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Beyond the Building Worship for Wilderness People

Author
Veronica P Palmer
Abstract
Church buildings are important to the worshipping community. Sometimes, larger buildings become an unsustainable burden, to the detriment of mission and ministry of a congregation. This project uses the template of the Tabernacle to lead a congregation through a simulated wilderness experience, to worship in a neutral space. This process gives insight into a congregation's relationship with a building that has become unsustainable. The resulting exploration allows them to prepare to vacate their building, while revitalizing their ministry. Churches of any size may glean from this example, as it also aids in a path toward revitalization.

A Study of a Missional Life Accomplished by the Missional Spiritual Disciplines Focusing on Seowon Church

Author
Ki Song Nam
Abstract
This project paper studies the relationship between the missional spirituality and a missional life hoding the question, "how do the Christians lead a missinal life?" The author draws a conclusion that the missional spirituality has a positive influence on the Christians" missional life by comparing pre-project and post-project surveys carried out targeting the congregation of the Seowon Church who participated in the training course of the missional spiritual formation.

What kind of Leadership Model Will Help to Impact Lavington United Church and other Congregations in Similar or Related Contexts for Sustained Numerical, Spiritual and Financial Growth?

Author
John M Mucheke
Abstract
This project has reviewed the development of leadership at Lavington United Church in Nairobi. It argues that traditional models of church leadership such as servant leadership and shepherd leadership are highly dependent on a single person, the leader. Shared leadership informed by the wisdom of scripture uncovers the benefits of team leadership in various models of shared leadership both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The project has particularly drawn insights from Paul's shared leadership through his co-workers and found contextual application for the leadership practices of Lavington United Church. The author argues for the benefits of shared church leadership within his ministry context and its Relevance for other ministry contexts.

Majung Sokhoe A New Model of Class Meeting for Newcomers

Author
Yun Ho Mun
Abstract
The research is about Majung Sokhoe, which is a new model of Class Meeting which welcomes and nurtures newcomers. The purpose of this project was to restore the essence of the church and to foster newcomers on the basis of the theologies of Hospitality and Class Meeting in Methodism. The author aggregated the scattered newcomer-ministries into one (which is Majung Sokhoe), and he entrusted all the ministries of welcoming, guiding, and nurturing newcomers to Majung Sokhoe. The analysis suggests that Majung Sokhoe increases the retention/settling rate, grows the faith of laity, and changes the existing class meetings and the church.

The New Disciples' Questions and Answers Companion Guide Map

Author
Harlee Johnson
Abstract
This project examined direct Biblical pastoral care communication between pastors and pastoral care providers both within the congregation and its community, respectively. The author created a social media newsletter to assist pastoral care workers in ministering directly to their members and patients, Monday through Saturday. The analysis suggest that a daily e-mail newsletter will be effective and flexible in meeting the participants' communication needs, practically, biblically, and spiritually.

Who ART Thou? Using the Arts to Reveal Identity

Author
Barbara Jessup
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to use the arts to help churches experience a sense of unique identity by studying arts. Art can engender a sense of connection to the past as well as clarify the unique identity and mission of an individual congregation. With the hope that congregations might see their own strengths and work more closely together, the author studied two groups to determine the impact of arts on the sense of identity. The project results suggest that congregations need to be made aware of the impact of art.

Interfaith Counselling Manual for Healthcare in India

Author
Atula Jamir
Abstract
When children are born with deformities parents undergo socio-economic stress and spiritual anxiety that result in raising several theological and moral questions. This manual focuses on the religious resources for parents with children born with clubfoot. This study elaborates religious resources from Christian, Hindu, and Islam scriptures. The reference manual is aimed to empower every counsellor and health workers who closely work with family members of children with disability. Apart from providing the right references to Holy Scriptures, this manual will enhance interfaith relations and help healthcare workers, counsellors, and parents bridge a barrier that transcends creed, colour, and culture.

The Aging and the Dying A Death Education Program

Author
Hyun Ho Im
Abstract
Today, science and medicine dream of conquering over death while making infinite challenges to extending human life. Be that as it may, would a certain deathless life be truly happy? The human being is an existence that ultimately ends up dying. The Bible offers two perspectives on interpretation of death: (1) Death is a natural process of life under God's creation order. (2) Death is the consequence of sin. Although death is irresistible, only if we reflect on and prepare will for, it may turn out to be of dignity - even further, of beauty. This study aims to help Christian believers who will someday meet the process of dying to reflect on the truth that death is not an object of fear and horror, and on how precious a human life allowing us to be living only once appears to be, by which, in turn, all Christians can be guided to living a happy life. Lastly, in addition, this is purposed, by virtue of education, to ensure spiritual reinforcement in their hope and assurance for the Kingdom of God.

A Study of the Unity of the Church in Diversity by Acceptance of the Various Spiritual Forms as Expressed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 Focusing on the Experience of Various Prayers

Author
Chin Gi Hong
Abstract
This paper is a study seeking the unity of the Church by admitting that there are diverse forms of the spirituality in the church context having diversity, through the first letter of Paul to the Church of Corinth, especially 1 Corinthians 12:1-12, in which Paul deals with the diversity of the spirituality. In the text, Paul reveals that if there are various different forms, and simultaneously there is unity of spirituality to confesses Christ as the Lord, the diverse forms make the church more beneficial and complete. In the project of the paper, the author tries to admit the different forms of spirituality especially through the training that experience various forms of prayer spirituality, and at the same time to clarify the essence and definition of the Christian prayers existing in the diverse forms of prayers. The participants experienced unfamiliar forms of prayers and the existence of other types of pray forms and learned to admit other kinds of figures.

Silence to Active Voice A Leadership Process for Conversations on Timely and Sensitive Topics

Author
James E Hoffman
Abstract
Silence to Active Voice: A Leadership Process for Conversations on Timely and Sensitive Topics charts the process of the author to guide adaptive change at St. John's United Methodist Church of Kansas City, Missouri. The aim of this leadership project was to overcome silence so that the congregation could regain an active voice regarding the timely and sensitive topic of human sexuality. Through the interactive process of learning from other leaders, preaching to name silence, engagement in conversation, and forming a taskforce to move forward, the congregation embraced adaptive change in order to regain an active voice within and without.
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