New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

DEVELOPING AN EDUCATOR EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, SUWANEE, GEORGIA, FOR KOREAN DIASPORA CHURCHES

Author
Abraham SeongHee Han
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to research the Korean diaspora, the Korean diaspora churches, their church education and leadership system, and the curriculum in order to develop a curriculum for the re-education of church education leaders in the New Life Baptist Church in Suwanee, Georgia, USA. To achieve this goal, the project director worked in the following way. First, the meaning and contents of diaspora, church, and leadership were explored based on the Bible. Second, the selected literature on American community, Korean diaspora community, Korean diaspora church, church leadership, and curriculum were carefully studied. Third, the project director did unintentional participant observation and (unintentionally and intentionally) interviewed the New Life Baptist Church and its community. Fourth, he listened to the faculty and field mentors, church education specialists and the persons concerned, and curriculum specialists and lifelong education experts. Fifth, a list of annotated bibliographies was created, and a five-session curriculum was developed. Sixth, the project director reflected on the promotion of his own knowledge and curriculum development skills on the subject of the project. Seventh, the project director revised some of the annotated bibliographies generated by himself based on the quantitative and qualitative evaluation opinions of the church education experts on the curriculum. As a result of this project research, a single, annotated bibliography was created and a curriculum was developed for the re-education of church education leaders in the New Life Baptist Church in Suwanee, Georgia. The result of this project, including the findings of this project, will contribute to the transformation of the Korean Diaspora Church into a church that is not generationally separate, but worshipping God, serving the communities and the nations, and teaching and learning together with all the generations.

Enhancing Apologetic Preaching Skills To Increase Congregational Understanding of Evil and Suffering At Eastwood Baptist Church, Haughton, Louisiana

Author
Russell E Shuler
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to enhance the project director's apologetic preaching skills at Eastwood Baptist Church, Haughton, Louisiana, in order to increase congregational understanding of evil and suffering. This project will be based on the ministry skill enhancement model. The project director will begin by researching the field of apologetics and create an annotated bibliography from resources researched to aid in the design and delivery of apologetic sermons. He also will create a report identifying theological doctrines related to evil and suffering that will serve as essential components necessary to increase understanding of evil and suffering. The project director then will develop a series of apologetic sermons incorporating the essential components identified. He will base each sermon on apologetic principles and will incorporate a specific component deemed necessary for the increasing of congregational understanding of evil and suffering. The project director will preach the series of apologetic sermons at Eastwood Baptist Church. Expert evaluators from the fields of apologetics, theology, and preaching, will assess the bibliography, report, sermons, and actual preaching of the series to ensure the project director fulfills the goals of the project.

Equipping Selected Men of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, South Carolina, with Biblical Mentoring Skills

Author
Eric s Kuykendall
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip the selected men of First Baptist Spartanburg with biblical mentoring skills. The project accomplished its purpose when the selected men completed the training and began mentoring other men using their newly acquired mentoring skills. This Doctor of Ministiy project contained three primary components. The first component involved researching various resources in the field of biblical mentoring in order to identify essential skills. The second component of the project involved the development of curriculum. The third component of the project was the equipping phase, in which the director equipped the selected men with biblical mentoring skills. Evaluation from experts and standards in the relevant fields accompanied these components.

EQUIPPING THE LEADERSHIP OF HEMPSTEAD BIBLE FELLOWSHIP, HEMPSTEAD, TEXAS, IN HERMENEUTIC METHODOLOGY

Author
Garrett C Starr
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip the leadership of Hempstead Bible Fellowship, Hempstead, Texas, in hermeneutic methodology. The project director enlisted the participation of twenty two adults from the congregation. The participants were then taught using a curriculum on henneneutic methodology written by the project director. The equipping class consisted of eight sessions taught on consecutive Monday evenings and focused on the essential methods of the observation, interpretation and application of Scripture. Participants were equipped in these aforementioned areas as well as understanding the importance of biblical genres, barriers to correct interpretation, interpreting figurative passages, recognizing the difference between transcultural and culturally-conditioned statements, and how to avoid interpretation mistakes.

