Denver Seminary

Using cognitive dissonance to affect change in African American Christians' attitudes toward those with HIV/AIDS

Author
Robert Charles Smith
Abstract
Historically the African American (AA) Church has been the vehicle used by AA leaders to care for the spiritual, physical, and social needs of its people. However, in the case of those living with the HIV/AIDS virus, the AA church has failed to live up to its creed and conviction. A 12-week Bible study curriculum utilizing cognitive dissonance was implemented to determine its effect on AA Christians toward those living with HIV/AIDS. Quantitative and qualitative analysis indicated a positive change in participants' understanding and attitude suggesting greater openness to help those with HIV/AIDS.

The effect of a seminar on a biblical sex and sexuality among Christian adolescents

Author
Chian Hiu Chang
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis and project was to determine the effect of a biblical sexuality seminar with parent/adolescent interaction on Christian adolescents' desire to abstain from premarital sex. The difference between the pretest and posttest in the desire of the Christian adolescents to abstain from premarital sex was statistically significant. The findings suggest that teaching biblical sexuality with parent/adolsecent interaction can positively influence the premarital sex descision-making of adolescents.

Exploring the effects of a Bible-centered study on sexual intimacy to promote higher levels of marital satisfaction and sexual satisfaction in married couples

Author
James M Edwards
Abstract
The problem studies was the effect on married couples that an eight-week Bible-centered curriculum on sexual intimacy has on their levels of marital satisfaction and sexual intimacy. The thesis develops the biblical/theological basis for healthy sexuality with a theoretical basis. The research design covers a three month time period. Couples were tested before the course and then again after three month. While the population studied was small the data suggests that the couples experienced higher levels of sexual and marital satisfaction following the course.

The promotion of biblically based and culturally informed forgiveness among members of extended families in the church context in Indonesia

Author
Daniel Nugraha Tanusaputra
Abstract
In order to promote forgiveness among members of extended families in the church context of Indonesia, relevant biblical, theoretical, and cultural elements regarding forgiveness were analyzed and integrated into lessons for the promotion of forgiveness through a workshop format. It was hypothesized that the incorporation of biblical teaching and cultural aspects of forgiveness would provide a forgiveness paradigm that could increase the motivation to forgive among the target community. However, the increase of scores in the willingness to forgive after the workshop was not statistically significant. Implications for further research are discussed.

A study of the effect of preaching on the attitudes and beliefs of Christian adults

Author
Karl R Alsin
Abstract
This study measures the change in the attitudes and beliefs of adult members in a local church toward a biblical worldview following a twelve week preaching series on the topic of developing a biblical worldview. The preaching presented worldview issues raised by a postmodern perspective and provided insights based on a biblical and theological perspective that emphasized that there is absolute truth. Pre and post surveys indicated that there was a statistically significant movement in the attitudes and beliefs of adults toward a biblical worldview.

Does working at your marriage work? Exploring the effect of increased personal responsibility on marital satisfaction using a cognitive-behavioral intervention

Author
Brent A Van Elswyk
Abstract
It is commonly assumed that a satisfying marriage requires work and that each partner accepts the personal responsibility for that work. This study hypothesized that a biblically oriented marriage enrichment course concerning relationship self-regulation (RSR) would increase both personal responsibility for marriage and marital satisfaction in marriage and that RSR, as a measure of personal responsibility, would positively correlate with marital satisfaction (MS). Forty-three couples were assessed on their relationship self-regulation and marital satisfaction, pre and post course. Statistical analysis supported an increase in, and correlation between, RSR and MS, supporting a relationship between personal responsibility and marital satisfaction.

Exploring the effect of a ministry development program on pastoral staff's commitment to the development of men and women towards vocational pastoral ministry

Author
Craig E Sider
Abstract
This project measured the effect of a ministry development program on pastoral staff's commitment to the development of men and women towards vocational pastoral ministry. The eight-session program (including interview, group instruction, a six-part fable, individualized feedback, action-learning, and reflection) was based on Jesus' principles of leadership development as evidenced in his development of the twelve disciples. Sixteen pastoral staff participated in the four-month program and were pretested and posttested using both quantitative and qualitative measurements. The combined results of the mixed measurements demonstrated that all participants increased their commitment to time investment in developing people toward vocational pastoral ministry.

Self discovery in Christ

Author
Heran Yoo
Abstract
The self is an eternal reality created by God in his image and likeness. The self cries out to be recognized and esteemed but is vulnerable to culture and the environment. When identity-development is stifled it sometimes builds an external identity to live vicariously. This project taught the creation narrative to South Korean women to help them realize that their identity is "Beloved of God." They have immeasurable value in spite of their inherent sinful inclinations. The translated TSCS-2 pre and posttests were statistically significant, suggesting that their self-identities experienced some healing and revitalization.

The couple checkup: evaluating a new marital enrichment intervention

Author
William D Meier
Abstract
Does Couple Checkup, an on-line marriage enrichment program, incrase marital satisfaction, communication, and conflict resolution for married couples? A twelve-week study of 189 couples from Park Community Church in Chicago, Illinois, comparing three groups: a self-directed group, consisting of 63 couples who did Couple Checkup on their own; a discussion group, consisting of 63 couples who did Couple Checkup and discussed with a small group; and a control group that did not do Couple Checkup. Paired t-tests were performed, comparing pretest to posttest ratings on the ENRICH COUPLE scale. Both groups that did Couple Checkup showed statistically significant improvement on marriage satisfaction, communication, and conflict resolution, whereas the control group did not.

The effect of mentoring enrichment training on Leadership Development Program (LDP) students and their progress toward achievement of spiritual, physical, cognitive, socio-emotional, and servant leadership outcomes

Author
Jacob N Kitonsa
Abstract
This study was on the effect of mentor enrichment training on students in Compassion International's Leadership Development Program, and on their achievement of spiritual, physical, cognitive, socio-emotional and servant leadership outcomes. Quantitative and qualitative approaches were used including pre- and posttest surveys and focused group discussions. Statistically, findings from this study suggested a positive effect of mentoring enrichment training on all outcomes. Results of this project will be used to inform the review and redesigning of the Leadership Development Program mentoring strategy and training curriculum.
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