Denver Seminary

Evaluating the effect of a ten week multi-level mentor training course on cell leaders and cell members being trained to make disciples by mentoring at multiple levels

Author
Matthew J Howell
Abstract
This action research project was created to test the application of the research and measure its effects in regard to making disciples. It involved teaching multi-level mentor training to a group of cell leaders and cell members. A test to measure identification with statements that reflected the qualities of a multi-level mentoring disciple-maker was given both pre- and post-course to measure any increase in identification, along with journaling. Results included improved communication skills, greater awareness of God at work in one's own life and in relationships with others, and better understanding of spiritual gifts and personality traits in cell ministry.

Will a conflict resolution training program for deacons at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church of Greensboro, North Carolina, coupled with case studies, enable these leaders to understand their role as mediators in conflict resolution as pointed out by...

Author
Patrick M Cronin
Abstract
The researcher conducted twelve conflict resolution training sessions for 16 active deacons, ages ranging from 34-80. An informal demographic questionnaire was completed by each deacon. The level of understanding was determined using a Likert scale questionnaire and a conflict inventory instrument in the pre/post study interview. The results indicated that overall the project may have enabled the deacons to better understand their role in conflict resolution. The conflict inventory instrument indicated that they grew favorably towards dealing proactively with conflict, but are not sure of their preferred methods for dealing with conflict.

Will pastors benefit from a workshop based on the insights of those who have experienced a forced exit?

Author
Gary P Badker
Abstract
This research proposes to determine if warning signs are detectable prior to the forced exit of pastors and if knowledge of these signs when combined with intervention strategies can benefit current pastors. Ten pastors who have experienced a forced exit are interviewed. Their insights are combined with parallel research that has studied the involuntary termination of chief executive officers. The results of this research form the basis of a workshop for current pastors. Through a questionnaire administered at the end of the workshop and subsequent interviews, it appears such information is perceived as helpful by current pastors.

The assessment of a self-study course designed to develop mentoring commitment and competency among Australian Baptist church leaders

Author
John R Sweetman
Abstract
Many present Christian leaders appear to lack a vision for and competency in mentoring potential leaders. This thesis examines the biblical validity of mentoring and andragogy, and assesses the effect of a self-study, andragogical mentoring course, written by the researcher, on the mentoring commitment and competency of Australian Baptist church leaders. Forty leaders, including seventeen pastors, completed the course and were tested both before and after the course for their mentoring ability (commitment, knowledge and skills). The results indicate that the course may be effective in improving the mentoring ability of Christian leaders.

Can lay leaders at OakWood Church successfully identify, make informed decisions about solving, and accept ownership for the solutions to key missional problems in the area of outreach?

Author
David R Sheppard
Abstract
The project examined whether lay leaders could engage in effective group problem solving by identifying obstacles to numerical growth at OakWood Church, proposing solutions to those obstacles, and accepting ownership for their solutions. Participants interviewed attendees of OakWood and other churches to learn what they believed were growth obstacles and solutions. Participants drew their own conclusions from these interviews and employed Fox's Improved Nominal Group Technique to narrow the field of obstacles and solutions. Overall, participants were unsuccessful in identifying valid growth obstacles and the solutions to remove those obstacles. They successfully demonstrated a high degree of ownership for their solutions.

The impact of an eight-week divorce recovery workshop upon the well-being of men and women going [through] the process of separation an[d] divorce

Author
Christopher C Miller
Abstract
The researcher proposed that an eight-week divorce recovery workshop would increase the well-being of men and women attending the workshop. The Fisher Divorce Adjustment Scale and the General Well Being Schedule were given to the attendees in a pre-test and post-test format. Subjective, short-answer questionnaires were given along with the two tests. Both the objective and subjective data showed significant change in the attendees. The data analysis suggested a high probability that the workshop was the primary change agent.

Analogical problem solving as an aid to personal application of expository sermons

Author
John E Kaiser
Abstract
This project proposes that analogical problem-solving can help people apply biblical principles to real life situations. Five double-blind experiments using written exercises tested that hypothesis in small groups at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Questionnaires, focus groups, and interviews further explored the plausibility of the hypothesis. Neither the quantitative nor the qualitative measures were able to establish the hypothesis conclusively. The researcher attributes this result to design factors and suggests that a revised format might prove more effective in further studies.

An alternative approach to the teaching of Baptist history and principles at the Queensland Baptist College of Ministries

Author
Christopher Alan Burridge
Abstract
This project investigated whether the use of individualized workbooks, accompanied by a course facilitator assisted fourth year external students at Queensland Baptist College of Ministry in Brisbane, Australia, to learn the course content for the subject "Baptist history and principles" and develop in them an increased sense of identity with Baptist heritage. An action research method was used whereby new course workbooks were written and implemented as the course curriculum. Students were interviewed pre- and post-course and responses compared. The paper concluded that the workbooks did assist students to learn course content and developed a stronger sense of identity with Baptist heritage.

The Art of Storytelling: Developing Discernment in an Age of Distraction

Author
Mark A Hamby
Abstract
Through the art of storytelling, twelve instructional lessons of Wisdom lay the foundation for the development of discernment in relation to Wisdom and Folly. The categorically prescriptive truths of Proverbs 1:1-10:1, Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, 2 Peter 1:3-10, and Hebrews 5:8-14 will serve as the building blocks for the development of Christ-like character. Four goals of this research are: (1) an understanding of the fear of the Lord; (2) an increase in discernment when faced with Folly's promises of prosperity, prestige, protection, and pleasure; (3) an increased motivation to yield to correction; and (4) a yearning to seek Wisdom as hidden treasure.
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