ministry action plan, inclusive of retirees. The author also interviewed 6 senior and installation chaplains who all agreed that military retirees can be a value added resource for ministry. The analysis suggests that many military retirees and chaplains agree that a tangible ministry plan, which empowers retirees, and meets the needs of our active duty military, is relevant and necessary.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

A child shall lead them : embracing intergenerational leadership for the missional work of the church

Author
Loletuth Kalz
Abstract
The author researched using an intergenerational leadership structure for the purpose of addressing a missional opportunity in the life of a local church congregation. She studied the biblical support for intergenerational leadership and how this kind of leadership supports the missional work of the church. Analysis suggests that cultivating an intergenerational leadership team can be an effective means of cultivating relationships between people from different generations while at the same time developing more diverse voices of leadership that encourages and expands the missional impact of a worshipping community.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

A study for the hospitality of the new-church-comers and for their settle down : project for new family of Cheorwon Sung-Eun Church

Author
Yong Eun Jung
Abstract
The author carried out a six-week project regarding welcoming newcomers of Sung-eun Church and their settlement in the church. The first half of this thesis contains studies on the biblical hospitality based on researches of other theologists and suggests a theology of “Love Crossing Hospitality” the author came up with after the studies. In addition, the latter half of this thesis contains details regarding New Family Project, the six-week project regarding welcoming newcomers and their settlement. Conducting this project, the whole church has been prepared for welcoming upcoming newcomers and supporting their settlement in the church.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Strategic partnerships as a model for developing effective after-school programs in urban ministry settings

Author
Paul W. Johnson
Abstract
Institutional racism is a root cause of inequity in education. Poverty, food and housing insecurity, illiteracy and rampant violence are just some of the factors that negatively impact the academic performance of the children who live in under resourced urban areas. Churches can play a vital role in improving the holistic health of the children in those communities by developing effective after-school programs with the assistance of strategic partners. The author, the lead pastor of a church in Ward 7 of Washington, DC used qualitative research to identify key characteristics of strategic partners.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Lessons from Rwanda : moving through and beyond betrayal by clergy

Author
Kimberly A. Jackson
Abstract
Clergy and ministry leader betrayal negatively impacts people’s trust in the church and belief in God. To discern how we may move through and beyond such trauma, the author interviewed Rwandans who survived the 1994 genocide who knew of priests and nuns who betrayed churches in their care. The author then shared these findings with congregations in the United States who have been harmed by pastors or ministry leaders to determine if justice and mercy may enable their own journey towards forgiveness and reconciliation. The findings suggest repentance and atonement are key to forgiveness, whether reconciliation with perpetrators is possible.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Diversity is not division : brand loyalty and strengthening ecclesial identity through distinctively Wesleyan liturgical design

Author
Kyle Ivy
Abstract
What if secular organizational concepts, such as “brand loyalty” were tactically employed by congregations in an effort to strengthen ecclesial identity among parishioners and communities? Successful branding is achieved through specialization and differentiation. Theologically, this is the process of discerning the spiritual gifts and calling-to-ministry of individuals and communities. Practically, this is the implementation and marketing of those distinct spiritual gifts in order to faithfully serve God and underrepresented worldviews in a community. This project follows the brand development of one rural congregation, which led to strengthened ecclesial identity or “brand loyalty” among parishioners through adopting distinctively Wesleyan liturgical practices.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

The theological, personal and pastoral identity of the military chaplain

Author
Anthony J. Hunley
Abstract
Cultivating and sustaining one’s theological, personal, and pastoral identity while serving in the religiously and culturally diverse environment of the military is critical to the success of the mission and the chaplain. Utilizing John Wesley’s Class Meeting model, the author constituted a provisional Chaplain Covenant Group as one tool to support chaplains in their identity efforts. This Project Paper shares the foundations and story of that group; along with recommendations for implementation of this successful initiative as other military chaplains seek to defend themselves against spiritual warfare, bolster their identity, and live out their calling to serve God and country.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]
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