Denver Seminary

The effects of a guided Sabbath-rest on increasing emotional maturity and decreasing anxiety caused by pastors internalizing extraneous demands

Author
Craig H Carr
Abstract
This study addressed the anxiety and distress in ministry caused by pastors internalizing the many expectations of the congregation. Systems theory provides the necessary tools to navigate the anxious swells of the ministry environment. Focusing on healthy individuality and positive engagement with others, the resulting data showed an increase of 17% in emotional maturity and a decrease of 54% in self-reported symptoms of anxiety.

Intimate allies: exploring the effect of a marital intervention to increase marital intimacy for military couples facing ongoing deployments

Author
Warren K Robinson
Abstract
This study evaluated a biblical and psycho-educational program designed to increase and strengthen marital satisfaction and commitment among military couples. The primary objective was to educate couples on eight dimensions of intimacy and measure the impact on satisfaction and commitment. It was hypothesized that after receiving the education, couples would report increases in intimacy, satisfaction, and commitment. A convenience sample of ten couples participated in a twelve week marital enrichment program. Results indicated that participating in the program increased marital satisfaction and strengthened commitment. The author recommends that marital enrichment programs incorporate a multidimensional intimacy model when working with couples.

Toward building intimacy in young couples in Tatarstan, Russia using a culturally adapted, communication-focused version of PREP [registered symbol], a marital enrichment program

Author
Monte E Race
Abstract
The thesis studied the effect that a culturally adapted version of the MRE PREP has on marital intimacy, marital satisfaction, conflict resolution, and expectations on young married couples in Tatarstan, Russia. ANOVA with a pretest, posttest, and waitlist design was used to compare the change in dependent variables in relation to the independent variable PREP. The test group compared to the control group showed moderate positive effect sizes for communication and conflict resolution skills. Regarding marital satisfaction and intimacy no statistically significant changes were noted. Intimacy, satisfaction, communication skills, and expectations were all positively correlated.

Developing social capital between Christians through covenant discipleship groups

Author
Richard E Englehardt
Abstract
This study explored the effect of building social capital between persons in Covenant Discipleship Groups on spiritual, personal, and interpersonal well being. A pretest and posttest assessed the level of well-being and the variety of active connections. The paired samples t-test lacked statistical significance. Ethnographic interviews assessed the change in personal connection and a reflection paper assessed a participant's motivation to extend this ministry. A sub-set Subjective Spiritual Well-Being Index assessing the perception of spirituality was statistically significant and suggested participants had change in the sense of connection between their lifestyle and chosen religion.

Measuring the effect of a visionary leadership course to help C & MA pastors communicate a clear and appropriate vision for their church board and congregations

Author
Dennis Episcopo
Abstract
Pastors were trained in the skills of developing and sharing a vision in conjunction with their church leadership. Their congregations were tested before and after to determine the level of impact the training and mentoring provided. The two 10-minute congregational surveys were conducted at Sunday morning worship services using the same pretest and posttest questions. The posttest following the pastors' implementation of their training and mentoring suggests a statistically significant improvement in clarity of vision, appropriateness of the vision, and the individual respondent's role in living out the vision.

Bowen's theory of self-differentiation as it affects pastoral leadership

Author
Erik F Ohman
Abstract
Self-differentiation is the ability to stand on one's own and against the crowd, if necessary. A well self-defined person has clear goals, boundaries, and values. Low levels of self-differentiation negatively impact pastors ability to deal with manipulation, the herd-mentality, and relational conflict. Before and after a twelve week training course pastors were tested using three categories of Human Synergistic's Life Styles Inventory. The scores of thirty-eight percent of the pastors indicated growth in all three areas: self-actualization, a lessened need for the approval of others, and a willingness to deal with conflict.

The effect of focused question training on Korean small group leaders

Author
Dongin Kim
Abstract
The goal was to determine the effect on small group leaders of a thirteen-week workshop that models and teaches coaching through listening and focused questions utilizing Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby as a framework for training. The project was to change participant's assumptions about questions, to help them realize the importance of questions, and to develop skills in using questions. The purpose was to discern any change in their thinking about questions and in their use of questions. A pretest and posttest design using a paired samples t-test showed a statistically significant change.

The effect of a training program in business as mission on marketplace leaders' missional involvement, holistic integration, and relational cultivtion

Author
John E Pletcher
Abstract
This project measured the effect of a training program on marketplace leaders' sense of missional involvement, holistic integration, and relational cultivation. The six-session program (including a twelve-chapter story, reflection questions, and group discussion) was based on biblical theology of mission and work as well as core concepts in the Business as Mission movement. Fifteen marketplace leaders participated in the three-month program. participants. Participants were pretested and posttested using both quantitative and qualitative measurements. The quantitative results demonstrated statistical significance, and the combined results indicated an increase in the participants' sense of missional involvement, holistic integration, and relational cultivation.

Using mentoring in premarital counseling for improved sexual satisfaction in marital relationships

Author
Stan J Craig
Abstract
Some couples struggle to achieve sexual satisfaction in their marriages due to negative messages from societal, religious, and familial sources having impacted them prior to their marriages. This research project used both quantitaive and qualitative methods to determine the effect of premarital counseling combined with a couple-to-couple mentoring emphasizing self-disclosure and communication. The participants were couples who were members of the Churches of Christ and who claimed they were virgins before their marriage date. The intent was for them to be able to move beyond past negative messages to achieve a higher level of sexual satisfaction.

Helping detention center inmates overcome barriers to change in the hope of reducing recidivism

Author
Douglas F Carr
Abstract
The thesis was that six-week long classes on change primarily based on the Transtheoretical Model using biblical examples and taught at the Laramie County Detention Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming would lower inmates' resistance to change. Research indicates this would reduce the likelihood of recifivism. The University of Rhode Island Change Assessment Scale was used to measure inmate attitudes toward change. The results indicated that inmates experienced attitude changes at the 90% confidence level, although caution is needed when considering the results given the small sample size.
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