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Author
David H Janaro
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of Fairfax First Baptist Church, Fairfax,rSouth Carolina, with essential Christian apologetic skills to engage Jehovah's Witnesses. Many members of the church reported that Jehovah's Witnesses came to their homes to distribute literature or promote their organization. The church members also acknowledged that they lacked the skills necessary to engage Jehovah's Witnesses. The project director researched and apologetic methods. He used the research to design six training sessions to develop skills and change attitudes about ministering to Jehovah's Witnesses.

Developing a Disciple-Making Strategy for Hope chapel, Jonesboro, Louisiana

Author
Marlon W Black
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a disciple-making strategy for Hope Chapel in Jonesboro, Louisiana. The project director will gather information from a demographic study of the towns of Jonesboro-Hodge. Interviews with local officials will also be conducted in defining the ministry context of Hope Chapel. The director will interview leaders from several churches comparable to Hope Chapel to identify effective disciple-making practices. The project director will work with a project team of six individuals from Hope Chapel to develop a disciple-making strategy. The project team will assist the project director in exploring the demographics and data in and around Jonesboro-Hodge, in identifying disciple-making models of churches with similar characteristics as Hope Chapel, and developing a disciple-making strategy for Hope Chapel. The strategy will be presented to the Board of Directors of Hope Chapel, along with a selected group of church members for approval.

Developing a New Member Assimilation Strategy for First Baptist Church Colbert Heights, Tuscumbia, Alabama

Author
Seth Hood
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a new member assimilation strategy for First Baptist Chruch Colbert Heights, Tuscumbia, Alabama. The project director formed a strategy planning team made up of church staff and other key leaders and lay people from the church body. He conducted an analysis of ten years of membership data to determine trends in growth and retention, followed by research of existing new member assimilation strategies. Using this information, the project director, with input from the strategy planning team, developed a new member assimilation strategy for First Baptist Church Colbert Heights. The porject director then presente the strategy to the deacon body for affirmation and implementation.

Equipping selected leaders of Lakeview Baptist Church, Oxford, Alabama, with strategic planning competencies

Author
Darrell W Paulk
Abstract
Christians and churches participate in life-long journeys of faith. However, few participate in a spiritual strategic journey that enables them to better pursue God's calling. The thesis of this project is that strategic planning competencies enable leaders to help churches become the missional agencies God desires. Identifying church core values, mission, and vision are the first steps of strategic planning and are necessary to pursue God's preferred future. The project director conducted extensive research through lending libraries and online. Research resulted in a curriculum used to equip selected church leaders. Project results indicated cognitive and affective gains among participants.

Developing a strategy for the Pulaski Baptist Association in Arkansas to plant new churches among the Haitian population of San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Author
Danny L Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy for the Pulaski Baptist Association in Arkansas to plant new churches among the Haitian population of San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic. The project director increased his knowledge of strategy-planning and strategies for planting new churches. He selected and trained a strategy development team to aid in the process of developing a strategy. The project director then presented the strategy to the Ministry Planning Team of the Pulaski Baptist Association for approval.

Equipping selected members of First Baptist Church of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, with assimilation skills for a multicultural context

Author
Matthew R Curry
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of First Baptist Church of Central Florida, Orlando, Flordia, with assimilation skills for a multicultural context. The project director completed the project by meeting three main goals: (1) reserached the fields of member assimilation and multicultural ministry in order to determine skills for a multicultural context; (2) developed a training curriculum in order to equip selected members of First Baptist Church of Central Florida with assimilation skills for a multicultural context; and (3) equipped selected mmebers of First Baptist Church of Central Florida with assimilation skills for a multicultural context. Mutiple evaluation methods and tools including observation instruments, surveys, literary reserach, expert evaluators, and ministerial reflection were used to measure the achievements of the goals. The evaluation methods and tools proved the goals and pupose of the project to be achieved.
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