New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Equipping young adult members at Ranch Acres Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, to use principles of fellowship as a strategy for evangelistic church growth

Author
Donnie Paul Brady
Abstract
The purpose of the ministry project was to equip adult Sunday School class members ages twenty-nine through thirty-nine of Ranch Acres Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, to practice selected New Testament principles of fellowship in order to contribute to evangelistic church growth. This was accomplished by the means of a ten-week training program designed to implement the practice of the principles of fellowhsip by the students. The students designed a class ministry event to use the skills they learned with the unchurched prospects for their class.

Equipping a representative group of leaders to develop and initiate a functional strategy implementing selected principles of natural church development

Author
Terry W Booth
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip a respresentative group of leaders of Amite Baptist Church of Denham Springs, Louisiana, to develop and initiate a functional strategy for applying principles of natural church development to enhance church growth. Terry W. Booth led the project. The project evaluated the comparative strength of eight characteristices of natural church development as defined by Christian A. Scwarz and as manifested in Amite Baptist Church. A strategy was developed in cooperation with the leadership team that addressed two of the weaker characteristics. The strategy was initiated at the conclusion of the project.

Developing a marketing plan for Oakland Baptist Church of McDonough, Georgia

Author
Jimmy D Baughcum
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to guide select members of Oakland Baptist Church of McDonough, Georgia, to develop a marketing plan to be utilized in creating a postive awareness of Oakland Baptist Church in Henry County, Georgia. Five church members were chosen to engage in ten sessions about church marketing which would include the development of a marketing plan for Oakland Baptist Church. This marketing plan was designed to create a postive awareness of Oakland Baptist Church among the unchurched of Henry County, Georgia. Evaluation of the project confirmed that the selected leaders were able to apply principles of marketing to a church.

Evaluating strategies for enabling extension center students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to meet the curriculum requirements in the spiritual and character formation competency

Author
Robert B Hall
Abstract
In this project the author explored some ways of teaching the class DISC5370 Discipleship: Personal Growth at the extension centers and examined some other existing approaches for teaching spiritual formation. After appraising these approaches, this student recommended strategies for teaching spiritual formation and teaching students to be effective mentors.

Developing a mentor-discipleship strategy as a foundation of Christian education at First Baptist Church of Youngsville, Louisiana

Author
T Glenn Young
Abstract
The thesis of this project was that spiritual development more readily occurs within the context of purposeful personal relationships rather than more traditional educational settings. Many current discipleship methods produce powerless Christians giving cognitive assent to biblical principles while living in discord with their stated beliefs. The author attempted to establish personal relationships as the primary method of assimilating and discipling new converts at First Baptist Church. Selected church members were trained in various mentoring methods and then were assigned a new Christian as their spiritual apprentice to be disciple.

"Prayer and fasting": developing a strategy to equip Christians in Thailand to access the power of prayer and fasting

Author
Winit Wongsonsern
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy whereby Christians would access the power of prayer and fasting. From the time the first Christian church was established in Thailand to the present day, there has been little growth. Most churches in Thailand remain weak and ineffective. Some North American churches and the South Korean churches of the second half of the twentieth century have both prayed and fasted for their countries as a regular practice, resulting in an increased number of believers. The project manager felt an urgency to train the churches in Thailand to use the power available by focusing prayer through fasting.

Equipping the church council to develop and initiate a strategy of leadership reproduction

Author
John C Thweatt
Abstract
The purpose of the project is to create new leadership by training the Church Council of Highlands Baptist Church to identify and enlist potential leaders within their respective ministries and to develop a strategy of equipping them for future leadership postitions. The components of the program include: training in basic leadership principles, the identification and selection of biblical leaders, delegation of responsibilities, and the setting of goals and objecties, developing and initiating a strategy of leadership reproduction, and equipping and mentoring potential leaders to carry out the strategy. The project leader will utlize the equipping model.

A mentoring program in marriage enrichment for selected couples at the First Baptist Church, Petal Mississippi

Author
Lawrence P Strahan
Abstract
This mentoring program consisted of eight sessions. The overall goal was to strengthen marriages through marriage enrichment and to assist younger couples in strengthening their marriage through a mentoring process. The teaching methods used during the sessions were lecture, group discussions, questionnaires, participant interaction, and take-home assignments. Initially five couples attended the first session and four other couples joined the group beginning in session two. A study of the written evaluations reveals that the goals were reached. A majority of the couples have indicated a desire to continue the project by becoming mentors to other couples.

A program to train selected church members of Faith Promise Church, Oak Ridge, Tennessee in a visitor retention ministry

Author
Robert C Stephens
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop a training module for equipping a selected group of leaders for retaining the visitors of the Sunday morning services of Faith Promise Church. The project included selecting and enlisting forty-five facilitators for the visitor retention program. The training lasted six weeks and the project was the evaluated. The training module and the facilitators' growth through the training sessions were all evaluated. Several avenues of evaluation were used including: expert evaluation, pretest/posttest, surveys, and pastoral reflection. The project was determined to be a success and has already proven helpful in the growth of Faith Promise Church.

Total quality ministry: a new philosophy of ministry at New Zion Baptist Church, Oak Grove, Indiana

Author
Mark D Stagg
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to lead the church council of New Zion Baptist Church to develop a new philosophy of ministry based on the principles of Total Quality Management. In this project the participants identified a population segment whom they sought to reach through high quality ministries. They examined the mission of the church and organized its ministries around its purposes. They identified their own spiritual gifts and discovered ways for using gifts to facilitate quality in ministry. The participants surveyed the ministries, and facilities of their church for areas in need of quality improvements, and developed a plan for making necessary upgrades. Finally, they examined methods for making plans based upon statistical data rather than church tradition.
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