Dallas Theological Seminary

A teaching program on the doctrine of the spirit for use in religious education

Author
Jeffrey A Bryan
Abstract
This project was developed on the assumption that many pastors and teachers in conservative evangelical churches largely ignore the doctrine of the Spirit in their weekly preaching and teaching ministries. While not all churches fall under this generalization, the evidence presented in this project suggests many fail to celebrate or acknowledge the Spirit's presence in their worship services, sermons, and classes. However, the research conducted in this project shows a positive relationship between a biblical course on the doctrine of the Spirit and an increased knowledge of the doctrine, positive attitudes toward the Spirit, and an increased personal reliance upon the Spirit. Thus, this project lends credibility to the assumption that most believers would gladly embrace biblical teachings concerning the doctrine of the Spirit if offered from church pulpits and lecterns.

A course designed for Christian women unpacking the spiritual gifts for service

Author
Leonette Y Lewis
Abstract
This research project designed a spiritual gifts curriculum for Christian women. The project evaluated the effectiveness of a four-week seminar in educating Christian women on the topic of spiritual gifts. This course assisted the women in the discovery of their spiritual gifts and aided in identifying ministries in which they were gifted to serve. This course of study focused on spiritual gifts and their functions for women who may or may not have known of their spiritual gifts and may or may not have served in ministries or were serving in ministries outside of their spiritual giftedness in the church. By taking thirty Christian women, ages nineteen and older of various church denominations through this course of study, the women gained knowledge of spiritual gifts. A pre-test/post-test was administered to the students to gauge their knowledge of spiritual gifts before and following instruction. This data revealed an increase in knowledge of spiritual gifts. Also, a spiritual gifts assessment was administered to assist in the discovery of their spiritual gifts, and the one-on-one ministry interviews aided in identifying other ministries in which the women were able to serve.

The development and evaluation of a theological class for understanding and communicating the essential doctrines of the Christian faith within the local church

Author
Christopher J Hopf
Abstract
The aim of this research is to identify the problem, but to also offer a solution (an eight-week theology class) that will aid the church in teaching her members key theological information to help them know why they believe what they believe. This research and development of an eight-week theology class for the church is framed in three hypotheses: (1) After this class, church members will have an increased knowledge and understanding of essential doctrines of the Christian faith, (2) After this class, church members will be able to communicate the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, and (3) After this class, church members will value theological understanding more than they did before the class. These hypotheses were studied quantitatively using the pre/posttest model and qualitatively using pre/posttest interviews.

An Analysis of the Course, Introduction to Speech Communication: A Learning Theories Approach

Author
Jennifer S Brooks
Abstract
This study sought to establish a classroom where students will be better prepared for presentations in future courses and in ministry. By implementing surveys inventories, and focus groups the author discovered ways to teach students effectively at the beginning of the twenty-first century. While looking at learning theory, attention was given to characteristics of the adult learner that are different from the child learner, how students differ from each other and the professor, and methods most effective in the adult contemporary classroom.

Strategic planning for Christian organizations

Author
Oscar Teodoro Arauco
Abstract
This applied research project studied the hypothesis of an association between organizational effectiveness and organizational strategic planning that includes three components. These components are strategic planning that is intentional, integrated, and implemented. This association is compared in the same organization before and after their strategic planning, and is defined as the organization's ability to accomplish its vision and mission. This hypothesis was studied quantitatively through a survey of previous research and literature review, and qualitatively using the case study method in three Christian organizations. The results argue for the research hypotheses that organizational strategic planning is associated with organizational effectiveness.

A comparative church study of successful family ministry models

Author
James B Logan
Abstract
The focus of this research project was on key factors for sustainable family ministry programs. He wished to discover the current best practices being utilized by effective family ministries as well as to identify major threats facing families, especially the black family.The author used four case studies as the research method in this project. This research project met but did not exceed the expectation of identifying key factors for sustainable family ministry programs that: (a) regularly address the unique needs of single parent households; (b) approach domestic violence through vehicles of education, counseling, or referrals; and (c) conduct annual evaluations.

An Exploration of the Extent to which the Teaching of Bowen Family Systems Theory Enhances the Self-Understanding of Wounded Ministers

Author
Perry Riley
Abstract
Bowen Family Systems Theory provides a solution for emotionally wounded ministers that are striving for greater self-understanding. The central argument of Bowen's Theory is that unresolved issues from an individual's past are rooted in each person's family system. Bowen's Theory focuses on the need for ministers to understand the importance of managing their family conflicts and congregational stress. The results led to lowered anxiety and better functionality in almost every aspect of wounded ministers' lives, thus producing a greater emotional maturity. Ministers who will work on modifying how they function will become the most effective church leaders and pastors.

AN EXPLORATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A MEN'S TEACHING MINISTRY WITHIN BLACK EVANGELICAL CHURCHES

Author
Gregory A Carthan
Abstract
This project explored a teaching ministry within black Evangelical churches to equip men for their roles as husbands, fathers and leaders.National surveys indicate a drop in the number of intact black households to 34%. Absent fathers have had a destructive effect on the home and community. It's important that African-American men understand and assume their roles as leaders in the home. Governmental programs to stem this destruction have failed to address the root issue. The clear declaration of the gospel changes people's hearts (1 Cor 1:21). This project explores turning the hearts of fathers to their children (Mal 4:6).

AN EXAMINATION OF DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY DOCTORATE OF MINISTRY PASTORAL LEADERSHIP COURSES THAT TEACH PASTORS HOW TO LEAD AND MANAGE A LOCAL CHURCH

Author
Jason R Wiesepape
Abstract
One of the challenges of local churches in North America is the lack of sufficient training for pastors to lead and manage a local church. This research project addressed this deficiency. This research project examined two separate Dallas Theological Seminary Doctorate of Ministry pastoral leadership courses. The research method included a combination of questionnaires, interviews, and review of pertinent course materials. The courses chosen for this research were DM550 Effective Church Leadership (DM550) and DM521 Church Health, Leadership, and Multiplication (DM521). These two church pastoral leadership development courses currently and previously taught in the Doctorate of Ministry program at Dallas Theological Seminary were examined in order to identify the essential elements of a senior level strategic leadership development course that teaches church pastors how to lead and manage a local church. This project explored the essential elements of senior level strategic leadership to create a program to develop church pastors to lead and manage a local church. The essential elements included development and evaluation of a church's mission, vision and values, analysis and evaluation of a church's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, development of a strategic plan for implementing change, and developing a strategic plan for developing leaders. The results of this evaluation not only impact the ministry of the researcher, but also that of other churches, seminaries and pastoral development organizations.

Factors contributing to the the establishment of a sustainable theolgical higher education branch campus

Author
Bleeker Joshua J
Abstract
This research examines factors contributing to the establishment of a sustainable theological higher education branch campus. It employs a qualitative case study method to examine Dallas Seminary's archives, interview experts in the field, and compare DTS sites and other seminaries. The propositions assumed positive impact on sustainability (proximity to an undergraduate Bible college; the presence of local faculty-staff for recruitment, retention, and liaising with the home campus; and educational offerings responsive to student needs). The research confirmed some propositions and revised others. Marketability, advocacy, accessibility, and visibility actually provide markers by which similar institutions can evaluate their distance education programs.
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