New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Equipping selected married couples of First Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia, with essential marriage communication skills

Author
Brooks Lindsey D.Min.
Abstract
God intended for the marriage relationship to be the foundation of the Christian home. A biblical love relationship between husband and wife should provide the clearest picture of communication. If the partners have established good communication with each other during their engagement and have discussed the type of roles each expects to play, then the adjustments should be easier and the partners should be able to be more patient and understanding with each other when mistakes are made. The purpose of this project is to equip selected married couples of First Baptist Church, Conyers, Georgia, with essential marriage communication skills. The project director will accomplish this by researching basic marriage communication skills, developing a workshop to equip the selected married couples, and equipping the selected couples with essential communication skills within the context of marriage.

Developing a support strategy for bivocational pastors affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board

Author
Michael Dale Lee D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a support strategy for bivocational pastors affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB). The project director based the process on Hugh Townsend’s Set the Journey: a Strategy Development Model for Associations. The director enlisted a team composed of Baptist leaders – Both bivocational and fully-funded – from across the state. The primary goals of the process were to: (1) create a “Bivocational Pastors Profile,” (2) determine “best practices” within other state Baptist Conventions, (3) develop a finalized strategy, and (4) present the strategy to appropriate leadership for both approval and affirmation in order to proceed with implementation, albeit outside the scope of the actual project. The project relied on survey data and a professional strengths inventory together with focus groups composed of pastors and spouses at six regional Dialogue Dinners. The team merged accumulated data along with practices of various state Baptist conventions in order to arrive at a proposed strategy addressing three primary needs: (1) developing relationships between bivocational pastors and Baptist entities, (2) strengthening ministry marriages and families, and (3) developing the spiritual discipline of prayer.

Developing a volunteer leadership training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist church, Ridgeland, Mississippi

Author
William Hawks D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a volunteer-leadership training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist church, Ridgeland, Mississippi. This purpose was achieved through a strategy planning model. The project director conducted the project while serving as Executive and Education Pastor of Highland Colony Baptist Church. The project was completed in four phases. The firsts two phases consisted of research on existing models of leadership training and the field of strategy planning respectively. The third phase of the project focused on the development of a volunteer-leader training strategy for Highland Colony Baptist Church. The development process utilized a select group of leaders from the church. The final phase of the project was the presentation of the volunteer-leader training strategy to Highland Colony Baptist Church for approval. The approval of the project by the church completed the scope of the project.

Equipping selected adults of Fellowship Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi, in the best practices for small-group multiplication

Author
Corey Fontan D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults of Fellowship Baptist Church, Meridian, Mississippi, in the best practices for small-group multiplication. In order to gain a better understanding of small-group ministry as a whole, the project director researched in the field of small-group ministry. The project director conducted interviews, along with extensive reading in the field, in order to develop a list of the best practices for small group multiplication. The project director also researched curriculum writing and worked with an expert in curriculum development for the purpose of developing a curriculum for use in training the best practices. He taught a selected group using the domains of learning: cognitive, psychomotor, and affective. The project enabled the selected group of adults to use effective the best practices in order to multiply small groups for ministry.

Equipping selected pastors of the North Florida Baptist Network, Lake City, Florida, with emotionally healthy spiritual competencies

Author
ZEB COOK D.Ed.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to equip selected pastors of the North Florida Baptist network, Lake City, Florida, with emotionally healthy spiritual competencies. The project director will complete the project by meeting three main goals: 1 to research the area of emotionally healthy spirituality to identify essential competencies; 2 to develop curriculum to equip selected pastors in essential competencies of emotionally healthy spirituality; and 3 to equip selected pastors in essential competencies of emotionally healthy spirituality. The project employed various evaluation methods and tools to measure goal achievement. These methods and tools included expert testing, pre-tests, post-tests, surveys, self-guided study, and expert evaluators.
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