New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Equipping Selected Team Leaders of North Oxford Baptist Church, Oxford, Mississippi, in Guest Care Ministry Skills

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected team leaders of North Oxford Baptist Church, Oxford, Mississippi, in guest care ministry skills. North Oxford Baptist Church employed only a modest approach to guest impressions, intentional guest hospitality, and guest follow-up prior to the project. As such, a more robust guest care ministry that both enhanced the hospitality environment and encouraged guests to take next assimilation steps toward becoming contributing members of the church was necessary. The project director accomplished three primary goals. The first goal was to research the fields of assimilation and hospitality to identify best practices and essential competencies of guest care ministries. Among these researching findings, the project highlighted skills in the areas of parking lot impressions, welcome center and worship center practices, and follow up strategies. The second goal was to design a curriculum that equipped selected team leaders in these identified best practices and essential competencies of guest care ministry. The final goal was to then equip those selected team leaders with the best practices and essential competencies of guest care ministry. The quipping curriculum was delivered in a workshop setting over the course of three sessions.

Developing a Lay-leader Coaching Strategy for the First Baptist Church of Friendswood, Friendswood, Texas

Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a lay leader coaching strategy for the First Baptist Church of Friendswood, Texas. The project director researched the fields of ministry coaching and, along with the assistance of a Coaching Strategy Team, created a lay leader to lay leader coaching strategy. The project director implemented four elements in the development of the strategy: (1) investigated leadership development among the laity of the First Baptist Church of Friendswood to create a leadership development profile; (2) examined leadership development coaching models to determine best practices; (3) developed a lay-leader coaching strategy for the First Baptist Church of Friendswood, Texas; (4) presented the strategy to the leaders of First Baptist Church of Friendswood, Texas, for adoption. The actual implementation of the strategy is outside the scope of this project.

Designing a Discipleship Strategy for Flatonia Baptist Church, Flatonia, Texas

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to design a discipleship strategy for Flatonia Baptist Church (FBC), Flatonia, Texas. The project director performed an assessment of the current demographics and spiritual maturity level of discipleship participants in his local church, researched the field of discipleship, and interviewed church leaders to determine best practices in churches regarding discipleship strategies. This information was presented to the strategic Leadership Team (SLT) in order to aid in the development and design of a discipleship strategy for the church. The strategy that was developed by the SLT was presented to the deacon body of the church for adoption.

Equipping Selected Members of Green River Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Tennessee, with Essential Mentoring Competencies

Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip the selected members of Green River Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Tennessee, with essential mentoring competencies. The first goal of this project is to research the field of mentoring to identify essential mentoring competencies. The second goal of this project is to develop a curriculum to equip the selected members of Green River Baptist with essential mentoring competencies. The third goal of this project is to equip selected members of Green River Baptist with essential mentoring competencies. To asses these goals the project director will utilize comparative charts, observe workshop participation, and recommendations by expert evaluation.

Equipping Fellowship of Christian Athletes Faculty Advisors and Volunteers in Wayne County, Tennessee, with Leadership Competencies

Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip Fellowship of Christian Athletes faculty advisors and volunteers in Wayne County, Tennessee, with leadership competencies. The project director will research the field of leadership in order to identify key concerns for leadership competency. She will then develop curriculum to lead a multi-session workshop for the participants. The project director will enlist for this workshop those who currently serve or are anticipated to serve as faculty advisors or adult volunteers in leadership positions. Participants will learn the theological basis for serving in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministry with young people and develop skills to provide competent leadership. The project director will evaluate attainment of project and professional goals through expert evaluator feedback, participant discussion, comparative chart of pre- and post-tests and participant evaluations.

Developing an Instructional Manual for Integrating Apologetics with Bible-Based Curriculum for Lakeview Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida

Abstract
Using the Ministry Research Model, this project will research curricula in apologetics and best teaching practices in order to develop an instructional manual for integrating apologetics with Bible-based curriculum for Lakeview Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida. The project will begin with research in the field of apologetics in order to identify pressing apologetic issues in the book of James. The completion of the research will result in a report identifying the issues. The second phase of research will look to the field of teaching methodology in order to identify best practices. This phase will also result in a report identifying the best practices. Finally, the two reports will be used to produce a unique instructional manual integrating the foundational doctrines of apologetics with selected Bible-based curriculum.

Fail Proof: Equipping the Strategic Leadership Team of Eastwood Baptist Church of Bay Minette, Alabama, for Church Health and Revitalization

Abstract
The primary goal of this project in ministry was to develop a curriculum to equip members of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) of Eastwood Baptist Church of Bay Minette, Alabama, with congregational health competencies. The team discovered a biblical paradigm consisting of vital principles for church health and revitalization. Based on that paradigm, the team compared and contrasted these biblical principles with the current state of church health for Eastwood Baptist Church. The teaching of this curriculum guided participants toward identifying potential spiritual deficiencies that undermine church health and church growth.

Equipping Selected Ministry Leaders of Lakeside Baptist Church, Granbury, Texas, with Vision-Based Strategy Development Skills

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected ministry leaders of Lakeside Baptist Church, Granbury, Texas, in vision-based strategy development skills. The project director researched the fields of visioning and strategy development to develop a workshop curriculum used to equip staff and lay leaders. Throughout four workshop settings, the director sought to instill a culture of strategic planning in the selected leaders as they plan and program the various ministries of the church. One primary objective behind the project was to equip ministry leaders with essential skills to develop specific visions and strategies for their ministries that would complement and accomplish the overall vision of the church. By employing and equipping model, the project equipped learners with new tools, experiences, and motivation to integrate strategic planning into their respective ministry areas.

Equipping Selected Convocational Pastors in Northeast Alabama with Essential Text-Driven Preaching Skills

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected convocational pastors in Northeast Alabama with essential text-driven preaching skills. In the first stage of the project the project director researched material related to the field of text-driven preaching to determine the essential skills of text-driven preaching. In the second stage, he used this research to develop a curriculum for equipping selected convocational pastors (i.e. those pastors who derive their primary income from secular employment) with essential text-driven preaching skills. In the final stage of the project, the project director. presented the developed curriculum to the selected pastor through a seminar consisting of six sessions in order to equip them with essential skills necessary to develop and deliver text-driven sermons.

Developing an Assimilation Strategy for First Baptist Church of Atmore, Alabama

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an assimilation strategy for First Baptist Church of Atmore, Alabama. The internal demographics of newcomers, attenders, and new members were explored in order to identify common characteristics. It investigated best practices in assimilation and developed an assimilation strategy which was approved by the deacons of the church.

There had been no strategy in place at First Baptist Church, therefore, the church had no current expectation of assimilation. After years of decline and a recent period of initial revitalization, an assimilation strategy was needed to provide a clear pathway for newcomers, attenders, and new members of the church. The assimilation strategy was designed to lead these groups of people into becoming fully engaged members of the church.
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