Bethel Seminary (Saint Paul, Minn)

Creating a leadership development coaching model that trains the Christian parent to coach the teen

Author
Susan K Sharpe
Abstract
The problem this project addressed was the need for a biblically based parent-teen leadership development coaching model. The researcher reviewed relevant biblical and contemporary literature on childrearing, leadership development and coaching. She conducted a qualitative study wherein she surveyed fifty Christian parents and gathered data during interview/coaching sessions with twelve of the fifty to determine the need and essentials for such a model. Grounded in her analysis of the data collected in these coaching/interview sessions, the researcher adapted Walling's FL model and designed additional components to create the final model.

Marriage enrichment: an evaluation of a Sanctus Ministries weekend seminar

Author
Johnnie W Cordova
Abstract
This researcher participated in a marriage enrichment workshop, Sanctus Ministries weekend seminar. This paper employed a case study methodology, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. This researcher sought to discover the impact the Sanctus Ministries seminar had on married couples. A study of the methods and philosophy of the Marriage Enrichment (ME) movement was researched to ascertain the kinship that Sanctus had to other marriage enrichment organizations. The results of the case revealed that Sanctus maintained the primary emphasis of the ME movement, which was to help healthy couples acquire skills to make their marriages better.

Giving a voice to the voiceless: a qualitative study of reducing marginalization of ledbianism, gay, bisexual and same-sex attracted students at Christian colleges and universities

Author
Christopher Yuan
Abstract
The problem this project addressed was the sense of marginalization experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and same-sex attracted (SSA) Christian college and university students. Data was collected via an online questionnaire and the study design was mixed methods with an emphasis on the qualitative data. Study sample included 80 students/alumni from 19 Christian colleges/universities. Generally, respondents felt lonely, hid their sexuality and reported a negative campus climate. Recommendations from respondents include institutional policies must be clearer and applied consistently, improve campus climate and form support groups for LGB and SSA students.

Authenticity as incarnational hospitality: a key to reversing the decline of the mainline Christian church

Author
David K Denzer
Abstract
The mainline Christian church is in serious decline. The value of denominationalism itself is in question. An answer to the decline of the mainline Christian church lies in a reimplementation of the principles of "incarnational hospitality." Incarnational hospitality involves the church interacting with its world ad Jesus did: incarnationally, conveying the living God into the world of people. This is done through the practice of the three principles of biblical hospitality: protection, provision, and renewal. The researcher demonstrated through a phenomenological study a significant link between the practice of incarnational hospitality and ministry vitality.

The Lord's Prayer: a model for small group prayer

Author
Matthew James Clausen
Abstract
In this project the researcher (a) studied the meaning of the Lord's Prayer in its first century Biblical context, (b) explored current literature related to the applications of the Lord's Prayer in the life of the believer and in community discipleship, (c) developed a strategy for using the Lord's Prayer as a model for prayer in the adult community groups at First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, (d) implemented the strategy within specific adult community groups and (e) evaluated the impact of the use of the strategy on participants.

Understanding factors thatcontribute to long-term successful pastorates among African-American pastors

Author
Wilbur D Winborne
Abstract
In our present post-modern society the days when the pastor served at one church for his or her entire career is mostly a thing of the past. Longevity in pastoral ministry is rare due to several cultural factors. First, the society of the 21st century is a fast-paced, transient culture. Second, society has evolved from an agrarian culture through the industrial revolution to an information driven technological global village. Finally, there is an increase of anxiety, burnout and spiritual warfare within the pastor's family and in the church. The research confirms the positive aspects of a successful long-term pastorate.

Making disciples in transit communities

Author
Darryl W Evetts
Abstract
According to UN statistics, more than 200 million people were living outside of their home country in 2010. An estimated 1,000 English-language congregations are serving transient people all over the world. It is imperative the international church approach disciple making with its transient nature in mind. This study investigated the nature of effective disciple making in transient communities. Four concepts were identified. Transient churches must cultivate a disciple-making ethos. Transient churches need to maintain a transient community consciousness. Intentional movement in disciple making is absolutely critical to effectiveness. Disciple making is most effective in the context of personal relationships.

African American pastors as transformational servant leaders achieving theological education

Author
Juoy Logan Austin
Abstract
This project addressed the relationship between transformational servant leadership and higher education. Ministry leaders are likely to adopt the leadership style of unorthodox mentors if they have no formal theological education. Leaders nor formally trained are less likely to display transformational leadership behaviors. African American leaders were interviewed about higher education in their ministries. They were tested for a full range of leadership behaviors using the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire. A formal theological studies education was desired but not required by the leaders interviewed. The various reasons and the life stories that formed the participants' views were documented.

Preaching holiness for spiritual transformation in a postmodern church

Author
Dwayne D Winterberg
Abstract
The thesis explores the challenge of preaching holiness for spiritual transformation in a postmodern church. To resolve the problem of the lack of understanding of holiness in one's spiritual journey, a qualitative and quantitative research based on the case study method was used to triangulate the multiple data by interlinking similar themes. The objective of the research develops an innovative theory guiding pastors to preach to their congregation for spiritual advancement. These findings provided valuable insight to the inner spiritual need of the local church body. The study resulted in the development of a spiritual transformational theory. This theory provided a strategy that would support preachers in nurturing spirituality postmodern congregations.
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