Ashland Theological Seminary

A Discovery of Confessional Accountability Practices of Leaders in the Brethren Church Denomination Based in Ashland, Ohio

Author
Steven Leon Cole
Abstract
A Discovery of Confessional Accountability Practices of Leaders in the Brethren Church Denomination Based in Ashland, Ohio:
The purpose of this project was to discover the personal spiritual practices regarding confessional accountability among leaders in The Brethren Church denomination based in Ashland, Ohio. The participants were evaluated by distributing an assessment both by mail and email. The surveys were returned by mail or completed on a survey website where they were stored for data to be
compiled for evaluation.

The most prominent finding revealed that respondents held a high value
for pastors to have vulnerable relationships but found it difficult to develop and
sustain relationships where they can engage in confession and spiritual healing.

A Discovery Project of Equine Assisted Therapy in Relationship to God

Author
Carissa Kay Henry
Abstract
A Discovery Project of Equine Assisted Therapy in Relationship to God by Carissa Kay Henry:
The purpose of this project was to discover the degree to which a select group of Christian therapists understands the ways in Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) can mirror young adults' relationships with God. The discover project consisted of an assessment tool created and implemented for qualitative and quantitative responses.
The most prominent finding was the Christian therapists have the ability to view the relationships of young adults with God and see those relationships improve through Equine Assisted Therapy. Application and recommendations for further research are offered for consideration.

Vox Spiriti Sancti: An Impact Study of the Spiritual Life of Christian Professionals in Cleveland, Ohio

Author
Victor J Pergola
Abstract
Vox Spiriti Sancti: An Impact Study of the Spiritual Life of Christian Professionals in Cleveland, Ohio:
The purpose of this project was to impact the spiritual life of a select group of Christian professionals in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The project included the facilitation of a pre-test and post-test Likert Scale instrument. The course content brought focus to the principle Christian mysteries of Trinity, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The results indicated an increase in awareness for growth in spirituality. There were three themes of emphasis in a small group setting: worship and liturgy, prayerful sharing of Scripture, and the importance of Scripture for Christian growth.

An Impact Study About the Effects of Unprocessed Trauma

Author
Pamela D Nelson
Abstract
An Impact Study About the Effects of Unprocessed Trauma:
The purpose of this project was to impact the understanding of unprocessed trauma by using an eight week formational prayer model at City Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan. The project included a quantitative and qualitative pre-test, post-test design that measured the participants' understanding of the effects of unprocessed trauma.
As a results of this study, participants increased in their knowledge about common triggers to past experiences. Participants demonstrated an increased understanding in their ability to process a previous trauma experience, and participants developed an awareness about how trauma interferes with a relationship to God.

A Project to Discover the Need for a Prison Ministry at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH

Author
Vernell Lumbus-Young
Abstract
A Project to Discover the Need for a Prison Ministry at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH :
The purpose of this project was to discover the need for a prison ministry at New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. In order to determine the need for a prison ministry, a five-point Likert scale questionnaire survey was designed along with one to two open ended questions. The results of the survey revealed that there was a great interest among the congregants for a prison ministry. In the final results of my questionnaire survey and open ended questions, almost all respondents revealed that there is a need for a prison ministry. I concluded that there was a 95% interest in the need for a prison ministry at New Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Discovering How African-American Male Soldiers' Self-Esteem is Diminished and Restored n the Army

Author
Everett Lee Caldwell
Abstract
Discovering How African-American Male Soldiers' Self-Esteem is Diminished and Restored n the Army:
The purpose of this project was to discover how African American male chaplains have recognized the dynamics that have lowered self-esteem of African American male soldiers and to identify ways that have been used to restore their self-esteem in the U.S. Army. A 5-point Likert scale survey was taken by eight African American male chaplains within the 807th brigade. It was discovered: 1) African American male soldiers' self-esteem is diminished when denied promotions; 2) African American male soldiers were encouraged by seeing black officers; 3) African American male chaplains gave words of empowerment to help soldiers overcome racial injustices.

Self-Awareness: The Vital Key to Successful Spiritual Leadership Development Through a 5 Day Boot Camp Experience

Author
William E Joseph Jr.
Abstract
Self-Awareness: The Vital Key to Successful Spiritual Leadership Development Through a 5 Day Boot Camp Experience

The purpose of this project was to impact Seventh-day Adventist ministerial interns preparing for ordination to begin the process of becoming self-differentiated leaders. The design of the project included the administration of pre-assessment and post-assessment questionnaires, along with five modules focusing on self-awareness for completion by the participants.
The results of the five-day self-awareness course revealed that the participants became more self-aware. Self-awareness among the participants improved as they integrated biblical principles from 2 Peter 1:5-8, the formation of a personal mission, vision and philosophy statements, taking diagnostic tests, practicing the discipline of solitude, and tracking a life sketch.

Attitudes Toward African American Female Clergy in the C.M.E. Church

Author
Sheree L Winn
Abstract
Attitudes Toward African American Female Clergy in the C.M.E. Church by Sheree L. Winn (Ashland Theological Seminary)
This project was to discover how the attitudes of the members of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church toward African American female clergy affect their positions in leading first churches (major charges or large congregations) and serving as Presiding Elders and Bishops. There were thirty-three (330 participants who completed a 5-point Likert scale survey in January 2018 at a pastor's conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The results of revealed: some attitudes prevent it, disbelief that sexism exists and congregants resist African American female clergy in leadership positions.

Faith Goes to Work: An Impact Study of Integrating Christian Convictions with Workplace Practices

Author
Terry D Koehn
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the missional practices of a small group of Elk City United Methodist congregants through their participation in an eight-week experience focused on the integration of faith with work. The process involved responding to pre-test and post-test surveys, learning and discussing relevant concepts, and reflecting on related articles and videos.
The results of the small-group process revealed that the participants become more adept in thinking theologically about work. The participants also grew in their ability to value God's purpose in the work of others and to develop God-honoring goals for their own work.

Why African-American Generation X'ers Do Not Attend African-American Churches

Author
Lillian Robinson
Abstract
Why African-American Generation X'ers Do Not Attend African-American Churches
This dissertation responds to the question, what are the reasons that African-American Gen X'ers do not attend the African-American Church? Surveys were completed by twenty community volunteers. They survey consisted of twenty Likert-Scale questions, one open - ended statement, and three survey evaluation questions.
The results revealed 60% of the participants felt the church service time did not meet their schedules. The reasons included busy lifestyles, finances, and a desire to preserve personal time. Hypocrisy in the church was selected by 45% of the participants. Ninety-four percent of the participants felt the survey allowed them to express their honest options.
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