Bethel Seminary (Saint Paul, Minn)

An analysis of the decadal growth patterns of the Baptist General Conference, their causes and implications

Author
Harold L Christenson
Abstract
The hypothesis of this study suggests that the continued collective dynamic ministry of the Baptist General Conference is dependent upon the recognition of the trends and forces that brought it to its present status and the enunciating of a strategy for continued growth based on that recognition. A detailed decadal statistical study of its largest 200 churches was made along with demographic and other cultural data to illustrate the trends that are presently acting upon its ministry. They are as follows: a general pattern of declining growth rates, increasing decay in its funding base, and a serious erosion of outreach ministries.

An investigation of the importance of an effective lay leadership team for the growth of smaller churches

Author
William C Larson
Abstract
Will a true team relationship between pastor and lay leaders positively affect church growth? research conducted in this project confirms the thesis. Corporate leadership is discussed from Biblical, historical, and theological perspectives. A broad theory is developed suggesting several consequences of team leadership that ultimately affect church growth. Questionnaire responses assessing team relationship and church growth are correlated by computer analysis. Examination of some growing churches reveals pastor and leaders sharing significant time together. Several relevant conclusions are discussed, as well as implications for pastoral practice.

Developing guidelines for curriculum design for the basic training of pastors for the Wesleyan church in an era of change

Author
Lee M Haines
Abstract
The author contends that, "guidelines for future curriculum design for the basic (pre-ordination) training of Wesleyan pastors can be developed through study of the views of church leaders and pastors as to role expectancy, future changes, and educational needs, especially as such study is compared to the projections of other church bodies." he surveyed Wesleyan pastors, district superintendents, and denominational executives and educators, and researched the projections of futurists and the plans of other denominations. He develops ten guidelines for future Wesleyan pastoral training programs, centering around the provision for a variety of educational tracks into the pastoral ministry.

The implications of student personnel's concept of student development for theological education at Bethel Seminary

Author
Richard E Daniels
Abstract
This thesis proposes student development as an essential task within theological education. Several sources for clarifying the developmental issues of seminary students were discussed. The primary developmental issues of Bethel seminarians were identified as: interpersonal relationships, personal and professional identity, human sexuality, and spiritual formation. Spiritual formation was selected for additional evaluation. A more effective response to this need was suggested in light of recent A.T.S. projects on spiritual formation and the developing theory of spiritual formation (e.g. Fowler and others). A student personnel model for student development was used which incorporates three change strategies: instruction, consultation, and milieu management. A three-year program of spiritual formation was proposed for bethel Theological Seminary.
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