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Personality type and preaching

Author
Stephen D Watson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to see if the Jungian personality dimension of Sensing significantly influenced the proclamation of the text of Scripture. The hypothesis of this project was that "Personality types, as defined by Jung and measured by the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, significantly influence the way a preacher presents the material from the biblical text in his sermons." The result of this project was that there was a significant difference between the way that the Sensing personality type and the Intuitive personality type preach. It was not possible to compare the Sensing personality type with either the Thinking or Feeling personality types in a significant way in this study.

An examination of the starting point of a preacher's sermon as either being the text or the audience

Author
Cody S McQueen
Abstract
Different words used in the New Testament describe various roles a preacher can take on and could necessitate different starting points for preaching as either the text or the audience. By surveying sermons given by preachers in the New Testament, modern literature on the subject of preaching, and personal interviews with eight seasoned preaching pastors, the conclusion was reached that a preacher's perceived primary role does not affect their starting point in preaching. Instead, other factors, such as education, pastoral intuition, and size of audience, affected a preacher's starting point, which often was the audience rather than the text.

Comparing marital satisfaction for Christian couples across multiple ethnic groups

Author
Terry M Turner
Abstract
This project was designed to learn about different cultures and the Christian marriages of people with the same racial backgrounds compared to those with other racial backgrounds. The impetus of this project was to explore the marital satisfaction of different racial groups by researching the explanations given by happy couples for the reasons of their marital success. The participating couples in this project revealed many new insights to both similarities and differences when comparing each of the ethnic marriage cultures involved in the research. When comparing the marital satisfaction of Christian couples from four ethnicities, Christianity was the determining influence on their marital happiness and stability. Regardless of the different racial backgrounds, each couple highly valued the practice of Christian principles in their marriage.

Impediments to a biblical model of discipleship among women in Cameroon, Africa

Author
Cristen L Campbell
Abstract
This qualitative research analyzed the impediments to a biblical model of discipleship among women in Cameroon, Africa through an examination of four hypotheses. The first hypothesis relates to a lack of literacy. The second hypothesis concerns a lack of available resources, both financial and material. The third hypothesis pertains to a lack of education. The fourth hypothesis considers the influence of other socio-cultural conditions that bear upon the process of discipleship. The research was accomplished through the use of case study interviews, utilizing a questionnaire developed by the author.

An identification and evaluation of the traits necessary for a healthy marriage where one spouse has a long-term, non-terminal, physical disability

Author
Gregory A Hattberg
Abstract
This study seeks to answer the following research questions: What traits are necessary to produce a healthy relationship in a couple where one spouse has a long-term, non-terminal physical disability and what is characteristic of those traits? These are questions that began to identify and evaluate the traits in healthy couples. While many studies focus on factors that negatively affect marriages, this study will center on those traits that are seen to strengthen a marriage. Two methods of research were used. First, non-experimental, descriptive quantitative surveys to qualify healthy couples. Second, qualitative, personal interviews were conducted with the healthy couples. Commitment and communication are necessary traits for a healthy marriage with commitment being more essential. Commitment and communication are essential but no indication of which is more important.

An examination of the contributing factors empowering airmen to focus on core values through core group discussions within the 86th maintenance group at Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

Author
Mark B McKellen
Abstract
This research followed the USAF's view that mentoring takes place in the core group discussions between the supervisor and subordinate. One hypothesis of this research was that there was a relationship between the level of risk and the level of trust which are contributing factors empowering Airmen. The second hypothesis was that there was a relationship between the level of respect and the level of leadership which are contributing factors empowering Airmen. The qualitative results reveal that level of leadership has a greater impact on core group discussions than does the level of risk, trust or respect.

Leadership development in fast growing, multi-site churches

Author
Michael J McCormick
Abstract
The purpose of this research was to explore core strategies for leadership development that can be applied to fast growing, multi-site churches. The research method used was qualitative case studies of two churches who opened five campuses in a seven year period.The thesis of this dissertation asserted that certain ingredients exist that, when mixed together, result in accelerating the development of a leader. The ingredient found to accelerate leader development are: classes, community groups, one-on-one coaching, and ministry experiences.

An evaluation of the identification and recruiting of leaders in selected multiethnic churches

Author
Edward R Choy
Abstract
At least three contributing factors have been identified as central for senior pastors and leaders in multiethnic churches who need to identify and recruit more leaders. Senior pastors need the vision and compelling communication of the vision for a multiethnic church. They need a commitment to and the skill to empower leaders. And they need a system of assessing potential leaders that includes cultural IQ. Using the case study method, two senior pastors were interviewed who have a track record of multiplying leaders to grow their churches. Both churches are multiethnic and diverse according to the definition used in this research.

Evangelical Christian catechesis as a disciple-making tool for American, adult, Christian women

Author
Brittany C Burnette
Abstract
This research project evaluated the effectiveness of evangelical Christian catechesis as a disciple-making tool for American, adult, Christian women. By taking thirty adult (ages 21 and older), American, Christian women through a period of evangelical catechesis, my project indicated that catechized women demonstrate a greater knowledge of biblical and theological concepts than before the implementation of the program. Moreover, the women integrated their knowledge into their spheres of influence with greater ease than before the catechumenate, and they viewed catechesis as central to Christian disciple-making than before the program.

Case studies evaluating the effectiveness of a Bible study program in influencing youth's masculinity

Author
Rodney D Stodghill
Abstract
The author researches three factors fathers need to raise biblical masculine sons: fear of God; father modeling the fear; and father teaching the fear. Men were surveyed to identify their father's masculine influence upon their moral behavior. Two case studies were developed to identify Restoring Authenticate Masculinity Bible study program effectiveness in restoring biblical masculinity. The author concluded that the fear of God was important to the development of the son's biblical masculine identity. The RAM Bible study program was significant in achieving the change.
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