Ashland Theological Seminary

Discovering an Evangelical Theology of Chaplancy

Author
Michael William Elmore
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover an evangelical theology of chaplaincy that will guide chaplains in their practice of ministry in a pluralistic religious environment while maintaining integrity with their evangelical faith. A total of 180 surveys were completed by evangelical chaplains (working chaplains, professors, CPE supervisors, and denominational directors). Out of 180 participants, 136 completed all aspects of the survey. The survey focused on practical theology or what chaplains believe and do. Therefore, the results accurately portray the practice of evangelical chaplains working in the field of chaplaincy. Chaplains acknolwedgeded their frustrations and celebrated their joys.

Impact study equipping congregational leadership with skills to preempt explosive conflict

Author
Sue Marie Baskette
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact congregational leadership in a group from southeast Pennsylvania through participation in a six-week small group experience to equip them with skills to preempt explosive conflict. The assessment of the project included the administration of both a pre-test and a post-test questionnaire. The goal with the highest results revealed an increased awareness of listening as an active form of communication. Increased awareness as to the role active listening plays in achieving successful outcomes was also noted. Additionally, the interconnectivity of successful listening with a moderate level of self-awareness was realized.

Impact Study Equipping Congregational Leadership with Skills to Preempt Explosive Conflict

Author
Sue Marie Baskette
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact congregational leadership in a group from southeast Pennsylvania through participation in a six-week small group experience to equip them with skills to preempt explosive conflict. The assessment of the project included the administration of both a pre-test and a post-test questionnaire. The goal with the highest results revealed an increased awareness of listening as an active form of communication. Increased awareness as to the role active listening plays in achieving successful outcomes was also noted. Additionally, the interconnectivity of successful listening with a moderate level of self-awareness was realized.

A Discovery Project on Forgivenesss and Reconciliation of Broken Relationships

Author
LaVanda C Fondren-Copeland
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover how the process of forgiveness influences reconciling broken relationships for the participants of the young adult ministry at Mega Church in Cleveland, Ohio. The research question was: How did the process of forgiveness influence reconciling broken relationships for the participants of the yong adult ministry at Mega Church in Cleveland, Ohipo? The project goals were evaluated on a likert scale with quantitative and qualitative measurements. The most prominent goal revealed the yound adults need for instruction on forgiveness, how to forgive, and how it relates to reconciling broken relationships.

An Impact Study of a Ministry of Full Reconciliation Between the Sacred and Secular

Author
Steven M Hall
Abstract
This project's purpose was to impact the spiritual formation of participants from Heritage Community Church in Severn, Maryland by increasing their awareness of the essential need to reconcile the physical witht he spiritual through an eight-week course. The design of the project included the administration of Pre- and Post-test assessments. The results of the course revealed that the participants had little understanding of the physical and spiritual divide. Upon increasign this awareness and offering interventions to better reconcile the physical and spiritual through the course, participants reported the impact being a more sensible, satisfying and holistic experience of spiritual formation.

The discovery of journeying with others in pastoral care after formational prayer training

Author
Alesia M Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what extent formational prayer training was being integrated into the pastoral care skills of a select group of ministry leaders. The design of the project included a quantitative and qualitative survey that assessed the level to which integration was executed. Upon completion of analyzing the data, success with integration of the protocols was revealed, with goal six being most prominent -- the participants understanding the purpose of training in formational prayer. The participants shared their level of positive impact as well as some of the challenges with the model of care.

The discovery of journeying with others in pastoral care after formational prayer training

Author
Alesia M Johnson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover to what extent formational prayer training was being integrated into the pastoral care skills of a select group of ministry leaders. The design of the project included a quantitative and qualitative survey that assessed the level to which integration was executed. Upon completion of analyzing the data, success with integration of the protocols was revealed, with goal six being most prominent--the participants understanding the purpose of training in formational prayer. The participants shared their level of positive impact as well as some of the challenges with the model of care.

Staying at home a small group spiritual formation project

Author
Stephen M Christner
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to impact the spiritual formation of small group participants through the reflection upon Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son. Project participants met for four two-hour sessions to discuss the weekly reading and their responses to the process questions. Participants were given a pre-test and post-test questionnaire to measure the impact of the reading upon their spiritual growth. The data indicates the project impacted the spiritual formation of small group participants in the areas of: prayer, contemplatin on the characters in story, identity as the Beloved of God, and celebration of God's blessings.

Impacting the understanding of core longing deficits of a select group of African American women of Richmon, Virginia who suffered a significant loss

Author
Lois B Paige
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the core longings among a select group of African-American women from Richmond, Virginia who had suffered a significant loss through participating in an eight-week small group curriculum on formatinal healing. The project design included the administration of pre-test and post-test questionnaires and the completion of weekly spiritual assignments. The results using the formational curriculum revealed that the participants were able to identify the presence of grief and process through their emotions and loss. Participants improved as they learned new disciplines to aid in deeper spiritual encounters with God.

Called to duty shaping the call to ministry at the Word Church in Cleveland, Ohio

Author
Willie R Patton
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the knowledge, attitude, and actionof parishoners regarding their call to ministry at The Word Church in Cleveland, OH through participation in an eight week seminar on call to ministry. The project design included administrationof pre-text and post-test five point Likert scale assessment to capture the knowledge, attitude and action of participants on the subject matter and evaluation of the study. The results of the eight-week seminar revealed that there was a major impact ranging from +0.79 - +1.05 regarding the participants' knowledge, attitude, and action towards their personal call to ministry in the Black Church tradition.
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