Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

The Impact of Patriarchy on Female Leadership in the Church

Author
Eloise M Fulton
Abstract
Patriarchy has impacted female leadership in the church by creating an environment of competition, comparison, and insecurity among females. The result of the research is that these 3 elements create conflict that redirects the female focus away from female leadership and towards adversarial or negative interactions. The author researched Old and New Testament Biblical Narratives that focused on female interactions using thesis/essaymodel.

Evangelism and Mission to Women Through the Strengthening and Revitalization of the Existing American Baptist Women's Ministries of the Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA)

Author
J Jayakiran Sebastian
Abstract
The question posed by this study is how to strengthen and revive the existing American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM) of the Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA). The study utilized a hybrid of the Action/Reflection and Program Planning Models through the use of the congregation's responses to the church profile, online survey and the pastoral interviews. This process provided a trajectory to analyze the best methods or spiritual practices to empower the ABWM and Women's Ministries of the PBA congregations. It is anticipated that through engagement, equipping, and encouragement the needs of the women in these congregations will be addressed, transforming them into a community of seekers, believers, and disciples.

A New Testament model of hospitality for the African American Church

Author
Charmaine L Green
Abstract
The 21st century has ushered many changes into the African American church (attire, personal expressions, family structures) which reflect differences between individuals entering the church and those reared in the church and have challenged the status quo of many more traditional members thus resulting in the waning of hospitality practices in many African American churches and prompting the need for a resurgence of hospitality to again make the church welcoming of all. This project uses the program planning model to develop a spiritual formation and discipleship program intended to develop disciples who exhibit hospitality to all individuals entering the church.

From pasture to well: facing demographic challenge and developing missional identity in an urban congregation

Author
Stephen P Verkouw
Abstract
This Doctor of Ministry project originates from reflection on the topic of evangelism, especially in relation to four major outreach projects of Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA. Using action/reflection methodology, the project considers four outreach initiatives made by the congregation in the period from 1998 to the present -- a weekly community meal, a child care center, a neighborhood housing development organization, and collaboration with Narcotics Anonymous. The project includes reflection on these specific initiatives in mission to discern whether and how they hve been effective as part of Grace's larger attempt to renew its mission in the face of its own demographic decline and the urban transformation taking place in the congregation's neighborhood.

The impact of death anxiety

Author
Llewellyn M Drumbor
Abstract
Death anxiety and the fear of death are often intertwined in the human psyche, presenting the potential for a broad array of destructive forces unless courage is found to address and manage both death anxiety and the fear of death. The first section of this project addresses death. It explores such authorities as psychiatrist Irvin Yalom who wrote regarding the momentous importance of death and its role in shaping one's life perspective. The focus of quoted sources and of the author is that death needs to be confronted as a life-empowering change; especially the lives and death competence of chaplains and clergy. Only through such change will chaplains and clergy be unfettered to teach, model, and assist others, in confronting the destructive forces of death anxiety and fear of death. Exploring death anxiety and fear of death, defines death anxiety while discussing the relationship between death anxiety and fear. Fear of death has a focus, a primary concern. Most scholars conclude that three primary concerns comprise fear of death: Thoughts of a punishing afterlife; dread of annihilation; and the physical pain that may be felt while dying. The project explains how an integration of knowledge, skills, and competences is critical to preparing the chaplain/clergy for effective ministry. The professional caregiver will need to come to terms with her/his own mortality before building the trust that transcends the fear and death anxiety inherent with end-of-life patients.

Betrothal: restoring a tradition to meet the needs of cohabitating couples

Author
Marsha S Garrett
Abstract
This project addresses the reality of prenuptial cohabitation as it relates to Lutheran couples who present themselves to the church to be married. The project methodology consists of modified case studies. A history of betrothal practices lays the groundwork for the study. Then seven cases are presented. The first case is based on the writings of Martin Luther as he spoke to the culture of his day regarding marriage. The second case comes from the historic records of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Cumberland, Maryland in its registering of cohilationen - cohabiters. Five cases come from the ministry of the author in the early twenty-first century. A public rite of betrothal is suggested as a way to strengthen engagement and provide a place for promises of faithfulness as a couple moves toward becoming married. A sample rite is offered that might take place during the Sunday morning worship service.

Speaking from the margins as a military chaplain: an ethical decision-making model from a socially conservative perspective

Author
Jared A Watson
Abstract
This paper presents an ethical decision-making model geared towards military chaplains dealing with multiple areas of influence. Normally, an individual deals with a professional organization or a set of rules defined by their employer to provide guidelines for ethical decision-making. This is not the case for military chaplains, specifically Family Life Chaplains; they have multiple areas of influence that provide input when dealing with ethical dilemmas. Military chaplains are provided input from their ecclesiastical endorser; their religion; their scripture; military regulations; military memoranda; other military documents; professional organizations; federal, state, and other laws; and other areas. When confronted with an ethical decision, chaplains need to take into consideration all of these pieces of input, figure out a way to organize them in a hierarchical format, and then make an informed decision that is in the best interest of the person they are helping. This paper presents a five-step process and uses a graphical presentation based on the genogram to provide a visual representation of the decision making model. A key component of the model takes into consideration multiple "informants" or ourtside influences that impact the individual's decision-making when confronted with an ethical dilemma and helps them organize the "informants" into a logical, hierarchical format to assist in making a decision. The project uses four case studies to present the model including four genogram-graphics.

Pastor as Chief Evangelical Officer (CEO): strategic leadership and administration: a workbook for church leaders

Author
Magdalena Naanhule Ya-Shalongo
Abstract
The project's goal is to create a workbook of effective strategic leadership and administration for church leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), especially at parish level. All leaders at every level will take part in training for effective strategic leadership and administration in the parish to be performed for the benefit of the whole ELCIN. Biblical strategic leadership style will be the key model utilized throughout the training.
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