Wesley Theological Seminary

Spiritual Care for Palliative Care Outpatients

Author
Gerald C Headley
Abstract
Knowing that spiritual care is beneficial to all patients, chaplains should take a more assertive role in providing palliative care outpatients the help they need addressing spiritual, religious, and existential concerns. The author worked at a major urban hospital to give spiritual care to palliative care outpatients. The author also surveyed fourteen area palliative care organizations to see how they provide spiritual care for this population. The author recommends chaplains take a proactive role in making spiritual care available for outpatients who would otherwise not receive spiritual care in the community.

Intercultural Competency Offering an alternate leadership tool that shifts congregations from a mono-cultural model of church to an adaptive, intercultural congregation that integrates more new people, younger people and more diverse people

Author
Stephen E Handy
Abstract
The author considered whether the people of God could emerge from a historical and homogeneous congregation to become an intercultural congregation. While many tools are emerging to awaken congregations to the reality of gentrifying areas in urban communities, this project includes the impact of the theological and the sociological to develop intercultural competent leaders. Intercultural competency is one of the leadership tools that offer a greater awareness of the contextual and cultural realities of people, practices and behaviors. Intercultural competency can serve as an intervention of hope in the life of the church. Those intercultural and adaptive leaders can become a missional force of Jesus Christ while creating a discipleship path connecting with more people, young people and more diverse people for the sake of the gospel.

Discerning the Next Step Helping Struggling Churches Find Their Way

Author
Vaughan R Hayden
Abstract
Decades of decline have left many churches in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the UMC struggling. Is there an effective method of intervention that can change the direction of struggling churches? This project designed an intervention utilizing the adaptive challenge approach to help churches discern the next step. After a six- week Bible Study followed by a workshop, their values and beliefs were challenged. They contemplated their place on the life cycle of the church and utilized a process of discernment to compose a letter from the Lord for their congregation similar to the letters for the churches in Revelation.

The Impact of Personality Training on Lay Leadership

Author
Young-Jun Kim
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to strengthen the lay leadership of the Korean church through a character training program. The right character for Christians was assessed from the nine fruits of the Spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, from which a weekly training program was actualized using lectures and sharing in small groups. Project results showed that the character of trained lay leaders showed improvements manifested in the leadership. The author hopes and expects that the lay leadership can be set on the right path through character training, in order to establish a healthier Korean church.

Spirituality Development Through the Life Quality Improvement Program of Old Age: Focusing on Hyun-Nam Central Methodist Church

Author
Jin-Hyung Kim
Abstract
In this thesis, I try to overcome the problems of old age that are the result of an aging society in Korea, as well as in the Korean church. I focus on the relation between spirituality and improvement in the quality of life of the elderly, for that is the way in which the problems of an aging society will best be tackled. To this end, I developed a program titled "spiritual formation for improving the quality of life for the elderly." The program ran for eight weeks in the Hyun-Nam Church where I am the senior pastor. The project was conducted with the help of three social workers, and the results were assessed with the help of a questionnaire. Through this program, the church can help improve the quality of life of the elderly in our community, revitalize their spiritual lives, and help them move towards a more beautiful and rewarding old age.

A Study for the Unity of Congregation from Diverse Faith Traditions: An Early Morning Prayer Program Based on Wesley's Sermons

Author
Min Kwak
Abstract
: In this thesis, I seek the way in which all church members who are consisted in the Methodist and the other denominations can be unified as one body of Christ under the identity as the Methodist. For this purpose, a project is carried out that is early morning prayer meeting for forty days, which is performed with the theology, life of John Wesley and his standard sermons. For forty days, a variety of members as the different denominations and ages are participated. After this program, I take a survey via questionnaires and interview for ascertaining the meaning and the influence of this project. The participants testify, through this early morning prayer meeting, that they can experience spiritual growth. Furthermore, I assert that this project is crucial because of establishing the identity as a Methodist to the congregations from the other denominations as well as even the Methodist.

Study of Small Church Growth and Independence: Effective Operation and Renewal Through the Kwanglim Church SALT PLAN

Author
Soonjung Kwun
Abstract
During the revival period of the Korean church there was no need for a special church planting strategy or plan. As the number of churches and pastors increased, problems such as overpopulation of large churches and competition between ministers started to occur. Thus, a number of problems arose. This paper, with the theological consideration that God wants the mission of the Church to be the growth and independence of different churches, addresses how the SALT PLAN, the small church growth and self-reliance program organized by Kwanglim Church, can be developed more effectively and provide practical help.

A study of the First Corinthians from the viewpoint of balance and the pastoral balance required in Tampa Korean Evangelical Church

Author
Byunguk Lee
Abstract
This paper is about the project I have tried in hopes of preventing another church split after taking a position as the senior pastor at a church that has scars of division. For seven Wednesday worship services, I chose 1 Corinthians as the main text for the sermons. Then the contents of sermons were developed into Bible study materials for different ministry groups. I approached the 1 Corinthians from the perspective of balance. I prepared my weekly messages based on passages with the principle of balance.

Inner Healing in Small-Groups in the Church That Focuses on Sharing Stories

Author
Myungsoo Lee
Abstract
This study was introduction of inner healing program in the church with a 12-week process of breaking down the barriers between the new arrivals and present church members, and mixing up the two groups to create new groups and tell the story of life. The aim of the program is to observe how inner healing has influenced and interact within each person's life. Furthermore, it is a suggestion of how intimately each has connected to others after the program, and find what the problems and improvements are afterward.

Feed My Sheep Creating an LGBTQ Community Center In Montgomery County, Maryland

Author
Denise Dombkowski Hopkins
Abstract
Members of the faith community, along with others, came together to create a community center for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning) people in Montgomery County, MD. Based on the belief that all human beings are created in the Image of God, and therefore must be given a full measure of love and dignity, the MoCo Pride Center is a way of reaching out to a community long marginalized by many churches. The intersection of faith and community building is one of the main themes that runs through this project. It also challenges the practice of sending people elsewhere, outside of Montgomery County, for needed services rather than addressing those needs within the county. This project paper traces the creation of the Center from the recognition of its need to the final launch event of an incorporated, recognized 501(c)(3) organization.
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