New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Equipping selected members of First Baptist Church Thorp Spring, Granbury, Texas, with essential personal discipleship skills

Author
Melvin A McKinney
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of First Baptist Church Thorp Spring, Granbury, Texas, with essential personal discipleship skills. To accomplish this the project director first conducted research in the area of spiritual formation. From this research he identified six spiritual disciplines that he deemed essential to effective spiritual formation, namely Scripture intake, prayer, worship, confession, service, and witness. He then created a curriculum comprised of seven sessions, covering the concept of discipline and each of the six identified spiritual disciplines. He implemented the curriculum in six one-hour meetings of the course of six weeks. Those who participated in implementation engaged the curriculum five times during each week for periods of 20 to 30 minutes to design personalized strategies for engaging the disciplines.

Researching and profiling American single adults to create a ministry launch guide for American churches

Author
Paul W Dunn
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research and profile American single adults to create a ministry launch guide for American churches distributed by Table for One Ministries (www.tfministries.org). The project director aspired to engage local churches to reach and disciple single adults in a manner relevant to their ministry setting. As single adult ministries have waned, few models exist to reach the population in an adaptable way with local church environments, and this project addressed that need. The project director researched the state of single's ministry in the United States. In this research the project director conducted two major approaches to study. Fastest growing churches in America and a sample of Southern Baptist Churches were contacted for survey. From this research a ministry launch guide for churches was created for implementation to reach single adults in their local communities.

Equipping a selected group of leaders at Bush Memorial Baptist Church, Troy, AL, with personal prayer practices

Author
Kenneth D Norman
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip a selected group of leaders of Bush Memorial Baptist Church, Troy, Alabama with personal prayer practices. The project has three phases. The first phase is the research phase. During this phase the project director researches the areas of personal prayer practices. The research establishes a standard by which lesson plans are developed for training a selected group of leaders with personal prayer practices. The second phase of the project is the developmental stage. During this phase the project director develops a set of lesson plans for training the participants with personal prayer practices. The third phase of the project is implementation. During this phase the project director equips the participants in personal prayer practices.

Developing a strategy to assimilate guests and regular attendees into fully engaged members of Faith Bible Church, Covington, Louisiana

Author
Alfred N Young
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy to assimilate guests and regular attendees into fully engaged members of Faith Bible Church, Covington, Louisiana. The project director conducted an analysis of the congregation. He explored existing assimilation models in order to determine best pratices and led the vision implementation team of Faith Bible Church to develop a strategy in order to assimilate guests and regular attendees into fully engaged members.

Equipping Selected Adults of First City Church, Sevierville, Tennessee, with Team-Based Ministry Leadership Competencies New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Author
Robert Thomas Wright
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to equip selected adults of First City Church, Sevierville, Tennessee, with team-based ministry leadership competencies. The equipping model was an applicable model and met the needs addressed by the project. The project director researched the field of team-based ministry and developed competencies utilized in a curriculum, which was taught to the selected adults of First City Church, Sevierville, Tennessee. An annotated bibliography was developed based on the research from the field. A Faculty Mentor, Field Mentor, Field Expert, and Curriculum Expert were recruited to assist with the project. A variety of rubrics and pretest/posttest evaluators were utilized.

Equipping selected leaders of Crosshaven Baptist Church, Hanceville, Alabama, in Disciple-making leadership skills

Author
Jason T Murphree
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected leaders of Crosshaven Baptist Church, Hanceville, Alabama, in disciple-making leadership skills. The project director researched the field of disciple-making in order to determine effective disciple-making leadership skills. This research was used to develop a teaching curriculum. The curriculum was presented to selected leaders in a multi-session workshop format. Comprehension of the curriculum was measured by a pre-tested, post-test, role playing, case studies, and a commitment card. This project improved the project director's knowledge in the field of disciple-making skills and curriculum development and implementation. The project director received commitments from experts in the fields of disciple-making and curriculum to help in the development, evaluation, and implementation of the project.

Equipping selected Members of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Jasper, Alabama with Personal Prayer Competencies

Author
John Philip Gates
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Jasper, Alabama, with personal prayer competencies. The project director utilized information from research to design an equipping workshop for the selected group of individuals. The selected group received biblical instruction, learned and practiced personal prayer disciplines, and engaged in prayer experiences with the small group. The workshop occurred over a weekend. The project director increased his knowledge on the subject prayer by exploring the literature in the field of prayer and in determining essential prayer competencies. The project director also developed his skill in developing lessons plans and teaching a prayer workshop.

Developing an Adult discipleship strategy for Salem Baptist church, Lexington, Georgia

Author
Brett D Mask
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an adult discipleship strategy for Salem Baptist Church, Lexington, Georgia. The project director evaluated the current state of discipleship using external and internal demographics. The project director explored literature in the field of adult discipleship strategy and formulated a list of best practices. The project director explores strategic-planning models and determined the best strategic-planning process. The project director led a selected group in strategic-planning process in order to develop an adult discipleship strategy. The project director presented the strategy to the congregation of Salem Baptist Church, Lexington, Georgia for adoption.

Developing a Strategy to Provide Theological Education to New Pastors in Karnataka, India

Author
Ernest L DeSoto
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy to provide theological education to equip new pastors in Karnataka, India. The project director researched the demographics of village pastors and created a profile describing the theological needs of Indian village pastors. The project director researched existing paradigms of theological education being utilized and determined best practices. The project director presented this research to a selected strategy planning team from members of his church, and led the team to develop a strategy for providing theological education to pastors serving in remote Indian villages. the strategy report was presented to the leadership board of an indigenous ministry based in Kolar, India.

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Ministry Volunteers of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Author
Justin Carles Arbuckle
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the ministry volunteers at Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas. The project director identified key components of spiritual development in regard to ministry leaders and volunteers. This project examined academic standards of spiritual formation. The project director selected a strategy team that assisted in the development of the plan for Central Baptist Church. The strategy accomplished four primary goals. The project director inspected the current state of spiritual formation as well as academic standards in the area of spiritual formation. The research, as well as interviews with the principal ministry leaders, aided in the development of a spiritual formation strategy that the team developed and presented to the staff of Central Baptist Church for approval and/or endorsement, The project director engaged multiple methods of evaluation including expert evaluation, research, and surveys. The completed project gave Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, AR, and their ministries a plan focusing on the immediate action steps as well as developing a long-range vision for incorporating spiritual formation principles in every ministry.
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