Denver Seminary

The effect of a cognitive behavioral intervention on Seventh-day Adventist church members to help them discern communication from God

Author
Richard Lee Johns
Abstract
The author studied the subject of receiving communication from God (hearing God's voice) from a biblical, physiological, and historical perspective. The author conducted a project on the effect of a 12-week cognitive behavioral intervention on Seventh-day Adventist Church members that helps them properly and biblically discern God's communication with them in a way that increases their intimacy with God and avoids the extremes of hearing God's voice in other voices or not hearing from God at all. A mixed methods approach was used and the results showed a greater level of attachment to God was achieved. Qualitative feedback suggested participants believed they were better able to discern communication from God after completing the intervention.

Developing a missional, evangelistic culture in the local church

Author
Donald R Kerns
Abstract
Congregational leaders took part in an intervention ("Salt, Light, and All the BELLS") to model, teach, and coach participants toward greater evangelistic commitment, knowledge, and practice. The intent was that changes in them will make Advent Presbyterian's church culture more evangelistic. Participants' relationship to evangelism, experience in the class, and efforts to witness were studied within a phenomenological framework, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative results were inconclusive, due primarily to the sample size. Qualitative content analysis of participant statements and actions, however, yielded positive results. Leaders experienced increasees in their skills, knowledge, confidence, and practice of evangelism.

Extending beyond self: resiliency in Christian adoptive parents

Author
Harold Hyung Park
Abstract
Constructivist grounded theory was used to generate a substantive theoretical model for the development of resilience and coping strategies of Christian adoptive parents. "Resilience: Extending Beyond Self" provides a unique theory which illustrates processes in response to adoption-related parenting challenges. The core category that emerged from the research was "seeking connection." Two other categories were also raised: "turning it over to God" and "seeking new perspectives." These three areas represent protective factors which increase the likelihood of desirable outcomes in high-stress parenting situations. The model theorizes that the underlying motivation for these three categories is to find support and belonging.

Leadership in Church Revitalization

Author
Timothy C Strickland
Abstract
The researcher hypothesized that Toronto area church leaders who participated in a short-term revitalization training cohort would be equipped to begin leading revitalization in their churches. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods to study the impact of the revitalization training on the participants, the researcher concluded that the hypothesis was correct. The theological chapter studies church revitalization leaders as strategic, missionary leaders. The literature review chapter studies the following church revitalization themes: the type of leader needed, church leadership structure, outward missionary focus, leading change, and minstry areas to change.

Peacemaking from the heart of Jesus: the effect of biblical conciliation training on select small group members of Eagle Brook Church

Author
Randall E O'Brien
Abstract
Will a cognitive-behavioral small group curriculum on peacemaking principles from the Sermon on the Mount result in an increase in cognitive, affective, and behavioral aspects among Eagle Brook Church's small group attendees? Matthew 5-7 provided Jesus' principles for peacemaking. Exploration of reconciliation literature, notably from Glen Stassen and Ken Sande, further provided practical teaching and application to conflict situations. A nine-week learning environment of lecture, small group discussion, and role-play delivered the foundational teaching. Pre-testing and post-testing confirmed that application of Jesus' principles changed the participants' cognition, affect, and behavior in conflict reconciliation.

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Author
James Foo
Abstract
The purpose of this qualitative study is to identify the factors that contribute to satisfaction in remarried relationships. This study was conducted utilizing that qualitative research methodology of the ethnographic interview. Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and the Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory provided scales to measure marital interaction processes and marital satisfaction. The objective of this study was to understand the experiences of those couples in long-term remarriages and the demonstrations of satisfaction as related to marriage relationship. The construct of the research study is that of a phenomenological qualitative design.

Leading Select Members to Develop a Plan for Engaging the New Testament with Consistency and Reflection

Author
Michael J Clements
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to lead members at First Baptist Church of Floresville, Texas to engage the Scripture with consistency and reflection. God commands believers to engage his word, and through obedience to this command, members have the opportunity for spiritual change. Scripture records both reading and/or listening as two mediums for engagement. In this project, the administrator directed members to engage Scripture through an aural medium. Listening and reflection templates along with five assessments provided measurable evaluations. The project revealed new habits and spiritual change for the selected members.

Training Leaders for Growth in Humility and Listening Skills by Learning to Conduct a Large Group Process to Solve Problems that Impede Ministry

Author
Felix Gilbert
Abstract
This study investigated training leaders for growth in humility and listening skills by learning to conduct a large group process to solve problems that impede ministry. This project consisted of eleven training sessions and two weekend retreats used to teach biblical humility and the ability to listen by using the formula of the Real Time Strategic Change Method. Findings revealed that the participants grew in the virtue of humility while the change in listening skills were not statistical significant. This project provides the foundation to conduct the large process with the entire congregation using of the formula of the Real Time Strategic Change Method as a vehicle to gain perspective to solve problems in ministry.

Exploring the effect of emphasizing unity and partnership in marital education on couple closeness and marital satisfaction

Author
Kenneth A Eichler
Abstract
Christian marriage educators are looking for ways to decrease the divorce rate. The author hypothesized that increasing levels of unity and partnership within marriage would correlate to higher levels of closeness/intimacy and marital satisfaction. The method used to prove this hypothesis was to infuse marital education with concepts and strategies of unity and partnership in an eight-hour seminar, 30 day exercise guide, email communications, and measuring change in levels over a 120 day period. The results demonstrated a significant increase in levels and a strong correlation between increased levels of unity and partnership and those of closeness/intimacy and marital satisfaction.

A case study of church growth in a predominantly Anglo Southern Baptist congregation through integrated Hispanic Ministry.

Author
Miguel A Lopez
Abstract
A qualitative intrinsic case study exploring the perceived causes for church growth through integrated Hispanic ministry in an Anglo Southern Baptist church. Using Everett Roger's attributes of innovations in a series of focus groups and semi-guided interviews, this study explores the theology and best practices of an Anglo church experiencing growth through integrated Hispanic ministry. A survey of Hispanic ministry models is offered highlighting the integrated model. Three main dynamics of Hispanic ministry integration result from these conversations: Leadership dynamics, contextual community variables and the church's capacity to address the attributes of innovations before the different church stakeholders.
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