Nazarene Theological Seminary

Projecting worship vitality for the Christian year by focusing through the lens of Advent symbolism

Author
William Brooks Nelson
Abstract
Entering the contemporary debate of worship experience and practice, the author analyzes and evaluates the value of biblical symbols to the worship encounter. By engaging the challenging question, "What characteristic power is present in a symbol that captivates the mind of a believer and transforms the heart of a person who is ready to see and able to percieve?" the study calls for a return to the historical use of Christian symbolism in the nurturing of faith.

Critical issues of pastoral care to the terminally ill and their families

Author
Leon D Skinner
Abstract
This pastoral research project is written out of the concern for an often forgotten group of people in our church--those living with life-threatening illness and the ones who support them. The pastor has a wonderful opportunity to stand alongside of these durign a most difficult time in their lives. The project is presented in five sections including why this is a necessary ministry, a survey of the literature, interviews with persons who have cared for a terminally ill person, and recommendations as to further studies. The author also discovered that pastoral care provided a great benefit to the individuals during this time in their lives.

Foundations for small church Christian education: a Wesleyan catechetical course for lay education volunteers

Author
Fred L Wallis
Abstract
Fifteen years of pastoral ministry research revealed an alarmingly low level of parishioner biblical knowledge. Few possessed a basic understanding of theological issues distinctive to the Wesleyan tradition of the Church of the Nazarene. This project centered on determining a basic approach to establish a definitive Christian Education ministry in local churches with lay education volunteers. A catechism developed for Nashville Tennessee First Church of the Nazarene served as the primary teaching instrument. Lay educational leaders at the Church of the Nazarene in Sulphur Springs, Texas comprised the participants in the fourteen-week teaching series.

Exploring biblical foundations for holiness evangelism in the south area of the MAC region, Church of the Nazarene

Author
Gerard Bernard Slingerland
Abstract
Biblical foundations for holiness evangelism were reviewed and contextualized for utilization within the South Area of the Mexico and Central America Region (SAMACR) of the International Church of the Nazarene. Twenty-eight people were interviewed of surveyed from the MAC region (three laypeople, fifteen pastors, and ten professors). They answered eleven questions that dealt with components of holiness evangelism. Biblical foundations for holiness evangelism were explored with the eventual post-project goal of developing an appropriate curriculum design for holiness evangelism education for SAMACR.

The development of appropriate patterned practices of Christian corporate worship for missional purposes: an applied project of the Kansas City North Oak Church of the Nazarene

Author
Daniel J Steele
Abstract
The church of Jesus Christ, as a part of the rule of God, worships God and is sent by God to be part of his missionally focused action in the world. The Kansas City North Oak Church was in a stage of its life-cycle in which it needed to recover its missionaly focused purpose, with missional praxes. The purrpose of this project was to explore and test the proposition that Christian corporate worship patterns and practices will shape and support the core value that the church is "a Missional People" into the ecclesial practice of a missional church--a church for others. The research indicated that a missionally focused church demonstrates a consistency in: (1) A congregatinoal missional core value, (2) Missionally focused patterns and practices in corporate worship, and (3), Missionally focused ecclesial praxis. Without effecting style, there are many more possibilities and opportunities for missionally focused patterns and practices than even missionally focused churches are utilizing.

Pastoral ministry and congregational life in the Ozarks: strategies for ministry in a rural culture in transition

Author
Michael A Worrell
Abstract
This project addresses significant social and demographic changes occurring in the past 25-35 years that directly affect the shape of Christian ministry in the rural Ozark Mountains region. Based on demographic data, interviews with long-term residents, and responses to a survey of more than 900 area pastors, the project proposes six strategies for ministry: relocate congregations to regional centers; expand the geographic scope of ministries; target ministries to specific groups of migrants and to a culture that is increasingly urbanized; develop biblical models of community within local congregations; target needs of those affected by changing economic patterns; and target adolescent drug abuse and pregnancy with prevention, intervention, and discipleship programs.

An integration of transactional analysis with Wesleyan-Arminian theology: a counseling model

Author
Ivan E Lathrop
Abstract
This project proposes that pastors with a Wesleyan theological understanding can make use of transactional analysis in counseling. The principal positions of Wesleyan theology and transactional analysis are compatible, and the two disciplines coincide in their confidence in the original holiness or "OKness" of humankind. They share hope that restoration to that original state is possible.

An exploration of the relationship between homiletical form and theological content in holiness preaching

Author
Ronald R Austin
Abstract
The project contends that sermon form as well as sermon content communicates. Citing evidence which suggests there is significant confusion about the doctrine of holiness, the author explores the impact of the dominant use of an argument form to shape holiness sermons. Citing history, scripture and theology, the author proposes that greater use of narrative and image forms will strengthen holiness preaching, and better respect the dynamic theology of the Holiness movement. The project includes sample sermons and proposes a new homiletic model for a Wesleyan order of salvation.

Worship challenges in Canada

Author
Roland Feltmate
Abstract
The purpose of this dissertation/project was to develop and implement a philosophy of worship for the North Hill Church of the Nazarene (Calgary, Alberta). The specific objective was to develop and implement a philosophy that would function effectively among congregants who are predisposed to either a more traditional (in this case, Nazarene) worship style or a more contemporary worship style. The method of study was designed to follow several logical steps: reading and researching the available literature in the area of the subject; writing a foundational essay and preparing appropriate survey and evaluation instruments; teaching the essence of the essay to a core of the congregation; conducting the necessary administrative meetings in order to begin the actual implementation; beginning the implementation process by conducting a series of sample worship services; completing the implementation process by "doing" the theory over a longer (several months) period of time; and completing the surveys and evaluations and designing a handbook for worship leaders in order to guide on-going application and evaluation.
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