Baptist General Conference of America

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Summer Staff at Cross Timbers Mission Adventure Camp in Davis, Oklahoma

Author
Jason E Langley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the summer staff of CrossTimbers MIssion Adventure Camp in Davis, Oklahoma. In the first phase, the project director administrated a survey to former summer staff and incoming staff. From the gathered data, he developed a spiritual formation profile. IN phase two, the project director researched the area of spiritual formation to discover core practices. He then compiled a report of best practices for spiriutal formation. The project director began phase three by constructing a strategy deelopment plan. Then he assembled a strategy team. Utilizing the profile data and best practice report, the strategy team developed a spiritula formation strategy for summer staff. In the final phase, the project director presented the strategy to the leadership of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for approval.

Dichotomy in the role of executive pastor: shepherd or manager

Author
Timothy Joel Ponzani
Abstract
This study examines: 1) the relationship of the executive pastor's spiritual walk with his or her effectiveness in the executive pastor role as shepherd, 2) specifically how this is modeled and 3) how modeling spiritual disciplines and care influences resultant behavior of the staff ministry team. This study presents findings from surveys conducted with twenty churches from the Baptist General Conference with worship attendance of 1,000+ and having the role of executive pastor.

Changes in the common faith and practice in 21st century BGC churches: an ethnographic study of BGC churches in the South Puget Sound

Author
George Corbit Magby
Abstract
Baptist General Conference principles of faith and practice were delineated by Dr. Gordon Johnson in 1957. His book, My church, established the parameters of these principles. A church in the 21st century has many influences such as post-modernity, mega-churches, and the loss of denominational identity. Church leaders could use some insight into the current state of Baptist faith and practice. Shocking changes have occurred in the past five decades. This dissertation is specifically written for church leaders. It features a timely perspective on the current reality of Baptist faith and practice. This study is presented in five parts: why study Baptist faith and practice; literature that stimulated this study; research findings from pastoral interviews; interpretation of the survey data; and the final summary.

Successfully coaching church planters

Author
Robert J Rowley
Abstract
The thesis of this dissertation is that successful church planting coaches build caring relationships with their planters; know the stages of church planting, and can help their planters progress through those stages; and know how to help their planters realize their potential as a church planter. The literary review surveys some of the key literature concerning church planting, some of the most critical literature concerning coaching, and the literature specifically geared towards the coaching of church planters. The research procedure defines the case study interview questions and church planter surveys used to prove the hypothesis. The case studies involved three of the top church planting coaches in the nation from the International Church of Foursquare Gospel, the Baptist General Conference, and the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

A study of the use of models for ordained parish ministry in the Baptist General Conference

Author
William P Hamren
Abstract
The thesis of this project is that the absence of a dominant model for ordained parish ministry in the Baptist General Conference contributes to the problem of conflicting expectations for ordained parish ministry. This project tests the presence of nine ministry models or role-sets in the Conference through a random survey of senior pastors, laity, Bethel Seminary faculty, national and district leaders. The research reveals the absence of a dominant model, agrees with the typology of the Conference as a Type A Evangelical denomination and reveals other contributing factors to conflict in ministry.

An analysis of the decadal growth patterns of the Baptist General Conference, their causes and implications

Author
Harold L Christenson
Abstract
The hypothesis of this study suggests that the continued collective dynamic ministry of the Baptist General Conference is dependent upon the recognition of the trends and forces that brought it to its present status and the enunciating of a strategy for continued growth based on that recognition. A detailed decadal statistical study of its largest 200 churches was made along with demographic and other cultural data to illustrate the trends that are presently acting upon its ministry. They are as follows: a general pattern of declining growth rates, increasing decay in its funding base, and a serious erosion of outreach ministries.
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