House churches

Equipping Selected Leaders from Nepal in Essential Leadership Competencies

Author
Richard M Fraley
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop essential leadership competencies in cross-cultural context for selected leaders from Nepal. By equipping Nepalese in essential leadership competencies, the project director seeks to align the leaders to a vision taken from Revelation 7:9. The project director will synthesize his research in developing a list of essential competencies and then create curriculum that will be reproducing across house church networks. This will help leaders develop this vision of all peoples knowing and worshipping Jesus Christ. The msision will be impossible without well-trained and character-filled leadership reproducing across Nepal.

The Institutional Regulations and the Leadership of Chinese House Churches: Theory and Practice

Author
Mark Yong Shen
Abstract
The Chinese House Church are having the tremendous growth in the recent 30 years. Yet they also are facing prodigious opportunities and challenges that are never there before. The greatest among them are internal power struggles of the churches, inadequacy of leaderships, dissension due to disunion, chasing fame and money dysfunctional of church disciplines, compromising to sins.etc. Through a more systematic research and analysis on these crisis and challenges, this thesis is to propose contextual institutional regulations for CHC. Furthermore, through the disciplines of Pastoral Ministries, this research can also help to raise the pastoral leadership strength of the pastors in CHC.

The strategies and prospect of theological education among Chinese house churches in the 21st century

Author
Siu Ling Yan
Abstract
The author reviewed the history and current development in China, and analyzed the development of Chinese society in the 21st century. In addition, the author developed a questionnaire which was completed by 150 ministers, who served in Chinese house churches. The author also conducted in-dept interviews with 3 senior theological educators to have them share their teaching expectations on theological education. Based on the collected data through questionnaires and interviews as well as the author's own experience and observation, several strategic recommendations and prospects for theological education in China were provided.

The strategy of caring and developing pastors' wives on China urban house churches

Author
Wen-Ai Chang
Abstract
This dissertation focuses on China's Urban House Churches pastor's wives discussing their healthy self-image and how they balance their roles in the face of challenges from both home and church. According to the theology of creation and pastoral ministry teachings, we can understand how the female was made and the role of a wife in the plan of salvation. Through the theories and principles of psychology and leadership, we can understand the development of the female life cycle and the development of the whole person. This dissertation responds to a questionnaires received from the wives of pastors.

Confirming through prayer governing principles that will guide the next decade of the cell church network in Brazil

Author
William A Beckham
Abstract
God directs network movements through governing principles that Christians discover through prayer. Using a series of personal, small group and large group prayer venues, leaders of the Cell Church Network in Brazil affirmed existing principles that emerged over the past fifteen years and identified new principles for the next decade. Representatives of the network adopted six governing principles at the 2012 annual meeting: every house a church; every member a minister; every church a training center; every church a sending base; every church a multiplying agent of movements; every church a transformation and connection agent.

A manual to help house church leaders in China understand and teach the biblical doctrine

Author
Yan Xiong
Abstract
This thesis presents a rationale for training Chinese house church leaders. The author believes that a true and concise biblical manual will train the Chinese house church leaders, who in turn can help house church Christians to understand the Bible in a way that will eliminate heresies, strengthen faith, and lead them to the kingdom of God. The author researched widely in terms of books, articles, and trustworthy websites. He used a narrative approach as this best suits the subject matter. His conclusion is: a good manual to help Chinese house church leaders is absolutely necessary at this time.

The end of the world as we know it: alternative models of church for the 21st century

Author
Michael G.E Krause
Abstract
In the light of changing Canadian culture, decreasing church attendance, inherent shortcomings of institutionalized attractional models of church, and the challenges of planting conventional, building-based churches in the postmodern context, this thesis project delineates criteria for developing effective missional models of church for the 21st century. To furnish a biblical foundation, the project follows the movement of the first century church from the temple to the house described in the Lukan narrative. Twelve elements of apostolic mission from Luke 10-11 are incorporated into a church-planting model that connects with the households of our day - pre-existing relational networks of people meeting in third places. This biblical model reproduces organically, without depending on a church building, hierarchical structures or paid clergy. It presumes a profound reorientation of ecclesiology around the missio Dei so that mission shapes structure. The author describes specific examples of houseold church planting and applies the model to Hills Church, a house church in Thornhill, Ontario.

Pastoral application of house-cell church

Author
Eung-Yong Kim
Abstract
The Pyungkang Korean Methodist Church, composed of overseas Koreans, experiences loss of sense of community due to the 'low settlement rate,' identity crisis caused by horizontal migration, low ministry participation rate, and weak vitality. These problems are not due to the world but to the fundamentals of the church. In this thesis the house church is proposed as an alternative. The researcher focuses on its fundamental vitality and complementary ecclesiology. By applying characteristics the house church's fundamentals as an organism, its apostolicity, its capacity to be prophetic, and its correspondence with the priesthood of all believers, the researcher hopes to restore the conditions of Pyungkang Methodist Church.

A critical analysis of the New Testament house church and its implications for the contemporary Filipino small group

Author
Emerson Torres Manaloto
Abstract
This project analyzes the house church in terms of its concepts in the first century, its context in the Greco-Roman world, the content of its practices in the New Testament, its implications for the small group's concepts in the twenty-first century, its context in the Filipino world, and the content of its contemporary theology. Chapter 1 introduces the contemporary Filipino small group, its problems, the proposed solution, and the anticipated results. Chapter 2 investigates relevant literature. Chapter 3 introduces the first century church, investigates and interprets the context of the Greco-Roman house churches, and integrates the concept of the New Testament house churches with their Greco-Roman context and the content of their practices. Chapter 4 introduces the concepts of the twenty-first century church and small group, investigates and interprets Filipino small groups, and integrates the content of New Testament church practices with contemporary small group theology. Chapter 5 presents the results on the New Testament house churches and their implications for Filipino small groups. Chapter 6 concludes with recommendations for further research and plans of implementation at Greenhills Christian Fellowship Northeast.

Facilitating church growth in central and eastern Uttar Pradesh

Author
Myron Lynn Witmore
Abstract
The project illustrates how churches planted in rual north India. The church planters use prayer and friendliness to access the people who fit easily into local house churches. The churches that reproduce generally are lead by local believers from the beginning.
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