Dallas Theological Seminary

An assessment of parental feelings of failure, guilt, and blame in coping with the rebellious adolescent

Author
Timothy Allen Reger
Abstract
The Millennial Generation has experienced paradigm shift which keeps them from accepting their parents' values and beliefs. This dissertation has three hypotheses. (1) There is an association between parental feelings of failure and coping with adolescent rebellion. (2) There is an association between parental feelings of guilt and coping with adolescent rebellion. (3) There is an association between parental feelings of blame and coping with adolescent rebellion. The Family Values Questionnaire was given to eight families of various compositions, each unit contained least one parent and one adolescent rebelling against the family's values and beliefs. The interviews confirmed the hypotheses.

Developing Biblical leaders through the teaching and mentoring of a seminary professor

Author
Benjamin C Shin
Abstract
The thesis of this dissertation is that seminary students upon graduation from seminary are typically not prepared to lead their church congregations and ministries in large part due to the kind of education that seminaries and theological institutions provide. This has led to a large void in leadership within churches and ministries as well as a disconnection between the local church and seminaries. The body of the dissertation is divided into four parts: an analysis of the problem, a literature review of the overview of theological education in seminaries and theological institutions, an analysis of specific skills for the readiness of graduating students from seminary in regards to leadership, and finally a suggested proposal utilizing seminary professors and local pastors serving in the role of mentors in order to help guide and train students for leadership.

Case studies of churches in western Pennsylvania that examine methodologies used to start a new worship service

Author
Jeffrey C Diedrich
Abstract
The thesis of this dissertation is to demonstrate how evangelical churches effectively plan and launch a new worship service in addition to the one(s) they currently have. The researcher selected these two case studies because they demonstrated a determination to evangelize their communities with the gospel. This passion manifested into a desire to minister to more people through a new worship service. The research format was both qualitative and quantitative in nature as the researcher used quantitative surveys, open-ended questions, personal interviews, church campus visits, and archival data analysis to develop a deeper understanding of the planning process. This researcher believed two factors contributed to a successful launch of a new worship service: clear, consistent communication by leadership and unity in the leadership team. Research concluded this hypothesis was true. This researcher believes missionally-minded, evangelical churches often lead the way by breaking free of ineffective methods, reinventing the way ministry is done. The church must be willing to change or die.

The first five years: critical factors to the successful intentional translation from a long-tenured senior pastor

Author
Christopher M Freeland
Abstract
Although it is impossible to imagine a more disruptive change to a church than a transition of its senior pastor, this qualitative research project showed that careful attention to the critical factors of (1) an unwavering public respect between the departing pastor and his successor, (2) a ministry philosophy that allows freedom of form while maintaining core function, and (3) a clarity of non-staff church leadership governance that allows the incoming senior pastor both freedom and protection can ease the disruption to a local church and propel its ministry into the future.

A descriptive survey of healthy pastoral marriages of more than thirty years

Author
Gary Barnes
Abstract
The purpose of this applied research project was to discover how a select group of pastoral couples maintained a lasting, harmonious marriage while facing the pressures of ministry. This study began with a survey of biblical and professional literature that examined the divine paradigm for marriage, the stressors associated with ministry, and critical steps couples took to create a more amicable, enduring relationship. Next, the project gleaned information from a survey distributed to couples who have been married for at least thirty years and have served in the pastorate. The project director compiled, synthesized, and reported the results. The conclusions drawn affirm that God's marital construct can and will endure the stressors of ministry when couples apply biblical principles. This report is intended to bring encouragement to pastoral couples who are fighting the good fight. May they find hope from their harbingers.

Selected case studies of large Evangelical churches in establishing and sustaining a satellite campus

Author
John P Carswell
Abstract
The thesis of this dissertation expresses that in order to successfully launch and sustain a multi-site location within a large evangelical church, senior leadership must replicate the core ideology of the church in the satellite location. Although, replicating core ideology can be facilitated in many ways, campus leadership and church metrics are two important factors in this process.

Selected case studies on contributing factors for spiritual formation within the culture of American individualism

Author
David F Ingrassia
Abstract
This dissertation asks what contributing factors within the selected churches allow them to develop effective spiritual formation strategies. Using a qualitative research method the dissertation proposes that effective churches: (1) accommodate the cultural traits of self-centered American individualism; and (2) correct these traits. This dissertation includes a literature review and historical analysis of the cultural traits of American individualism, which currently exists in two primary forms, as well as a survey of the changing spiritual formation strategies in the American church.

Selected expert perspectives on Ezekiel 38-39 related to current world events with resulting influence on ministry practices

Author
Stanley A Maughan
Abstract
This research project focused on current thinking related to the prophecy given in Ezekiel 38-39, the war of Gog and Magog. The author interviewed respected experts in the area of biblical eschatology regarding their understanding of the passage, where the war fits in connection with other end times events, their understanding of current world events that may indicate the possible soon fulfillment of the prophecy, and how their thoughts had influenced their ministry practices. The author concluded that the war will most likely occur prior to the Great Tribulation, and could be rapidly approaching, which directly impacts ministry practice.

Effective strategies for cross culture/cross linguistic ministry to Chinese students/scholars in the United States

Author
Jiaxian Tao
Abstract
This project did a case study to find out the factors which enhance cross culture/cross language ministries among the Chinese new immigrants, students, and visiting scholars in the United States. Four factors were studies, which included: the presence of friendly American Christians, bilingual meetings, American cultural presentation, and small group Bible study fellowship with American Christians. All these factors have positive effect in attracting the target group to the ministry and make the ministry more effective.

The ministry leadership challenges of the Singapore Bible College women alumnae

Author
Siew Huong Teong
Abstract
The research measured SBC women alumnae's leadership challenges and gathered their suggestions as to how the college can better equip women students. A descriptive survey was conducted. The study identified the enormous impact of Confucianism on the leadership challenges of SBC alumnae. The alumnae's top ten leadership challenges include overcommitment, burnout, perfectionism, overly high expectation of oneself, balancing family and ministry, balancing motherhood and ministry, conflict resolution, implementing change in ministry, decision making, and excessive concern over the criticism toward oneself. The alumnae highly recommend SBC begin to provide courses related to gender role, gender challenges, and partnership with men.
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