New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Equipping Selected Leaders from Nepal in Essential Leadership Competencies

Author
Richard M Fraley
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop essential leadership competencies in cross-cultural context for selected leaders from Nepal. By equipping Nepalese in essential leadership competencies, the project director seeks to align the leaders to a vision taken from Revelation 7:9. The project director will synthesize his research in developing a list of essential competencies and then create curriculum that will be reproducing across house church networks. This will help leaders develop this vision of all peoples knowing and worshipping Jesus Christ. The msision will be impossible without well-trained and character-filled leadership reproducing across Nepal.

Developing a Health Strategy for SURV Church, Winter Haven, Florida

Author
James Smith
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a health strategy for SURV Church Winter Haven, Florida. The project director utilized the Transformational Church Assessment Tool and the Prompempo International Church Missions Profile to assess the current health of SURV Church. A demographic study and interview with a Missions organization helped determine a wellness baseline. The director studied the Bible, theological resources, and other healthy church practices to determine healthy indicators and best practices. The project director developed a health strategy with the support of church members input. The proejct director presented the health strategy to SURV Church for approval.

Equipping Selected Families of the Valley Creek Baptist Church, Hueytown, Alabama, in Faith Transmission Skills

Author
Reggie R Ogea
Abstract
The purpose of this project in ministry is to equip selected families of the Valley Creek Baptist Church in faith transmission skills. By equipping parents in personal spiritula formation skills, contextualized in cultural realities and development stages of children, the project director enables primary spiritula influencers to effectively transmit Christian faith to present and emerging generations. In this project in ministry, the project director researched fields of spiritual formation and family ministry, synthesizing his research into a listing of five personal and faith building essential skills, and created an experiential curriculum. The project director equipped parents and spiritual influencers using the research and development curriculum in faith transmission skills during six weekly sessions, each followed by five days of targeted personal and family faith transmission practices.

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Summer Staff at Cross Timbers Mission Adventure Camp in Davis, Oklahoma

Author
Jason E Langley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the summer staff of CrossTimbers MIssion Adventure Camp in Davis, Oklahoma. In the first phase, the project director administrated a survey to former summer staff and incoming staff. From the gathered data, he developed a spiritual formation profile. IN phase two, the project director researched the area of spiritual formation to discover core practices. He then compiled a report of best practices for spiriutal formation. The project director began phase three by constructing a strategy deelopment plan. Then he assembled a strategy team. Utilizing the profile data and best practice report, the strategy team developed a spiritula formation strategy for summer staff. In the final phase, the project director presented the strategy to the leadership of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for approval.

Developing a Divorce Recovery Curriculum for Incarcerated Men

Author
Thomas C Douglas
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to research divorce recovery for incarcerated men at the Federal Prison Camp, Montgomery, Alabama. Statistics tell us that the vast majority of incarcerated men will be divorced either while they are in prison, or within the first year after their release. The marital issues inmates face often are the same mindset that led to theri criminal thinking and ultimate incarceration. Thus, if the project director can assist the men in divorce recovery, he can also assist them in becoming productive members of society who are equipped to live healthy lives. The project director's ultimate goal is to produce a curriculum to lead incarcerated men to divorce recovery.

Equipping Selected Members of Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Avon Park, Florida, with Essential Assimilation Skills

Author
John D Girdley
Abstract
The purpose of this projecct is to equip seleccted members of Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Avon Park, Florida, wiht essential assimiliation skills. The project director will research assimilation to identity the skills needed to integrate people into the church. Next, he will create a curriculum to teach these critical skills to selected members. Finally, the project director will teach this curriculum to equip selected members with the skills necessary to incorporate guests and members into Florida Avenue Baptist Church.

Developing a ministry evangelism strategy for Ridglea Heights Baptist Church, Escatawpa, Mississippi

Author
Dustin H Stewart
Abstract
Ministry evangelism occurs when the needs of the community are met with the love of God's people and the truth of the Gospel. The purpose of this project was to develop a ministry evangelism strategy for Ridglea Heights Baptist Church, Escatawpa, Mississippi. The project was focused upon four main phases. First, the project director researched contemporary practices of evangelism ministry to determine what practices may be effective in the local community. Second, using demographic data and a local community needs survey, the project director and team analyzed the needs and lifestyles of the community in Escatawpa, Mississippi. Third, using a strategy team consisting of active church members, the project director developed a ministry evangelism strategy for Ridglea Heights Baptist Church in an effort to reach those in the local community who are not connected to another local church body. Fourth, the project director and team presented the ministry evangelism strategy to the deacons and staff of Ridglea Heights Baptist Church for approval.

Researching racial reconciliation in the Southern Baptist Convention

Author
Mark Louis Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to research racial reconciliation in the Southern Baptist Convention and develop a workshop for the parishioners of the Liberty Hill Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2011, Liberty Hill Baptist Church took a step toward racial reconciliation by joining the Southern Baptist Convention. Parishioners, some of whom migrated from the South, expressed concerns about joining "that racist organization." However, despite their concerns, Liberty Hill voted overwhelmingly to join the SBC. Buried in the pile of 1,145 resolutions from 1845 to 2017 are resolutions specifically impacting African Americans. These resolutions expand the narrative of Southern Baptist Convention life, culture, and faith and reveal God's redemptive power that has allowed the Southern Baptist Convention to evolve from an organization with a connection to slavery to one of the most diverse conventions in the United States.

A Revitalization Strategy for FirstNSB A Family Church

Author
Brandon Luke McKinney
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a revitalization strategy for First Baptist Church of New Smyrna Beach, Florida (FirstNSB). The project director obtained demographic data for a specific study area surrounding the church as well as a twenty-year profile for the church. Additionally, the project director surveyed selected leaders in the church. The community and church data helped the project director to determine trends in the community and the church. The project director also researched church revitalization resources in order to discover best practices for revitalization. A multigenerational team of twelve persons was selected from the church membership and the project director led this team through a process to develop a revitalization strategy. The revitalization strategy developed by the team was presented to the church leadership for approval. The strategy was approved unanimously by the church leadership.

Developing a Family Outreach Strategy for First Baptist Church of Verdigris, Verdigris, Oklahoma

Author
Mark A Boyd
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an outreach strategy for First Baptist Church of Verdigris, Oklahoma (FBCV), in order to reach families with school age children. The project director led selected members of FBCV to develop a multifaceted family outreach strategy to reach families with school age children in the surrounding community. The project director explored different family models of ministry for evangelistic church growth and revitalization. Next, the project director collected and evaluated the demographic data in a one, three and five-mile radius along with the internal annual church profile date of FBCV. Then the project director interviewed pastors of growing churches that were similar in culture and size to FBCV prior to their breakout in reaching families with children. Finally, utilizing the resources gathered, the project director and the outreach strategy team met for six sessions and developed a multi-faceted family outreach strategy designed to reach families with school age children for FBCV. The project director presented the strategy to the church members of FBCV for acceptance who formally accepted the strategy in a special called business meeting on November 05, 2017.
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