Bethel Seminary (Saint Paul, Minn)

The discipline of applying the gospel for servant leadership development

Author
Matthew P Anderson
Abstract
This project examined the relationship between the gospel and servant leadership development. A God-moved heart through the gospel results in servant leadership. Christians apply the gospel as a discipline. Servant leadership literature focuses on practices neglecting inner-formation. However, virtue models consider inner disposition/character. An instrumental case study indicated that the gospel influenced how leaders treated and responded to others. However, spiritual development was foundational for only two leaders. Findings included the importance of awareness, gospel clarity, and the need to move from a virtues-based to a faith-based model of servant leadership. A gospel-based leadership development model was proposed.

The new Reformed pastor: a Zwinglian wisdom for modern ministers

Author
Scotty J Williams
Abstract
According to certain Reformed movements, an improper understanding of John Calvin's pastoral vision has led to a sacramentality that hinders the sharing of eucharistic grace. In response to this problem the researcher explored the pastoral vision, sacramental views and ministry philosophy of Ulrich Zwingli. By making use of Zwingli's vision, sacramentality and philosophy, the researcher created a new template of Reformed pastoral ministry that aids Reformed pastors to encourage the sharing of eucharistic grace.

Leadership excellence: developing the next leaders to excel in the large Hmong church

Author
Samuel Ly
Abstract
The problem this research project addressed was the lack of understanding of leadership excellence in large Hmong churches. In response to the problem the researcher studied themes of leadership in the Scripture and in relevant contemporary literature. He then investigfated these themes in operation by interviewing twelve present or former ministry leaders and the leadership boards at five large Hmong churches in the United States. From this study the researcher identified seven factiors associated with effective leadership among the Hmong church. After analyzing these seven factors with the findings from Scripture and contemporary leadership literature, the researcher derived a set of ten key findings that are applicable to his own ministry setting, Our City-Our Neighborhood (OCON) Church, as well as to Hmong churches everywhere.

A qualitative analysis of the challenges of first generation pastors

Author
Alfonso Gilbert
Abstract
The problem this project addresses is the challenges first generation pastors face in ministry who come from non-Christian homes in comparison to second generation pastors. It includes an exegetical analysis and comparison of a first and second generation leader in Scripture. The three primary areas of research are challenges in leadership development, ministry crisis and burnout, and pre-conversion adverse experiences. The reearch conclusions demonstrate that first generation pastors who come from non-Christian backgrounds face significantly greater challenges than the average second generation pastor in ministry.

Creating a process to develop the lives and leadership contributions of short-term mission participants

Author
Janet Kay Findley Farley
Abstract
The problem this thesis addressed was the lack of understanding by lay missionaries and lay leaders of how God has shaped their lives for their unique leadership contribution through short-term mission trips. Scripture and contemporary literature on the subject were studied, then a qualitative study collected and analyzed data from short missions done through the Village Church, Racho Santa Fe. The data was analyzed by examining it through coding in order to derive a grounded theory of the phenomenon of short-term missions. This theory, along with an adaptation of organic leadership theory, formed the basis of a curriculum created to equip short-term missionaries to make life-long impacts on local and global missions.

The role of family of origin in pastoral stress management

Author
Douglas M Graham
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to study the nature of the relationship between pastoral leadership stress and family of origin. The researcher identified eveidence showing that family of origin is influential in how pastoral leaders repsond to leadership stress in ministry. A theological review in the Book of genesis revealed family of origin dynamics that influenced the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. A literature review resulted in data that showed pastoral leadership to be uniquely stressful and family of origin dynamics to be life shaping. Personal interviews and a survey confrmed the researcher's premise that family of origin influences stress management in pastoral ministry.

Hispanic church planting in Chicago

Author
Scott W Millar
Abstract
This study presents data from five case studies of successful Hispanic church plants in Chicago. Focus groups with ten open ended questions were used to elicit the data. The study begins with a demographic overview of the major Hispanic groups represented in Chicago (Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Guatemalan). The biblical review focuses on the principles of church planting modeled by Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Peter and Paul. The literature review investigates church planting from a Hispanic perspective. The results of the study are summarized in 20 key winning factors vital to reaching Hispanics in the United States.

Where are all the young men?

Author
Louis J Saldiveri
Abstract
This project addressed the failure of small churches in Ocean, Monmouth, and Camden counties of New Jersey to effectively engage and train Gen X and Millennial young men for ministry. The researcher used case study and grounded theory to generate data. The results suggested a model that should contain five elements. Pastors must train current leaders in transformational self-leadership. Second, trained leaders must invite young mentees into a mentoring relationship. Third, all parties must agree on the goals. Fourth, there must be regular meetings between the mentor and the mentee. Fifth, there must be a fluid process open to change.

Identifying the major issues that have led to the decline in numbers of African American males in churches in west Philadelphia

Author
Paul B Cofer
Abstract
The problem this project addressed was a need to retain African American males in churches in West Philadelphia. Qualitative research in grounded theory was the method used to gather, analyze and interpret the data. The weft QDA software was used to organize and analyze the data. Some of the issues identified: the family, single parents, fatherlessness and the church. Five key solutions were developed: relationship wiith God, restoring identity, restoring the family, restoring the church and transforming the culture.

Faith-based discernment counseling: the evaluation of a divorce intervention training event for pastors

Author
Russell M Berg
Abstract
Pastors can be equipped to be effective "first responders" to couples facing the decision to divorce through a 1 day training in a new divorce intervention protocol called Faith Based Discernment Counseling. Increases in a pastor's self-described confidence and competency were reported in questionnaires at the conclusion of the training and at 1 and 3 months following the seminar. A strong majority felt better prepared to work with mixed agenda couples (polarized as to the future of the marriage) and would recommend the training to others. Long interviews and focus group feedback at 6 months generally supported these outcomes.
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