Covenant Theological Seminary

Millennials and the mission of the church the motivations, practices and challenges for millennials in the mission of God

Author
Jeffery R Fritsche
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to discover how millennials in the church pursue the missio dei through gospel declaration and demonstration. Understanding the practices, motivations, and challenges millennials face will help the church emphasize mission. This research required millennial participants who could communicate in depth about their practices, motivations, and challenges in mission. Therefore, the study sample consisted of millennials in the church who are actively and regularly involved in both gospel declaration and demonstration. The review of literature focused on four key areas: a biblical survey of the missio dei, the tension between gospel declaration and demonstration, the characteristics of millennials, and an overview of missional communities.

A study of how effective leadership teams can be developed in congregations

Author
Thomas Peter Fleming
Abstract
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate how church leaders develop effective leadership teams in congregations. This was conducted through a review of literature from the world of business and examples from Scripture. A survey of eight leaders in different congregations was conducted using a qualitative approach. The research has revealed a number of strategies and practical steps that can be taken by leaders. Lying behind these approaches there must be emphasis upon the twin needs to develop unity and vision.

When heaven meets earth the final state of the believer

Author
Douglas A Halsne
Abstract
How do Evangelical theologians account for the limited focus on the new earth in academic and popular literature? To answer this question the study followed a qualitative research method, utilizing semi-structured interviews with six theologians, analyzed in a constant comparative method. This study applied a model of heaven under two categories: the spiritual vision model and the new creation model. The research explored the ongoing role of Platonism, Dispensationalism and Fundamentalism in furthering the popular portrayal of the spiritual vision model of heaven. The research concludes that the new creation model provides a more biblical and holistic view of redemption.

Sermons that go to work how preachers apply sermons to the workplace

Author
Robert J Toornstra
Abstract
Christians have difficulty applying their faith in their daily vocations in part because the sermons they hear fail to connect to the needs they face in their workplaces. The purpose of this study was to explore how Christians apply sermons in the workplace. This study was a qualitative study, employing a semi-structured interview protocol with eight individuals employed in a variety of profession. Data was analyzed using the constant-comparative method. The findings of the study demonstrated that there are gaps in the ways that listeners apply sermons at work, and that there are specific steps that pastors can take to equip their listeners to better apply sermons at work.

Christian married men, sexual integrity, and the sea services

Author
Ceistiano S DeSousa
Abstract
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how Christian married men sustain sexual integrity in the Sea Services. Three research questions guided the study: What motivates Christian married men to sustain sexual integrity in the Sea Services? What challenges do Christian married men face in sustaining sexual integrity in the Sea Services? What practices help Christian married men sustain sexual integrity in the Sea Services? The study concluded that Christian married men, chaplains and prospective chaplains must grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, in knowing their spouses better, and acquire a better understanding of human sexuality.

The fatherhood of God: how ministry leaders describe the implications of the doctrine of adoption on the social domain of the personhood

Author
Drew T Lints
Abstract
This study explored the implications of the doctrine of adoption on the social domain of the personhood. A qualitative design with semi-structured interviews of seven ministry leaders was utilized. The research focused on the four spheres of the social domain: relationship with God, self, others and the physical world. The doctrine of adoption was found to have such profound implications on the social domain that it is necessary that ministry leaders develop this doctrine in their discipleship plan. The findings could be used to diagnose avenues of growth and help the Christian better appreciate the depth and breadth of the gospel.

Chinese Christian lay leaders in America : understanding the role of expository preaching

Author
Woon Cheung Chan
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand the views of lay leaders of a Chinese church in North America on the role of expository preaching. Understanding these views can help Chinese pastors to preach God's word effectively and to educate their congregations about the significance of expository preaching in pulpit ministry. This study employed a qualitative design, using semi-structured interviews. The review of literature and analysis of the eight interviews focused on three key areas of preaching that revealed the views of the lay leaders on what constituted biblical preaching. These areas of focus were: the views of lay leaders on preaching in light of their various church experiences in different countries, the views of lay leaders on preaching in relation to other contexts of teaching the Bible in the church, and the views of lay leaders on expository preaching. This study revealed that male and female of Chinese lay leaders share similar views of preaching. This study also concluded that Chinese lay leaders held opinions regarding preaching that were similar to those of preaching of Western Christians.

How kirk sessions in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland approach and provide pastoral care for their congregations

Author
Ivan Neish
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to understand how Kirk Sessions of in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland provided pastoral care. This study utilized a qualitative design using interviews with elders of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The literature review focused on four aspects of pastoral care: strategies used by Sessions, personal involvement of elders, elements affecting elders' individual engagement, and assessment by elders of the pastoral care. This study concluded that it is possible to transition from a district visitation strategy to one that includes a more corporate approach.

A qualitative study examining how founding pastors in Presbyterian churches negotiate leadership challenges subsequent to transition from church plant to organized congregation

Author
Thomas C Gibbs
Abstract
Presbyterian church planters who remain as a congregation's founding pastor negotiate leadership challenges, which occur subsequent to the church's organization and are related to the creation of a session and newfound power dynamics. Using qualitative research methods and a semi-structured protocol to interview six founding pastors, this study explored how pastors negotiate these leadership challenges. Four research questions guided the research: (1) What leadership challenges do Presbyterian pastors face? (2) How do pastors experience challenges? (4) How do pastors negotiate these challenges?

The role of the pastor in the process of developing ordained leadership

Author
James Daele Funyak
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to discover the role of the pastor in the process of developing ordained leadership in the church. The study followed a qualitative research method, utilizing semi-structured interviews with seven pastors, analyzed in a constant comparative method. The research explored volunteerism, leadership, and leadership development. This study concluded that pastors are uniquely engage in two aspects of the leadership development process: identifying and developing the role and function of the ordained leadership within their specific church and in identifying and developing individuals to fulfill the specific role and function of the ordained leadership within their church.
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