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Developing Christlike Disciples with the Fourfold Spiritual Journey Model at Westwood Alliance Church

Author
Wai Fung Chow D.Min.
Abstract
In this research portfolio, the author explores spiritual formation as a deeper life journey to imitate Jesus Christ. The key question the research addressed is how Jesus’ followers in Westwood Alliance Church (hereafter called WAC) can walk into a deeper life journey with Jesus Christ. Four aspects of Jesus’ life on earth have been identified for the sake of living out the life modelled by Jesus Christ (Discipline, Surrender, Testimony, and Community). The author examined the question through four separate yet related dimensions: (i) the author’s spiritual autobiography into the Life of Discipline, in which the author confirmed his vocational calling from God; (ii) the process of recovering from grief into the Life of Surrender, in which the author realized the valuable transformation in his life after his wife’s passing; (iii) the Fourfold Spiritual Journey model into the Life of Testimony, in which the author tried to formulate a deeper life practice in WAC; (iv) and the field research project into the Life of Community, in which the author practised early morning prayer with a small group of people. The conclusion is that walking a spiritual journey with Jesus Christ in WAC is practical and achievable through practising spiritual disciplines to achieve the awareness of God’s presence in one’s daily life, abiding in Christ to achieve a lifestyle of surrender, sharing one’s testimony to equip other disciples, and reaching out the community of faith to serve one another.

Designing a Storybook Based on Matthew 19:13-15 to Share Faith with Primary School-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author
Heather J Malnick
Abstract
The number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder has increased in Canada, which is reflected at Living Faith Community Presbyterian Church in Baxter, Ontario, where the number of special needs children has also risen in the past eight years. Despite this increase, faith-based resources created for children with ASD are scarce. In response, this research project reviewed existing sociological, psychological and theological literature-accompanied by data obtained from a parent focus group, expert review, and professional feedback-to create a faith-based storybook using communication techniques specified for children with ASD. Field study incorporated the Action Research method of inquiry.

A Model for Fostering Relational Growth by Using Appreciative Inquiry at New Life Adventist Church in Oshawa, Ontario

Author
Frank Dell'Erba
Abstract
This project introduced the Appreciative Inquiry process to the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oshawa for the purpose of fostering positive change towards increased loving relationships with one another. The objective was to deepen relationships and create a more united vision in Christ in a hard-working church that was very focused on tasks and programs but where growth had been limited. Through the use of the Appreciative Inquiry process that was evidence of some positive change towards increased loving relationships and provocative proposals were implemented since the end of the project.

A Holistic Spiritual Formation Model for Selected Chinese Evangelical Churches in the G.T.A

Author
Paddy PP Wong
Abstract
A holistic spiritual formation journey includes knowing the revealed and hidden aspects of God with our minds and our hearts. This is integral to Christian formation and facilitating authentic spiritual transformation in the Christian life. Based on my personal experiences, Chinese evangelical churches have put a strong emphasis on teaching biblical knowledge and encouraging services in ministry and missions. There is a lack of putting the same emphasis on providing channels that guide congregants in nurturing deeper spiritual intimacy with God which leads to whole life transformation. This portfolio includes a spiritual autobiography (Chapter 2) that traces my own spiritual path from being nurtured through acquiring biblical knowledge to growing in my spiritual intimacy with God through applying ancient spiritual practices such as silence and solitude and spiritual companioning. Chapter 3 provides a holistic formation model for Chinese evangelical churches and features four types of Christian spirituality: cognitive spirituality, experiential spirituality, contemplative spirituality, and societal regeneration spirituality. Chapter 4 uses the practice of group spiritual direction in a qualitative research project to determine whether the practice nurtures spiritual transformation of Chinese evangelical Christians. The results from the project affirmed that group spiritual direction did deepen the participants' spiritual intimacy with God and with other believers as well as their commitment to practicing the spiritual disciplines.

Developing and Implementing a Model for Discipleship through Student Missional Houses on the Campus of Queen's University

Author
Steven Lee Kooy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop and implement a model of student discipleship through missional houses on the campus of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In order to achieve this objective, biblical and theological data, social science literature, and current missional housing models were researched and a model for missional houses was designed, implemented, and tested. The methodology undertaken was Participatory Action Research and included resident surveys, missional health assessments, and interviews. This data provided the tools needed to discern a transformational model for discipling students through campus missional houses.

Spiritual Formation Shaped by the Potter's Hands Exploring the Impact of Spiritual Friendships in Small Groups Using Lectio Divina

Author
Hubert P Wu
Abstract
Based on phenomenological research, findings suggest that spiritual companionship, enhanced through individuals' shared practice of particular spiritual disciplines, deepens the spiritual growth of members of small groups within a congregation. In particular, a storied way of Lectio Divina successfully cultivates a deeper relationship with God, and an increased sensitivity to God's work in individual lives. As group members, ranging from new believers to mature Christ followers, share these life stories with one another, spiritual companionship deepens. In turn, this deepened spiritual companionship encourages mutual edification toward Christlikeness, and provides further contribution to a greater understanding of discipleship within the congregation.

Using the Ignatian Examen in Community to Encourage Spiritual Transformation

Author
Katherine A Burgess
Abstract
The major focus of the work was spiritual transformation in community, and each paper discussed some aspect of this. The importance of individual growth and growth in community was evident in the author's spiritual autobiography in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 discussed models of spiritual formation, with a focus on Celtic spirituality, which is noted for its emphasis on community. The research conducted during the project as discussed in Chapter 4 also showed how one needs community in order to deepen one's relationship with God. Overall, the research and project showed how one needs community to facilitate spiritual transformation.

Designing, Implementing and Assessing a Prayer Journey for a Small Group Within Richmond Hill Christian Community Church to Pray Like Jesus

Author
Yvonne Yee-Mui Chan
Abstract
In 2015, the English congregation team leadership in Richmond Hill Christian Community Church acknowledged prayer as a key growth area for the congregation. Evaluative research methodology was used for the design and implementation of this project, taking a small group on a Prayer Journey. Scriptures on Jesus' prayer practices were studied. Participants were to read about prayer, practice, update their journals, and share. Data analysis included a pre- and post-project survey to assess the participants' learning. Results indicated a deepened understanding about prayer and a desire to follow Jesus's examples. Lessons learned were used in implementing an ongoing prayer ministry.

Improving Our Welcome Listening and responding to Newcomers in Order to Improve the Hospitality of Weyburn Free Methodist Church

Author
Jay AJ Mowchenko
Abstract
This action research thesis project responded to newcomer experiences to improve the intentional hospitality in our church.A ten-person research team interviewed fourteen newcomers to Weyburn Free Methodist Church. Group discernment meetings analyzed the content of the interviews, and created a Welcome: Connect team for Sunday morning services. After eight months, follow-up interviews with four of the initial subjects and six newcomers who came to church during the study were used, alongside developmental evaluation and church statistics, to observe the results.

Developing Intimacy with God in an Anglican Context

Author
Dawn L Davis
Abstract
This portfolio looks at nurture that links corporate worship with the personal spiritual experience and particularly in a small group or mentorship. At Trinity Church (Aurora, Ontario, Canada), as with most Anglican churches, spiritual formation has been through corporate worship and private devotions. Laity do not tend to speak about the spiritual experience and consequently can lack confidence in spiritual leadership. This portfolio explores: 1. the limitations of serving God without knowing God; 2. the limitations of rely on corporate worship and personal devotions; 3. the limitations of a private faith; and 4. the significance of a praxis-based small group.
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