Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (Ambridge, Pa)

Reclaiming Subtitutionary Atonement in an Episcopal Church

Author
Claudia Nalven
Abstract
This paper examines how parishoners at an evangelical Episcopal Church have absorbed and understood the doctrine of substitutionary atonement. It considers how preaching through a framework of substitutionary atonement, can help shape the incorporation of this doctrine into the congregation's life and self-understanding. The paper uses as a framework the theology of Thomas Torrance, who combines reformed soteriology with patristic Christology to overcome some of the objections to this doctrine. Exodus 34 and the prologue of John's Gospel form the biblical basis for this approach to substitutionary atonement. The paper commends substitutionary atonement as part of a framework for lectionary preaching.

An Assessment of Denominational Resources and Guidance Available Relating to End-of-Life Pastoral Care in the Anglican Church in North America, Diocese of Western Anglicans, Deaneries of San Diego and Los Angeles

Author
James D Hearn
Abstract
This thesis examines the difficulties faced by parish clergy serving in the Diocese of Western Anglicans of the Anglican Church in North America in attempting to access denominational resources and secure guidance when called upton to minister to congregants facing complex end-of-life issues. While the Church is possessed of rich foundational resources capable of providing bioethical guidance, the data obtained through field research suggests that clergy are either unaware of such resources or face difficulties or confusion in locating, interpreting, and applying them. These resources are considered as re the foundations upon which further resources may be generated.

Outward Focused Church Cultural Shifts Leading to Missional Outcomes

Author
Rodger Woodworth
Abstract
The thesis of this project proposed that an inward focus prevented members of an established congregation from having authentic relationships or significant conversations of eternal matters with those outside the walls of the church. Thenographic information concerning internal and external challenges was gained through questionnaires and interviews. The study proceeded to examine biblical and theological foundations for an outward focus, re-envisioning a missional church culture, educated and equipped members through outward focused gatherings, and encouragement with unchurched people in the community by means of a common passion, to develop authentic, mutual relationships of trust and influence.

Addressing Cohabitation and Pre-marital Sex in Church Marriage Preparation

Author
William T Henry
Abstract
This thesis examines the issues involved for young engaged couples in chosing to live together and/or sleep together before marriage. Married couples at St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, entered in the pre-marriage preparation process shared observations about their generation and their personal expereinces related to co-habitation and sex before marriage. A study of relevant Scripture was undertaken to gain a better understanding of the Bible's witness in the areas of human nature, marriage, sin, lust and sexual immorality. A broad study of theologians and their perspectives provided deeper insights into the same issues.

Building Up the Body of Christ: Discerning the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany

Author
Ellen C Neufeld
Abstract
Expressions of what may be understood to be charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit are commonly used in many events sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, New York or by groups or parishes within this diocese. This thesis examines the extent to which this circumstance causes stress or even rifts in diocesan life and relationships. Biblical sources as well as historical and contemporary theological sources are used to illuminate the nature and application of principles for discerning spiritual gifts while a field study analyzes the aspects of the pastoral problem to understand its real nature and effects.

Characteristics of Apostolicity: Yesterday and Today

Author
Jonathan R Tagg
Abstract
Statistics confirm that younger generations are leaving the church, yet many Christ-centered congregations lack solutions. The purpose of this project is to explore how a renewed understanding of "apostolicity" can bridge social and cultural divides. The three samples of this study will include two movements (one ancient, one contemporary) and one local church. In addition, there is a biblical-theological overview of "apostolicity" (with focused exegesis of Ephesians 4 and Acts 17). Discoveries will yield strengths, weaknesses and questions for future discussion.

Realigning, Replanting, Renewing and Re-missioning Assessing a Traditional Anglican Congregation's Transition to a Missional Community Committed to Planting Other Missional Communitites

Author
David D Wilson
Abstract
Our culture, our institutions and our very way of life are no longer stable. We are in a constant state of flux that increases at a faster pace each day. Some churches have responded by transitioning from traditional congregations to missional communities. The purpose of this project was to focus on the actions taken to make that transition. I believe without change many congregations wont survive. I will define both biblical and missional theology and apply those definitions in the life of the congregation that I pastor, the Anglican Parish of Christ the Redeemer in the South Hills, Canonsburg PA.

Characteristics of apostolicity: yesterday and today

Author
Jonathan R Tagg
Abstract
Statistics confirm that younger generations are leaving the church, yet many Christ-centered congregations lack solutions. The purpose of this project is to explore how a renewed understanding of 'apostolicity' can bridge social and cultural divides. The three samples of this study will include two movements (one ancient, one contemporary) and one local church. In addition, there is a biblical-theological overview of 'apostolicity' (with focused exegesis of Ephesians 4 and Acts 17). Discoveries will yield strengths, weaknesses, and questions for future discussion.

Biblical literacy and its influence in congregational leadership.

Author
Joel T Grigg
Abstract
Biblical literacy is declining across Europe and North America. This translates into a growing fundamental problem with the church's ability to be witnesses of the gospel. The Bible itself testifies to it power to change lives as do the Anglican Reformers; particularly Thomas Cranmer and Richard Hooker. This project builds upon the testimony of these witnesses by leading congregational leaders in a simple Bible reading program. It shows that such biblical engagement not only increases factual knowledge but also increase the depth of one's own personal spiritual commitment and ministry satisfaction.

Chaplaincy and the Great commission

Author
Andrea Herlong
Abstract
This thesis examines how Christian clinical chaplains stay faithful to Christ while working in an environment which prohibits non-requested faith sharing. It explores this challenge through the biblical stories of Joseph in Nebuchadnezzar's Court, Daniel in Pharaoh's Court, Esther in the court of Xeroxes, and through the teachings of Jesus. The writings of Luther, Calvin, Packer, Newbigin, and Kirkwood were researched for their theological implications for ministry in church and state. Christian chaplains and supervisors were interviewed to describe their ministries. Their answers were helpful in understanding how to minister as a Christian chaplain in a diverse interfaith/intercultural hospital.
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