Baptists--United States

A Revitalization Strategy for FirstNSB A Family Church

Author
Brandon Luke McKinney
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a revitalization strategy for First Baptist Church of New Smyrna Beach, Florida (FirstNSB). The project director obtained demographic data for a specific study area surrounding the church as well as a twenty-year profile for the church. Additionally, the project director surveyed selected leaders in the church. The community and church data helped the project director to determine trends in the community and the church. The project director also researched church revitalization resources in order to discover best practices for revitalization. A multigenerational team of twelve persons was selected from the church membership and the project director led this team through a process to develop a revitalization strategy. The revitalization strategy developed by the team was presented to the church leadership for approval. The strategy was approved unanimously by the church leadership.

Developing a Family Outreach Strategy for First Baptist Church of Verdigris, Verdigris, Oklahoma

Author
Mark A Boyd
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an outreach strategy for First Baptist Church of Verdigris, Oklahoma (FBCV), in order to reach families with school age children. The project director led selected members of FBCV to develop a multifaceted family outreach strategy to reach families with school age children in the surrounding community. The project director explored different family models of ministry for evangelistic church growth and revitalization. Next, the project director collected and evaluated the demographic data in a one, three and five-mile radius along with the internal annual church profile date of FBCV. Then the project director interviewed pastors of growing churches that were similar in culture and size to FBCV prior to their breakout in reaching families with children. Finally, utilizing the resources gathered, the project director and the outreach strategy team met for six sessions and developed a multi-faceted family outreach strategy designed to reach families with school age children for FBCV. The project director presented the strategy to the church members of FBCV for acceptance who formally accepted the strategy in a special called business meeting on November 05, 2017.

Developing a Vision Strategy for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina

Author
Robert C Sipper
Abstract
Seeking to reach a community with the gospel of Jesus Christ requires an intentional path for fostering lives of investment and passion. The purpose of this project was to develop a vision strategy for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina. By studying the demographics of the community and the church, the project director hoped to see God working to bring believers together to formulate avision strategy. Concurrently, the project director studied and evaluated several models for developing a vision strategy, seeking to guide a leadership team to discover the unique makeup of the church and how an intentional strategy within the framework of a tailored model will guide the future of the church. Professionally, the project director sought to grow in his knowledge of vision strategies and ability to adapt avision strategy process to other venues. Additionally, the project director hoped to gain leadership skills that transcend the project for use inmultiple settings in the church and community. The project director planned to use various rubrics and evaluators to appraise the research, methodology, and concluding product. Ultimately, the project director desired to see ministry alignment across various programs and arenewed passion for community ministry.

Developing a Revitalization Strategy for Broad Street Baptist Church, Hawkinsville, Georgia

Author
Jeff Waters
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church revitalization strategy for Broad Street Baptist Church (BSBC) in Hawkinsville, Georgia. A vision team made up of lay-leaders from BSBC was appointed. They examined demographic information of the church and the surrounding community. The informatoin included attendance data, financial data, and the demographic make-up and trends of the community. Next, the vision team assisted the project director by giving insight into an overall strategy for revitalization and setting goals to accomplish health and growth. The vision team presented the strategy to the church for approval.

Developing a community needs assessment of at-risk students at Fyffe High School, Fyffe, Alabama

Author
Keith L Atchley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a community needs assessment of at-risk students in Fyffe High School in Fyffe, Alabama, for the purpose of making recommendations to Fyffe First Baptist Church (Fyffe FBC) on how to best minister to these students and their parents. Multiple forms of demographic data were considered in order to identify the age ranges, socio-economic status, and behaviors that contribute to students becoming at-risk. Interviews with local and state agencies along with local school officials were conducted to ascertain what forms of assistance are available to students and if any proactive interventions are in place to prevent students from slipping into the at-risk category. Research and surveys were conducted in order to discover and assess the age and grade level of students who can be most impacted by intervention and support strategies.

Developing a church plant strategy for First Baptist Church of Theodore, Theodore, Alabama

Author
David B Gill
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church plant strategy for First Baptist Church of Theodore, Theodore, Alabama. The project included three main phases: research, strategy development, and presentation. Phase one researched demographics of Theodore, Alabama and numerous books on church planting, church revitalization, and church health. The project director also attended three workshops on church planting. An annotated bibliography was used to design a curriculum for phase two. Phase two selected a group of church leaders from First Baptist Church of Theodore who met for five sessions to study the best practices of church planting and develop a church plant strategy for FBCT. Phase three completed the project as the church plant strategy team designed a strategy and a written narrative before presenting the proposal to the deacon body of FBCT. The results of the project enhanced the project director's knowledge of church planting and strategy development skills.

An evangelistic, church growth strategy for York Terrace Baptist Church, Sheffield, Alabama

Author
Rodney B Shewbart
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an evangelistic, church-growth strategy for York Terrace Baptist Church, Sheffield, Alabama. The project director gathered and analyzed demographics information to more effectively understand the general composition of the population of the city of Sheffield, Alabama, and its surrounding communities. The project director explored the biblical models for evangelism and church growth found in the Bible, gathering resources to provide the strategic planning team with the necessary scriptural and historical support. Next, the project director interviewed pastors and church leaders whose churches are experiencing significant growth in areas with cultural and demographic similarities to that of York Terrace Baptist Church. Finally, utilizing the resources gathered, the project director and a strategic planning team developed an evangelistic, church-growth plan for York Terrace Baptist Church. The plan was presented to the deacon body and the congregation of York Terrace Baptist Church for acceptance and implementation.

Researching the major contemporary perspectives of soteriology among Southern Baptists in order to develop a curriculum for Texas Baptist students

Author
Leighton Charles Flowers
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to research the major contemporary perspectives pertaining to the biblical doctrine of salvation in order to create a student curriculum to effectively teach a non-Calvinistic Southern Baptist perspective. As a result of the research, a greater understanding of the soteriological issues and the various biblical interpretations was gained. The data was then compiled into a format that is easy to understand and engage. Modern teaching resources which have proven to be effective in training students were employed in developing the new curriculum. Evaluation of the soteriological content, curriculum effectiveness, and the overall growth of the project director were fundamental to the completion of this project.

A strategy for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions to mitigate acute stress in ministers who serve in catastrphic crises in Alabama

Author
Mark J Wakefield
Abstract
The purpose of the project in minstry is to equip its ministers to serve well and lead in ministering during a catastrophic crisis. This project develoepd a faith-based strategy to equip ministers with knowledge of crisis ministry and how it will affect them. The training offers information and skill sbaout caring for themsleves and others in crisis. During the immediate crisis response, the State Board of Missions provided intervention specialists to come alongside the ministers for support. When the effects of the stress seem to be hampering the minster's overall well-being the intervention specialist refers to mental health professionals for more definitive care. Followiong th eimmediate crisis minstry, the State Board of Missions offered pastoral care services and a retreat for the purpose of renewal and recovery in a group setting. The State Board of Missions also will make individual care available in that setting.

The Precollege Development Of Spiritual Leadership Through The Home Church.

Author
Russell Elam
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to discover the influence of the home church in the precollege development of spiritual leadership within the Independent Baptist Church. Using an anonymous online survey and with the assistance of Boston Baptist College, graduates of the Boston Baptist College were asked to gauge the involvement of their home church in their precollege development as spiritual leaders. While participants demonstrated great affinity for their home churches, the data shows inconsistent and at time nominal leadership development occurring by the home church.
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