Western Seminary (Portland, Or)

Mobilizing Chinese congregations in Hong Kong to engage in local diaspora missions to Indonesian migrant workers from informing, inspiring, to equipping

Author
Tat-Kin Lin
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to mobilize Hong Kong Chinese congregations to engage in local diaspora missions to Indonesian migrant workers. The ways of achieving this goal are through informing, inspiring, and equipping Hong Kong Chinese congregations. The mixed methods approach (i.e., combining qualitative and quantitative methods) and the integrated research model (i.e., interdisciplinary approach) are employed in this research. It concludes with a proposed "Glocal" model for missions to diaspora, illustrating what, why, and how a church can successfully make a local response to the global challenge by ministering to the Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong.

Ethnohermeneutics: disciplinary integration and pedagogical application

Author
Geoffrey Hartt
Abstract
In this dissertation the author surveyed and analyzed various understandings of ethnohermeneutics, and employed disciplinary integration to analyze ethnohermeneutic theories against a set of multi-disciplinary criteria rather than against a single hermeneutical model (grammatical-historical). Data for this analysis were collected from archival sources such as libraries, online journals, and interviews with proponents of ethnohermeneutics. Relevant literature was reviewed from a multi-disciplinary as well as global perspective. This research has resulted in the proposal of an integrative model of ethnohermeneutics, supported by an undergraduate course designed to equip pastors, teachers, and missionaries to practice ethnohermeneutics (Bible interpretation) in cross-cultural settings.

A phenomenological study of the impact of short-term missions experiences on protestant Chinese adolescents in the Greater Toronto area

Author
Mei-Yee Woo
Abstract
The purpose of this Phenomenological study is to examine the lived short-term missions (STM) experiences of Protestant Chinese adolescents in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the impact of the lived experiences of Protestant Chinese adolescent participants in STMs on their relationships vertically with God and horizontally with family, friend, and the world. Every STM is a paradigm of relational realism.

Preaching like the Prophets: An Evaluation of the Hebrew Prophets as Examples for the Practice of Pastoral Preaching

Author
Robert A Carlson
Abstract
The author demonstrates that the Hebrew prophets are helpful examples for pastoral preaching. Part I evaluates exegetical evidence and Old Testament studies literature to show continuity between prophets and preachers. Both are essentially messengers of God, apply past redemption and future hope to contemporary issues, and minister by the power of the Holy Spirit. Part II compares recent rhetorical analysis of the prophets' oracles to current literature on the practice of homiletics. The prophets intentionally captured attention, used rhetorical devices to enhance persuasive effect, exemplified oral clarity, spoke relevantly, and used specific examples and object lessons.

Leading Through Succession: Why Pastoral Leadership is the key to a Healthy Transition

Author
C Andrew Flowers
Abstract
The goal of this dissertation is to encourage pastors to see that succession planning is an important part of their job. I will investigate cultural changes, secular succession practices, and church leadership methods in an effort to show why it is important for pastors to take the lead in succession. This is not a procedural manual with particular recipe to follow. Rather, this is a leadership training tool that calls pastors to guide their church through the often traumatic process of succession.

An Integrative Model for Sending Exogenous Missionaries to the Middle East and North Africa Through Relational Diaspora Missions

Author
Brian Hebert
Abstract
The purpose of this archival research is to design a model for sending exogenous missionaries to the Middle East through practicing relational missions to diaspora Arab Muslims. This qualitative dissertation utilizes interdisciplinary archival research integrating theology, history of mission in the Middle East, diaspora studies, and anthropology to assess the role of relational networks in sending exogenous missionaries through diaspora ministries to Muslims. Arab culture operates on a web of formal and informal relational networks. A number of historical and contemporary cases demonstrate that relational networks exist and have provided the bridge for transnational movement for secular and missional purposes.

Unmasking consumerism for the practice of relational discipleship within the contemporary American cultural context

Author
Matthew Charles Chittum
Abstract
This integrative study unmasked consumerism for the practice of relational discipleship within the contemporary American cultural context. The author used ethnography, theological study, and case study to expose the corruptive consequence of consumerism on relationship, and offered relational discipleship as a constructive alternative that is scripturally sound, theologically supported, and offered relational discipleship as a constructive alternative that is scripturally sound, theologically supported, theoretically coherent, contextually relevant, and practically applicable. The Triune god was set forth as the primary example for relationship and the Leader in initiating and facilitating of discipleship. This needed holistic approach calls for a rejection of consumerism and materialism and provides the process of transforming change from corruption to Christ-likeness.

Towards a paradigm of missional ecclesiology for Korean diaspora

Author
Paul Kyu-Jin Choi
Abstract
The researcher conducted an archival research to formulate an integrated paradigm of a missional ecclesiology for Korean diaspora, by identifying and describing its core elements. A paradigm was formulated by integrating socio-cultural characteristics of Korean diaspora church and framework of culturally-appropriate, theologically-sound and theoretically-coherent missional ecclesiology for Korean diaspora. Eight criteria of missional ecclesiology were identified, and three ontological values were identified: to be sent by the Triune God; to represent the reign of God in the through Jesus Christ; and to be led by the Holy Spirit. Implications of each value are elaborated in the context of Korean diaspora.

Training lay shepherds to assist in discipling the local church

Author
Joel Allen King
Abstract
This project is a training manual that can be used to empower spiritual leaders to make disciples of others. By the end of the training these shepherds should have a clear idea of what it means to disciple someone and what the goal of discipleship is. They should also have a clear understanding of what a disciple needs to know, to do, and ultimately what a disciple of Jesus needs to become.

Wandering Jews and scattered Sri Lankans: viewing Sri Lankans of the Gulf Cooperation Council through the lens of the old Testament Jewish diaspora

Author
Ted Allen Rubesh
Abstract
This study explores the relationship of the Old testament Jewish diaspora to contemporary diaspora, applying the resulting Jewish framework to the particular experience of the Sri Lankan diaspora resident in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The study is archival in method, quantitative and qualitative in approach and is built on interdisciplinary research applied to the field of diaspora missiology. It concludes that the framework of the Old Testament Jewish diaspora experience provides a formative paradigm from which to discern the social and theological dynamics that shape the experiences sucha s that of the Sri lankan community in the GCC.
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