Social change

Ever forward: identifying effective change leadership in social ministry organizations

Author
Julie E Berndt
Abstract
Social ministry organizations face many challenges in the twenty-first century that require the presence of leaders who are able to effectively lead change. This study included case study examinations of three effective change leaders within a large not-for-profit social ministry organization. It investigated how these change leaders effectively use their abilities in vision setting, challenging the prevailing wisdom or process, communication, empowering others, follower development, encouragement, dealing with resistance and challenges, and evaluating initiatives to bring about change in ways that align with and support the mission and ministry of the organization.

A four world model for American African empowerment and sufficiency

Author
Lewis J Lee
Abstract
This qualitative research project addressed the problem of understanding the nature of American African leadership development and leadership styles. Research design methods included a two-part data collection effort. Part one consisted of a wide-scope examination of the general nature of leadership. Part two contained a focused, three-phased analysis of American African leadership figures. Data taken from project research revealed the nature of American African leadership development. Additional research revealed ineffective leadership paradigms such as a black theology of liberation. A new people group such as American Africans can offer second-order change solutions to overcome the current state of cultural malaise.

Renewing our vows to the neighborhood: purpose, pitfalls and possibilities

Author
Blaine C Newhouse
Abstract
The conviction that inspires this project is that God desires to see all churches prevail. Unfortunately, churches in transitioning neighborhoods struggle predictably with how best to respond to the unique challenges and opportunities presented by changing demographics. The project grows out of the experiences of a local congregation, Calvary Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan over an eight year period. This project shows that is is possible/preferable for an established congregation to embrace a community undergoing economic, ethnic or cultural change. Central to this process is a commitment to respond proactively to change while people, financial and spiritual resources are in greater supply - to implement a thoughtful and strategic plan to leverage these resources and remain a positive kingdom presence in the community.

Biblical preaching and its implications for social reform in a developing nation

Author
Reuben E Cooper
Abstract
This model-in-ministry project will establish biblical preaching as an instrument for social reform in a developing nation. Through the medium of classical biblical preaching, a collection of sermons will be highlighted to reflect how the preaching event impacts upon the minds and hearts of the hearers toward an ultimate response and participation as concerned citizens in a developing nation. Thus, these messages will be used as a catalyst for equipping members of the "household of faith" to assume their rightful roles and places as "salt of the earth and light of the world" in transforming and maintaining social, religious and political progress in a developing nation.

Preaching to prepare for racial and ethnic change: themes based on the doctrine of sanctification in the theology and sermons of C G Finney

Author
Shawn Kafader
Abstract
This project emerges from pastoral contact, local and national racial and ethnic data, the historical/theological ministry of Charles G Finney (1792-1875) and a creative pastoral vision. The project proposes a preaching strategy to prepare congregations for racial and ethnic change. Material developed includes: the context in which Finney developed his doctrine of Christian sanctification; the abolition themes of Finney's sermons and theology; the application of Finney's themes to current settings; and the development of a preaching strategy to prepare for racial and ethnic change. Conclusions include networking resources, biblical themes, theological emphasis, and pastoral convictions.

A paradigm for preaching personal and social transformation

Author
Gregory Heille
Abstract
Paradigm study in theology is applied to the preaching act. In preaching, Christians, in the midst of chaos, seek historical consciousness by reappropriating tradition in the light of new paradigms. This struggle is made possible by language, regulated by Scripture, and served by the preaching ministry of transformative leaders. Transformation is presented as a journey from emanation to incoherence to reappropriation of tradition. Preaching is presented as a noisy call to transformation which depends on the choral listening of the assembly and the self-definition of the preacher. Preaching, as a way of life, epitomizes the Christian commitment to transformation.

A design for enabling urban congregations to cope with their fear of displacement when faced with communities in transition

Author
David C Downing
Abstract
This project seeks to discover why many urban parishes tend to adhere to traditional ecclesiastical patterns when their neighborhoods undergo change. It explores the thesis that failure to adapt is due to fear of displacement and the resulting sense of loss of power, control, leadership and prestige. Through a study of relevant literature, a developed theology of change and the results of congregational surveys, the project discovers that failure to adapt is not due to fear of displacement, but to fear of the loss of church and neighborhood. A Consultant Manual is presented to help congregations face transitional communities.

An empirical study of the ideologies of violence of foreign missionaries in a national security state

Author
Brendan MacHale
Abstract
This study establishes how the cumulative environment of political violence in an Asian national security state contributes to the ideologies of violence of western Roman Catholic priests living there; and how these ideologies hinder the realization of their mission goal, justice through corporate identification with the poor. The study combines insights from political theology and political systems theory and establishes through questionnaire method that the missionaries are ambivalent about the use of violence as an instrument of change in the social process. The study finds that the resulting pessimism about violence among the missionaries is greater as their years in the country increase.
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