Ashland Theological Seminary

Vox Sancti Spiriti

Author
Victor J Pergola
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the spiritual life of a select group of Christian professionals in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The chosen method included administration of a pre-test and post-test Likert Scale instrument that was built within an eight session course on spirituality. The results indicated a significant increase in awareness for growth in spirituality. There were three themes of emphasis: a focus on worship and liturgy in congregational groups; a focus on prayerful sharing of Scripture in small group settings; and a refocus on the importance of Scripture for Christian growth.

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.

Do you intend your child to be his disciple? Helping parents to fulfill the vows which they make at the time of their child's baptism

Author
Richard R Boyer
Abstract
In the Presbyterian Church (USA) parents routinely bring their infant children for baptism, making vows on behalf of their children. One such vow is the parental intention that the child become Jesus' disciple, obey His word, and His love. Yet we have historically provided little guidance for the fulfillment of this vow. I designed and conducted a nine-week class to assist these parents. The class presented strategies for teaching children about the Bible, Christian worship, prayer, church traditions, and the Christian life. The participants reported increased confidence in their ability to provide such teaching for their children.

Love and friendship in relational community

Author
Ronald S Hall
Abstract
The model was found to be successful in facilitating dialogue among church leaders to create strategies to enrich Christian relationships and in accomplishing the established goals of encouraging meaningful relational development in the community of faith.

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.
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