Parent and child--Religious aspects--Christianity

Extending Beyond Self Resiliency in Christian Adoptive Parents

Author
Harold Hyung Park
Abstract
Constructivist grounded theory was used to generate a substantive theoretical model for the development of resilience and coping strategies of Christian adoptive parents. "Resilience: Extending Beyond Self" provides a unique theory which illustrates processes in response to adoption-related parenting challenges. The core category that emerged from the research was "seeking connection." Two other categories were also raised including, "turning it over to God," and "seeking new perspectives." These three areas represent protective factors which increasethe likelihood of desirable outcomes in high-stress parenting situations. The model theorizes that the underlying motivation for these three categories is to find support and belonging.

Transforming pre-school education leading young children to be missional disciples of Jesus Christ

Author
Mike A Ianelli
Abstract
The purpose of this research was to identify whether the intentional missional training of pre-school children would result in the parents noticing a positive and influential change within their child. This exploratory study utilized qualitative and quantitative measures to examine perceptions and evaluations of faith formation curriculum. Identical pre- and post-study surveys using the Lijert scale were distributed to accurately trace parental perceptions regarding explicit growth during the use of the new curriculum. The findings show that missional faith formation curriculum achieved greater effectiveness when juxtaposed tot he traditional approach of teaching Bible stories and lessons.

Equipping selected parents at First Baptist Church of Hogansville, Hogansville, Georgia, in biblical storying skills

Author
Roy C Hughes
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to equip a select group of parents at First Baptist Church of Hogansville, Hogansville, Georgia, in biblical storying skills. The components of the project included: 1) researching the fields of discipling children and biblical storying; 2) designing a workshop to equip selected parents in biblical storying skills; and 3) conducting a workshop to equip selected parents in biblical storying. The project drector employed the equipping model for this project.

Missionary couples and the empty nest experience

Author
Floyd L Frey
Abstract
An endeavor to express the author's understanding of the principal biblical, theological, and psychological aspects of the family and of marriage and family while emphasizing dynamics of and ministry to couples serving globally while experiencing the empty nest.

The Great Commission to parents: disciplining our children

Author
Richard T Schwind
Abstract
The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of a four week focused training session on the Great Commission and implementation in disciplining children. The participants were eighteen parents and grandparents within New Community Church of St. Marys Ohio. Robert Coleman's eight principles in The Master Plan of Evangelism (selection, association, consecration, impartation, demonstration, delegation, supervision and reproduction) were the major focus of instruction and hands on week to week assignments. Results from pre- and post-project interviews showed apparent changes in the participants improved awareness and willingness to further their efforts in an intentional process of parental discipleship.

Equipping selected adult caregivers at Amelia Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida, in life management skills for aging parents

Author
Willie D Brunetti
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop and implement and equipping model to provide selected adult caregivers at Amelia Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida, in the life management skills for aging parents. The research director researched the field of elder care and identified the best practices and developed materials to assist in the training of the selected participants. The director then used these materials to develop a four-session workshop whose subjects included: "What is a caregiver?," "Suddenly you are a caregiver," "Encouraging spiritual growth," and "Creating a care plan." At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants understood their role as caregivers and the intricacies of caring for aging parents and created a care plan to help manage the care of aging parents.

Equipping selected fathers at First Baptist Church of Flora, Mississippi, to mentor their sons for Christian manhood

Author
Joseph H Cole
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip a selected group of fathers at First Baptist Church of Flora, Mississippi to mentor their sons for Christian manhood. The project director began by researching the fields of Christian manhood and mentoring. The director developed and implemented a six-session course to equip the participants to mentor their sons in the areas of faith, family, finances, fights, friends, and future. The director wrote daily devotions for the participants and paired them in strength teams to offer encouragement. The course ended with an overnight retreat. This project helped the participants understand the elements of Christian manhood and develop a sense of intentionality toward mentoring their sons.

A mentoring program designed to help selected parents of Grace Fellowship Church lead their children in the spiritual formation practice of regular devotions

Author
Susan Harrison
Abstract
The purpose of this Doctor of Educational Ministry project was to equip the selected parents of Grace Fellowship Church in Overland Park, Kansas, to lead their children in devotions by implementing an in-home mentoring program for parents. The project involved surveys, interviews, participant observation, and case studies. This project concluded that the majority of the parents were equipped and increased their frequency of devotions and spiritual guidance of their children.

We as one body: shepherding parents as spiritual mentors

Author
William L Stomski
Abstract
The parent, child, and faith community relationship is inherent to spiritual growth. Scripture, church history, and liturgical traditions document the primacy of parental involvement. Parents, however, reveal confusion and discomfort with mentoring roles. This thesis project created a survey to examine experiences of Episcopal Church school parents whose children were involved in Communion preparation. The thesis project revealed an improved level of parental comfort having had the opportunity o reflect and reclaim their faith development. Parents welcome a partnership with the faith community in seeking direction.

Bringing it home: a hermeneutic phenomenological study

Author
Peter John Hobbs
Abstract
Central to this thesis is a hermeneutic phenomenological, qualitative inquiry of the essence of the lived experience of teenagers doing Lectio Divina with their parents at home. It was anticipated that participating teenagers would demonstrate a willingness to discuss matters of faith, engage in theological reflection, find comfort and enjoyment in doing Lectio Divina with their parents, and show interest in continued spiritual practices at home. The concluding chapter offers reflections, learnings, recommendations and questions pertaining specifically to an ongoing partnership between parent, pastor and congregation as well as the usefulness of hermeneutic phenomenology for pastoral and practical theology.
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