Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions

Meditating on the Law Imagining God's Reign through the lens of Torah in Pslam 1

Author
Peter A Bynum
Abstract
Based on an exegetical study of three key terms in Psalm 1 (happy, law, and meditate) and a guided qualitative experiment using the covenant law, this project explores the path of imaginative reflection on torah that the psalmist urges every faithful believer to walk. The research concludes that the seeking of happiness through delight and meditation upon "the law of the Lord" remains a significant and fruitful spiritual discipline for Christians despite negative perceptions of societal and biblical law.

Knights of the Table The Binding Nature of Worship at Salisbury School

Author
Joseph K Hall
Abstract
As adolescent boys develop their sense of self through relationship with others and, through that, with the Divine, the ritual of required bi-weekly chapel services at an all-boys boarding school offers all students a relational experience of God intrinsically connected to a loving, supportive community. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, this study shows how the experience of a Christian corporate worship can nurture a sense of community that transcends social, religious, and cultural backgrounds as a way to inform their emerging faith and sense of self in relationship with the Other.

The Impact of Stress on Ministry Effectiveness of Hong Kong Pastors Studying Counseling at HKICC with Implications for Hong Kong Seminary Training

Author
Tai Wai Yip
Abstract
This paper examined the impact of stress on the ministry effectiveness of Hong Kong pastors studying counseling at Hong Kong Institute of Christian Counselors (HKICC), and their subsequent insights and implications for Hong Kong seminary training.This study adopted qualitative research methods by interviewing a group of selected Hong Kong pastors who have undergone training at HKICC, and evaluating their growth and hardiness attained for ministry effectiveness for their personal situations after the counseling training. The author also discussed the city environment of Hong Kong; the measurement of ministry effectiveness was identified as the positive effects of self-efficacy under stress.

Factors advancing or limiting evangelical mission in Ukraine

Author
Timothy L Boyd
Abstract
This research project sought to understand what factors advanced or limited evangelism in Ukraine. To learn about this, a qualitative narrative approach was used and data was gathered through interviews with eight Ukrainian evangelists. The questions investigated the theological, historical-cultural, and relational contexts in Ukrainian society to understand what is affecting evangelism in Ukraine. The author concluded that there is a good theological foundation in Ukraine, but it is insufficient to result in an evangelical experience. Also, older forms of mass evangelism are ineffective and what is most effective is evangelism incorporates a personal aspect, ministry to children, and humanitarian aid.

A comparison of Biblical and Tamajaq Wisdom Traditions: Insights for Christian Communicators

Author
Bonnie Miedema Aebi
Abstract
A Comparison of Biblical and Tamajaq Wisdom Traditions: Insights for Christian Communicators compares Old Testament wisdom writings with traditional Tamajaq wisdom in order to more effectively communicate biblical truth to the Tamajaq (Tuareg) people of Niger. The researcher took a qualitative approach to descriptive research. She interviewed Tamajaq speakers regarding the nature of wisdom, traits of wise people, and ways of acquiring wisdom. She proposed developing "The path of Wisdom for the Tamajaq," to present biblical teaching through storytelling, poetry, and song, illustrated by Tamajaq proverbs. The goal is to bring its hearers to Christ, the perfect wisdom from God.

The Spiritual Vitality of Indigenous Monocultural Missionaries in India Associated with Missionary Upholders Trust

Author
Rebecca K Magnuson
Abstract
This study explored the spiritual vitality of indigenous missionaries associated with an Indian member care agency. The purpose was to confirm spiritual life factors enabling this population to thrive in their lives and ministry. In this concurrent mixed-methods study, 227 participants completed quantitative survey items and 32 participants responded to a qualitative interview schedule. Spiritual vitality, evidenced through qualitative findings, was summarized as an outcome of a personal relationship with the triune God that is evident through the Christ-like qualities of a missionary who is resilient in the face of hardship. Precedent research, discussion of findings, and recommendations are included.

Equipping the next generation factors that enable leaders of Chinese churches in New York City to effectively equip their young adults

Author
Ijia (Rosie) Hao
Abstract
Chinese churches in NYC have been losing their English-speaking next generation. This research is to find out factors that enable the leaders to effectively equip their youths. This study employs descriptive research methodology and concentrates in three research questions: What are the characteristics of the effective leaders? What are the practices of the effective leaders? What makes effective leadership teams? The findings rest on interviews with leaders of five effective Chinese churches of NYC (BCCC, FaBC, FiBC, NYCAC, and OCM), InterVarsity, and Seekers. Findings show that the key characteristic is "connecting," practices include relationship and responsibility; unity and diversity contribute to effective leadership teams.

Church planting team leadership: balancing the demands of the church planting task and team care

Author
Craig S Querfeld
Abstract
The study sought to determine leadership practices of a missionary church planting team leader that result in accomplishing the church planting task and caring for team. Members and leaders from twenty-one missionary church planting teams filled out an email questionnaire consisting of ten questions, five related to accomplishing the church planting task and five related to caring for the team. The responses were analyzed and categorized. The researched revealed four leadership practices: training and teaching, leading team meetings, organizational practices, and relational practices that strengthen the relationships in the team.

African-American churches that effectively engage men in the life of the church: perspectives on pathways to success

Author
Nate Birle
Abstract
the focus of this dissertation was to discover what Missionary Baptist Churches in the midlands of South Carolina are doing to effectively engage men in the life of the local church. The research begins with the question; To what do African-American churches that effectively engage men in the life of the church attribute their success? The research included twelve churches from five different counties. There were a total of 22 different interviews with pastors and brotherhood presidents who are part of the Baptist E & M Convetion of South Carolina.

Spiritual sisciplines missionaries use to stay spiritually healthy: a study of North American Baptist Conference missionaries

Author
Alan W Steier
Abstract
The work of missionaries is primarily spiritual work. In this dissertation the author surveyed and interviewed missionaries to determine what spiritual disciplines most helped them stay effective in their ministry. The results of this research point out certain spiritual disciplines which missionaries use to remain spiritually healthy-prayer, engaging Scripture, worship, fellowship, and service. Other disciplines were done to a lesser extent. There was also recognition by the missionaries that workload, busyness, one's environment, and cross-cultural living impacted the effective practice of those disciplines. The work of missionaries is significantly influenced by the condition of their spiritual health.
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